|Janie & Jimi
Industry Profile: Janie Hendrix
By Larry LeBlanc
This week In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Janie Hendrix, president/CEO of Experience Hendrix
Forty years after his untimely death at 27, Jimi Hendrix’s musical legacy continues to be appreciated by his fans while attracting new followers, and transcending generational boundaries.
According to sources, Hendrix’s catalog sells some 500,000 albums annually in the United States, while worldwide sales average about 1.2 million units per year. His songs have been covered by everyone from Eric Clapton to John Mayer
While Hendrix’s catalog has been continuously repackaged over the years we will now hear more--much more--from the legendary singer/guitarist who passed away Sept. 18, 1970 in London.
Last year, Seattle-based Experience Hendrix, the Hendrix family-owned company founded by Al Hendrix, Jimi’s father--and now headed by Jimi’s stepsister Janie Hendrix as its president/CEO--struck an 8 year worldwide licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment.
The deal took effect Jan. 1, 2010. Universal Music Group had previously held the master licenses for the bulk of the Hendrix catalog since 1997.
This year Sony will launch an extensive reissue program that includes deluxe CD/DVD versions of “Are You Experienced?,” “Axis: Bold As Love,” “Electric Ladyland” by the Jimi Hendrix Experience; the Dagger Records officially-sanctioned “bootleg” line; and previously unreleased archival recordings and filmed concerts.
Last year, Experience Hendrix shifted administration of the Hendrix publishing catalog from Sony/ATV Music Publishing to Universal Music Publishing Group. Sony/ATV had administered the Hendrix catalog outside the U.S. since 1998. The U.S. publishing rights continue to be handled by Experience Hendrix.
The first issue under the Sony Music Entertainment deal is “Valleys of Neptune” on March 9th. It is an album, produced by Janie Hendrix, John McDermott and Hendrix's longtime engineer Eddie Kramer, of 12 previously unreleased studio recordings primarily from 1969.
Among the album’s highlights are the title track—being released globally ahead of the album; covers of Elmore James' blues classic "Bleeding Heart" and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love"; and Hendrix original songs "Ships Passing Through The Night," and "Lullaby For The Summer.” Also included is "Mr. Bad Luck," a track recorded from “ Axis: Bold as Love” sessions in 1967.
Also being released on March 9th are CD/DVD versions of the albums “Are You Experienced?,” “Axis: Bold As Love,” “Electric Ladyland,” and “First Rays of the New Rising Sun.” Each features documentaries directed by the Bob Smeaton with interviews with former Experience members Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, and Billy Cox; former producer/co-manager Chas Chandler; and Kramer.
In addition, the 1969 Experience compilation “Smash Hits” is being reintroduced, and “Live At Woodstock” will now be available, both as a DVD, and as a Blu-ray Disc.
At some point, Hendrix’s core recording catalog will be issued as a box set for the first time.
Meanwhile, Experience Hendrix Tour 2010, a 17-date national tour presented by Experience Hendrix, kicks off March 4th. It will include Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford, Doyle Bramhall II, and Ernie Isley, along with Cox.
Al Hendrix died in 2002 at the age of 82. By this time, Experience Hendrix, the company he founded and entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, had gained control of his master recordings.
In 1993, Al Hendrix had filed suited in federal court in Seattle against the Bella Godiva, Inherit, Elber, and Are You Experienced companies, as well as his former attorney Leo Branton Jr. Al Hendrix charged that Branton had wrongly transferred Jimi Hendrix’s assets to the co-defendant companies. In July, 1995 a settlement was reached that effectively transferred ownership of all Hendrix musical works to Al Hendrix.
Since then, there’s been a steady flow of officially-sanctioned Jimi Hendrix titles.
His prodigious studio and stage work have afforded Dagger an abundant amount of raw, if uneven, material from which to draw, Meanwhile, the Experience Hendrix imprint has issued such mainstream packages as "Experience Hendrix: The Best of Jimi Hendrix" (1998), the two-disc "BBC Sessions," (1998), "Live at Woodstock" (1999), and "Live at the Fillmore East” (1999).
Under Janie Hendrix, adopted by Al Hendrix in 1968 when he married her mother, Experience Hendrix today makes every effort to safeguard Jimi Hendrix’s legacy for an estate that has grown to be worth over $80 million.
This, as you probably guess, has not been easy.
Last year, for example, a Seattle judge ordered the makers of Electric Hendrix Vodka to pay the estate $3.2 million in damages and cease selling the spirit.
