Perhaps one of the most respected record brands (and among the initial widely-known independent brands), ROIR, was founded by Neil Cooper. A previous agent for MCA and Famous Performers, Cooper created the brand new York-based independent TOUCH BASE International Information in 1979 release a material exclusively on cassette tapes (because of booming sales from the newly-invented Sony Walkman portable cassette participant). ROIR’s initial release emerged in 1981 by Adam Chance as well as the Contortions, that was quickly implemented up with game titles by such acclaimed punk rock and roll acts as Poor Brains, Glenn Branca, Tv, Suicide, MC5, Johnny Thunders, G.G. Allin, Flipper, and the brand new York Dolls, amongst others (ROIR was also popular for focusing on reggae/dub produces). With the past due ’90s, ROIR finally started reissuing their back again catalogue in the industry’s recommended format, compact disk. Cooper passed on from tumor on August 13, 2001 in NY, at age 71.