Mission of Burma
The Cars
John Lincoln Wright and the Sour Mash Boys
Donna Summer
Arthur Fiedler
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Bonne Raitt
Chick Corea
James Taylor
The J. Geils Band
Tom Rush

To preserve, honor and showcase New England’s musical heritage.


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In the mid-1980s, when compact discs were new and exciting, Rykodisc became known as the record industry’s first CD-only label. Located on Pickering Wharf in Salem MA, the company was founded by four men with ties to the music business.  One was Don Rose (who formerly ran a local label called EAT Records, specializing in cult bands like Human Sexual Response).  The others were his brother-in-law Rob Simonds, who ran a Minneapolis-based business specializing in Japanese import albums (at that time, many CDs and albums were manufactured in Japan); Douglas Lexa, also an importer and marketer of Japanese records, based…

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