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Bernard Stollman dies at 85; founded avant-garde record label ESP-Disk
Bernard Stollman dies at 85; founded avant-garde record label ESP-Disk

Bernard Stollman, the founder of ESP-Disk, a persistently independent record company that chronicled a full range of the challenging, inventive music of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. The cause of his April 20 death in Great Barrington, Mass., was complications of cancer, said his brother, Steve Stollman. ESP-Disk albums, which reached from avant-garde jazz to contemporary classical and radical rock, were released with a slogan that read "The artists alone decide what you hear on their ESP-Disk." It was an appealing promise to the young artists of the '60s, when few major labels were receptive to the far-ranging sounds and rhythms of the avant-garde in all its many...

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