‘Urban Archaeology: Twenty-One Years of Mo’Wax’ Highlights Britain’s Seminal Record Label
The man behind one of the most influential record labels in contemporary music, James Lavelle has released a book in celebration of his Mo’Wax imprint. Titled Urban Archaeology: Twenty-One Years of Mo’Wax, the special hardback tome coincides with the Mo’Wax exhibition taking place in June, and presents itself as a retrospect of the label’s musical tenure — from its early influences from Star Wars, Def Jam and Japanese manga art to the signing of some of electronic music’s most iconic. The book also encompasses Mo’Wax’s artistic identity shown via a plethora of record covers by Will Bankhead and Ben Drury, while its strong presence in street culture and fashion is seen through in-depth articles on projects with NIGO and A Bathing Ape, KAWS, Futura and Medicom. Priced at $60 USD, the book has been announced through a new September release through Rizzoli.