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Press release: Vaughan Oliver Remembered By Ivo Watts-Russell 3 January 2020

Vaughan Oliver taught me to appreciate quality. He taught me how to look at the physical world. He was a force of nature and I’m having such a hard time processing this.

I have no idea how to define in a few words the enormous impact he had on my life. Two Virgos with a tendency toward being controlling we somehow managed to compliment and bolster each other in our mission to transcend mediocrity. The breadth and scale of work is incomparable, continuously fanned by the inspiration a new collaboration would bring. I’m aware that we each considered the other a bit of an enigma, a contradiction to our own personalities, and I also know that our mutual respect for each other remained intact.

We had drifted apart having less frequent contact as the years passed and I moved to the States. This last year, aware of an unrelated but...

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Press release: Vaughan Oliver 1957-2019 2 January 2020

“To suggest is to create; to describe is to destroy.” Robert Doisneau

We are incredibly sad to learn of the passing of Vaughan Oliver; there was no-one else like him.

Without Vaughan, 4AD would not be 4AD and it’s no understatement to say that his style also helped to shape graphic design in the late-20th century.

The label’s first employee, he designed his first sleeve for the Modern English single ‘Gathering Dust’ in 1980 before going on to create iconic works for the likes of Pixies, Breeders, Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses, Lush, Pale Saints, TV On The Radio, Scott Walker and countless others. The Guardian said his designs were “abstract, dreamlike, elegant” and they weren’t wrong, he gave both us as a label and our musicians an identity and a voice.

We will miss you Vaughan and our thoughts are with your family and friends. We were blessed to...

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Press release: Beggars Music has a new website! 6 December 2019

The publishing arm of Beggars, known as ‘Beggars Music’ – is excited to launch a brand new website.
Feel free to poke around it!

https://beggarsmusic.com/

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