Vagrant Records

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Vagrant Records is an American record label that originally specialized in musicians from the fields of punk and emo or emocore . In 2014, the previously independent label was taken over by BMG .


Vagrant Records was founded in 1992 by face-to-face manager Rich Egan and his friend Jon Cohen in Hollywood , California . The label's first major release, a compilation , featured bands like Face to Face, Down by Law and Samiam in 1994 . 1998 saw the release of Vagrant's first studio album, The Hurt Process by Boxer . In the same year, a live album from Face to Face proved to be the first major commercial success with over 80,000 units sold.

Over time the company grew to more than a dozen employees. In Europe, the panels are sold through Rough Trade .

In addition to the albums of individual bands and artists, Vagrant also released a compilation series. This appeared under the name Another Year on the Streets . Vagrant also released a soundtrack CD for the computer game Tony Hawk's American Wasteland in 2005 , on which some of the bands represented on the label and groups such as My Chemical Romance , Rise Against and Thrice punk rock classics by u. a. Black Flag , Minor Threat and the Bad Brains covered.

At the time of the takeover by BMG in 2014, the industry service Billboard estimated the label's sales in the US music market at 5 million US dollars.

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  1. Martina Gabric: BMG takes over Vagrant Records, Jon Cohen becomes EVP Recorded Music ( Memento of the original from August 12, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. ,, November 19, 2014 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Ed Christman: Vagrant Records Bought by BMG Chrysalis ,, November 17, 2014