In 2008, Experience Hendrix obtained summary judgment against the London Times. The UK court awarded Experience Hendrix recoupment of its legal costs while rejecting the legal arguments and related factual contentions advanced by the London Times over its alleged right to distribute a CD recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Albert Hall in London in 1969. The court will soon consider the amount of a damage award in a further proceeding.
In 2005, the High Court of Justice in London held that the U.K. indie label Purple Haze Records and Lawrence Miller were liable for infringing the rights of Experience Hendrix in their recordings of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1969 Konserthuset performance in Stockholm.
In 1969, a Swedish broadcasting organization had filmed and recorded the Hendrix concert with permission. In 2004, Purple Haze released CDs of the concert, claiming rights through an assignment from attorney John Hillman, who claimed rights from Yameta, a Bahamas-based off shore company.
Many of the estate’s legal wrangles can be traced back to 1966 when Jimi Hendrix appointed Yameta, operated by nightclub owner Michael Jeffery and bassist/producer Chas Chandler, to be his manager; and he granted the company exclusive rights to his performances.
The company was entitled to a 40% share of gross payments made to Hendrix, but was excluded from receiving royalties from recordings or publishing under the manager's control.
Jeffery, however, was killed in 1973 in a mid-air collision over Nantes, France, while aboard an Iberia Airlines DC-9, and legal tangles ensued. Former Hendrix co-manager/producer Chandler, also bassist with the Animals, died in 1996.
Two years ago, Janie was sued by Jimi's younger brother, Leon Hendrix, Leon's children and seven other members of the Hendrix family over the estate.
They claimed Janie schemed for years to have Leon cut from Al Hendrix's will, and exploited his dependence on her and his legal naiveté to get her way.
During her time on the stand, Janie described how she had worked to help her father win back the legal rights to Jimi's music.
In his 35-page decision, Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell said that Leon Hendrix didn't prove that Janie Hendrix unlawfully coerced Al Hendrix into denying Leon and his children a place in the estate. Ramsdell added that Al Hendrix, while not healthy, appeared to know exactly what he was doing when he signed his 1998 will.
Does it get tiring dealing with Jimi Hendrix matters?
You’ve never heard “Purple Haze” and sighed?
Never. In fact, we have been listening to the VON (“Valleys of Neptune”) album. I’ve let my kids hear it. My youngest is a techie. He asked, “Mom can I download it on my computer.” I said, “No.” “Mom, you don’t trust me.” “It’s not that I don’t trust you but, if you want to listen to it, you ride with me in my car, and we will listen to it.”
Why so long for this album to be issued?
Well, after we started Experience Hendrix (in 1995) we knew that we had 10 years of recordings. This (album) was going to be part of the first phase. Then, when we found the Chas Chandler tapes for a box set, that took precedent. Then, along with some of the other releases, we pushed it back to the second phase. Knowing that we would have another 10 more years of music really makes us more valuable to Jimi, and to the record company.
The estimated annual sale in America for the Hendrix catalog is 500,000 units and 1.2 million units a year internationally.
So they say. I don’t know. I think it varies. I saw something in Forbes (business magazine) about us, and I thought, “Really?” A lot of times, they are guessing (about revenue).
Have you waited too long for this release of unheard tracks given the downward spiral of physical sales, and illegal downloading online?
Here it is four decades later (after Jimi’s passing). In two years, Jimi would have been 70. Hard to imagine. I don’t think we have waited too long because record sales are still doing well. Four months after any given release of an album (by Jimi) it goes “gold,” and it increases the catalog.
The fans that love Jimi’s music are not only loyal, but the older ones have followed him. They have seen Jimi in concert. They are now teaching the younger generation about him. We have fans as young as pre-teens wanting Jimi’s music. As every generation goes by, the kids are getting more and more excited about his music.
This “Valleys of Neptune” is an incredible album. It sounds as if it was recorded this year. It’s fresh. It’s new. It’s exciting. It doesn’t sound as if it was recorded in the ‘60s. It sounds as if Jimi here with us today and creating music still.
There’s continuity with Jimi’s original engineer Eddie Kramer still being involved in his music.
Absolutely. It is really amazing working with Eddie. Being in the zoo with him is like going on an excursion in the country; and he can teach you what he has learned. It is like being with a professor that actually lived it; been there; and can share his experiences. Listening to a lot of the songs--if he’s at The Record Plant--also sparks conversations about some other things that might have happened; especially if he hears a portion of a song. Or, if we are working on a certain project, he will go, “Oh, you know, earlier that night or later on that night, this happened” or “this is what was happening here” or “we were in this studio, and these (people) happened to come by.” It really is great to have someone who was there, and who Jimi trusted.
