The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 September 2004

The label that will not die

Producer, entrepreneur, and alleged "free man in Paris" — well, he did stoke the star-maker machinery behind the popular song — David Geffen brought forth upon this earth in the early Seventies a new label, which he called Asylum, and offered it unto Atlantic Records, that they might distribute it.

The first artist signed to Asylum was Jackson Browne, though the first actual album issued was Judee Sill (SD 5050). Geffen took over a floundering post-Jac Holzman Elektra in 1973 and moved Asylum under the Elektra banner — or maybe it was the other way around. In the middle Seventies, Asylum, as the prime outpost of L. A. pop, simply ruled, with the Eagles and Linda Ronstadt and Canadian expat Joni Mitchell all over the media map. Eventually, Geffen departed, setting up a label bearing his own name, and Elektra gradually put Asylum out of its misery.

The Warner Music Group, which still owned the label name, now has decided to resurrect Asylum once again, this time as a hip-hop shop. Things have certainly changed in the Hotel California.

(Via The Media Drop)

Posted at 10:40 AM to Tongue and Groove

But the inmates are still running the place, right?

Posted by: McGehee at 9:41 PM on 8 September 2004

Some things never change.

Posted by: CGHill at 1:10 PM on 9 September 2004