Virgin Records announce 40th anniversary celebrations

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As we yesterday revealed, Virgin Records will be celebrating 40 years of disruption this summer with a series of exhibitions, live events and exclusive releases.

The label, which was launched by Richard Branson in 1973, was not only the start of one of the worlds most celebrated companies but a home for some of the industrys most influential artists.

The heritage of Virgin Records will be captured through a collection of unseen footage, seminal videos and unique memorabilia in the 40 years of disruption exhibition, which is due to be housed in an exclusive Mornington Crescent venue. The exhibitions creative directors have been announced, with Adrian Shaughnessy and George Lee of This Is Real Art taking the reigns.

This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of live events, with the label taking over the nearby KOKO club, with the shows celebrating four decades of Virgin Records artists involving icons past and present.

Meanwhile the new releases will see an art book edited by music journalist Adrian Thrills and designed by Shaughnessy, a film produced by Leopard Films and directed by Paul Tilzey as well as a compilation CD boxset featuring current Virgin Records artists covering classic Virgin releases.

You can find out more about the labels history by checking out theA to Z of Virgin Records, or if you'd like toreceive the latest updates and exclusive news on the anniversary events the sgn up over on theVirgin 40 website.

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