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Publishing deal signed

Lawyers on pedalos

23 Apr 1999

Publishing deal signed
Seemed like a good idea at the time.
Will Champion

In a glorious display of ‘well why not?’ Coldplay’s publishing contracts were signed not in the offices of a lawyer, but floating on a lake in the middle of London’s Hyde Park. Quite whose idea this was seems to have been lost in the mists of time – as was the exact reasoning behind it.

Publishing is the realm of Caroline Ellary, one of Debs Wild’s strongest co-conspirators and also hugely instrumental in pushing the band to an industry who may otherwise have walked on by.

Caroline is now the head of A&R for Universal Music Publishing. It’s unclear whether this role still requires aquatic skills.

Oh, and you can still rent pedalos at Hyde Park, if you fancy recreating this momentous occasion.


Will Champion
Will Champion

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