Best. Rejection Letter. Ever.

Back in 1979 and 1980, no record label wanted to touch a young band from Dublin called U2.  It was only after much arm-twisting that manager Paul McGuinness managed to extract a modest deal out of tiny Island Records.

They still exist.  RSO does not.  Discuss.

U2-RSO rejection letter


More great rejection letters can be found at Mental Floss.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “Best. Rejection Letter. Ever.

  • March 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I’m confused, is there an inside joke I’m missing? this seems to be an extremely generic rejection letter. maybe the humour is in retrospect because we now know how amazing they are, but nothing about the letter itself strikes me as the best *anything* ever.

    • March 6, 2014 at 7:28 pm

      Well… what do you think RSO and Mr. Sinclair would think about this letter 10 years later (1989) or now?
      I don’t want myself or my company be remebered as the record company that rejected one of the most successful bands of all times. Would you?


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