Illegal Records was an independent record label, founded by Miles Copeland III with his younger brother Stewart Copeland and the manager of The Police, Paul Mulligan[1] in 1977. The label released The Police's debut single, "Fall Out".[2]

Illegal Records
Illegal Records logo.jpg
FounderMiles Copeland III, Stewart Copeland, Paul Mulligan
Statusdefunct since 1988
GenreAlternative rock, punk rock
Country of originUnited States

Copeland went on to sign more artists and started several other indie sublabels including: Deptford Fun City Records, Step-Forward Records and Total Noise Records. He also launched the foreign divisions, France & Netherlands, that released some of the same titles with different catalogue numbers, and some exclusive titles as well.

In 1979, after Copeland started I.R.S. Records, Illegal became its distributor in UK and Europe. It continued its operations until 1988, when it merged its operations with I.R.S.

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  1. ^ a b Paul Marko Popular music genres: an introduction. Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  2. ^ [1] Archived 10 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Punk rock: so what? : the cultural ... Retrieved 8 January 2010.
  4. ^ The Roxy London Wc2: A Punk History. The Roxy Club London:Punk, 2007. ISBN 0955658306. Retrieved 8 January 2010.

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