Workers Music Association

This clearly isn’t a great sleeve but it was the political spirit behind the EP which made me pick it out of a pile of charity shop 7″ tat to investigate further (and it sort of follows on from the revolutionary anthems LP I posted recently). Clearly inspired by the socialist end of the political scale, it was released by the Workers Music Association, indeed it was their label debut.  And from looking about on the internet, their last!  The WMA (great label logo!) was founded in 1936 and is still going, but concentrates on the live and written music scene.  It’s hard to date the three track EP, which their website doesn’t even mention, and there is nothing to say when it was recorded either, but from the look of the design (by Brooks) I would say the early Sixties when the format was arguably at it’s peak.  After this, the label did produce a few more records but issued them via labels like Topic and Nevis, or were involved in the publishing side of the albums (which probably meant they earned a bit for their organisation).

What is a bit strange is that they changed the sleeve for this release, perhaps for a second run, to an uncredited design shown below.

“To encourage the composition and performance of music with special regard to that which expresses the ideals and aims of humankind towards the improved organisation of society, music which exerts an influence against social injustices of our present society and music which encourages and reflects the activities and aspirations of the labour and peace movements for a new society…” So sadly still plenty of work to be done.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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