Between Hello & Goodbye: The Secret World of Sarah Records Zine
Between Hello & Goodbye: The Secret World of Sarah Records - zine to accompany the screening and exhibition at Arnolfini in 2014.
Operating at first from a telephone-free basement at the top of Blackboy Hill and then from a house overlooking Bedminster station, Sarah Records released 100 7" pop singles between 1987 and 1995. Clare Wadd and Matt Haynes, the label's young founders, then took out adverts in the music press headed 'A Day For Destroying Things' announcing that the label was over and that they didn't do encores.
Since then, Sarah has acquired almost legendary status around the world, and is now the subject of both a documentary - My Secret World, made by filmmaker Lucy Dawkins - and a book, Popkiss: the Life and Afterlife of Sarah Records (forthcoming from Bloomsbury).
As well as displaying a healthy DIY punk attitude, the idiosyncratic label saw its productions as something of a love letter to its home city. Photos of Bristol featured on the centre labels of its singles, compilations were named after local places, and postcards that formed a jigsaw of Temple Meads station were given away.