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Munich label Trikont celebrates its 50th anniversary

The independent label started life as a left wing book publisher in 1967

Touted as probably Germany's oldest independent record label, the Munich based Trikont celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a book, a CD box set and a new website homepage.

Starting out in 1967 as a radical left wing publishing company for books such as Che Guevara’s Bolivian Diary, in 1971 Trikont changed direction to become a record label with the motto “our own voice”. To date, the label has 492 releases under its belt, covering artists such as Embryo, Michael Hurley, Daniel Johnston and Accordions Go Crazy (featuring members Clive Bell and Sylvia Hallett), and releasing compilations such as the Jon Savage compiled England's Dreaming, John Peel and Sheila Ravenscroft's The Pig's Big 78s: A Beginner's Guide, and Christoph Wagner's American Yodeling 1911 - 1946.

To mark the occasion the label will release the biography Die Trikont-Story: Musik, Krawall Und Andere Schöne Künste by Christof Meueler & Franz Dobler, and a 50th anniversary sampler on 3 CDs, featuring artists from the label. On top of that, they also have a new homepage.