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Columbia Records recording artist Billy Joel.

On Oct. 30th, Columbia Records will release two books and a disc in celebration of its 125th anniversary. 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story is written by Sean Wilentz and is being published by Chronicle books. It traces the history of the label from its founding in 1880 until today. At the same time, a separate book –The Columbia Records Story: Legends and Legacy–will be published. Author Dave Marsh will tell the stories of 263 of the greatest tracks released by the label. Marsh’s commentary will be accompanied by a disc with those tracks.

The release puts it in context:

Columbia’s list of major performers, past and present, is unsurpassed and includes much of the most important, and beloved music in all genres, including pop, rock, country, show tunes, classical, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, and blues. Artists recorded by Columbia and its subsidiaries have included Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Miles Davis, Leonard Bernstein, Johnny Cash, Beyonce, Adele, Billy Joel, Al Jolson, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Robert Johnson, Bing Crosby, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, Tony Bennett, Simon and Garfunkel, Leonard Cohen, Neil Diamond, Aerosmith, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Yo-Yo Ma, LL Cool J, James Taylor, Philip Glass, Mariah Carey, Lauryn Hill, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Jack White, and more.

Here is a more complete list of current or past Columbia artists.