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EMI HOME FRONT – 1939 to 1945

The EMI Archive Trust thanks the men and women based at the EMI Factory and Hayes, whose contribution was essential to the British War effort, in both civilian and military roles. Photographs: EMI Home Guard,  C-Coy. 17th Btn. N.F. Team April 1944Speech: Winston Churchill – War of the Unknown Warrior – Broadcast July 14 1940 […]

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D-Day Landings reported by ‘The EMI Home Guardian’ June 6th 1944

‘The EMI Home Guardian’ is a little known newspaper created for and by C-Coy. 17th Btn. and the Home Guard based on the EMI Factory site, Hayes, Middlesex throughout WWII. This extract, written 75 years ago, marks the D-Day Landings, 6th June 1944, one of the most remarkable Allied wartime operations. ‘The EMI Home Guardian’ Since […]

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Secrets of the EMI Archive – 1

‘Nipper Runs Amok’ By David Hughes MBE – Trustee of EMI Archive Trust. Archives and secrets go together, and the EMI archive is no exception. Archives are not visitor attractions; they are not laid out beautifully in lovely display cabinets. The key words are preservation and safety.  Initially, presumably, for good business practice, The Gramophone […]

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Review of Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident

Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident is a historical re-imagining of a key part in the remarkable story of India’s first recording artist. It follows young American recording engineer Fred Gaisberg (Jordon Kemp) journey to India to record Gauhar Jaan (Sheetal Kapoor) acclaimed voice for the British Gramophone Company. On his journey, he is told […]

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Inventor of Stereo Sound Alan Dower Blumlein’s World- Changing 1931 Patent Celebrated as Part of the UK Government’s ‘GREAT for Imagination’ Campaign

LONDON, February 8, 2018 – Universal Music is proud to announce that pioneering EMI engineer Alan Dower Blumlein’s ground-breaking invention of stereo sound is being celebrated as part of a major campaign launched by the UK government, marking the 400th anniversary of the grant of British patent number one. The campaign, titled ‘GREAT for Imagination’, […]

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