New Leader Record

New Leader Record (U.K.) / 1927

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Design: Featuring Pegasus, the powerful winged horse of Greek mythology, perhaps to suggest divine messages being brought from the gods.

History: Label scan courtesy of music researcher and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K., who notes that this label was recorded by Pathé for the socialist newspaper Lansbury's Labour Weekly (see label) and usually featured speeches by high-profile British socialist MPs; it could only be bought by mail order. The audacious 1917 hijacking of Russia by the Bolsheviks had captured the sympathetic imagination of many British unionists and intellectuals, who also began working for the vision of worldwide socialism. Thanks for updated info to Mike Weaver of the U.K.: "The first few titles were recorded for Lansbury's Labour Weekly, which was absorbed by the New Leader in mid-1927. The catalogue of seven recordings were then re-released on the New Leader label, with another three titles being added. The New Leader was the organ of the Independent Labour Party, which was founded in 1893 and which, about 10 years later, was instrumental in the formation of the present-day Labour Party." From Wikipedia: "George Lansbury ['Dear old George'], 1859-1940) was a British politician, socialist, Christian pacifist and newspaper editor. He was a member of Parliament from 1910 to 1912 and from 1922 to 1940, and leader of the Labour Party from 1932 to 1935."

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