You, Eddie and John McDermott have worked on several reissues. When was the first time you really got down and dirty on a project?
I would say the box set ("The Jimi Hendrix Experience" in 2000) was when we got really down and dirty. We were able to transfer all of those tapes in London at Abbey Road Studios, and hear everything that the (previous estate) administration had their hands on. Just to be able to hear songs in different versions was amazing. (Listening) was never-ending. It was just constant music for four days, 18 hours a day. That was incredible.
There’s another box set coming?
Yes. We are going to do a box set of the core albums. That has never been done for Jimi.
Will the box set be released this year?
You might not see it until the early part of 2011.
“Are You Experienced?,” “Axis: Bold As Love,” and “Electric Ladyland by the Jimi Hendrix Experience” are coming out with extra tracks, and on vinyl.
When we first started (releasing) vinyl, we got laughed at. It was like “Why do you want to vinyl? Nobody buys vinyl.” Even my dad told me, “”People are getting rid of their record players Janie, why are you putting out vinyl?” I told him, “Dad, it’s Economics 101. It’s supply and demand. People love it. Put a number on the back (of the album), and they love it ever more.” He said, “Well, that’s crazy.” But, it’s a nice way to give the fans a “blast from the past” as Jimi would say.
How about the Royal Albert Hall CD/DVD ?
Oh, gawd, you would bring up the Royal Albert Hall show. You know who our partner is on that, right? It’s Jerry Goldstein who started Avenue Records.
[Experience Hendrix has been planning a CD/DVD release of Jimi Hendrix and the Experience performing Feb. 18, and Feb. 24, 1969 at Royal Albert Hall. A camera crew followed Hendrix for a month, yielding candid footage of him at home, about town, and backstage.
Meanwhile, it was announced this week (Jan. 28, 2010) that Sly Stone, front man of the 1970s group Sly and The Family Stone, has sued Jerry Goldstein, his former manager, and several companies in Los Angeles, alleging that they set up several companies to divert royalty payments and leveraged Stone's work and rights to accumulate as much as $80 million in assets.]
How did Jerry Goldstein get these rights?
Jerry Goldstein was doing Jimi’s merchandise at the time. He and Jimi had a 50/50 split (deal) on the video.
There’s a lot of video footage from, and around that show.
Yeah. We put it together, and it’s over 106 minutes long. It’s wonderful. But, we had a little situation with the London Times in 2006. They decided to throw the Roy Albert Hall (CD) into their Sunday circular, and give away over a million copies without asking us. They got (the master tapes) from Charly Records, So we sued the London Times and we won. We go to trial next month for a settlement.
[On September 10, 2006 the London Times released a CD recording of the Jimi Hendrix Experience performing at the Albert Hall in London as a “covermount” with its Sunday edition. Despite warnings from Experience Hendrix prior to the CD’s release, the London Times proceeded, citing a purported license of the material from an affiliate of Charly Records, whose claims to this material have long been disputed by Experience Hendrix. During the proceedings, the London Times attempted to validate the Charly Records claim, but the UK court rejected it.]
Why the deal with Sony Music Entertainment when you worked with Universal Music Group for 12 years?
When we knew that our contract was getting to be up, we talked to several record companies including Universal. As wonderful as Universal was to us, in many respects, as in any marriage nothing is perfect. There were a lot of changes that had happened over those 12 years.
In the beginning, we had the perfect marketing team and we had a wonderful (distribution) team that we really enjoyed working with. Over the years, many of these people were let go. When we started talking to Sony, talking to their marketing people, and expressing to them what we would like to see, and how we felt that Jimi should be marketed, Sony got it. They really understood. They also had a plethora of ideas as how to add onto that. We spent hours and hours in meetings with them, and we went to Portugal (for meetings) and met with their overseas affiliates.
This is an ambitious year for the Hendrix catalog. Did you conclude that the Hendrix catalog had been previously under marketed?
I don’t want to say necessarily that the catalog was under marketed, but I do think that it could have been marketed differently. There are avenues where we really wanted to take it, and we realized that Universal really couldn’t get us there, and Sony could. Some of the people in Sony’s marketing (department) are younger and more excited. They are hungry. They are really inspired (about Jimi) and they have a huge amount of ideas. Not just ideas but they have the knowledge, the capabilities, and the accessibility to the technology that they actually get it.
I remember when MP3s were coming out. We told Universal, “Let’s pay attention here. Downloading is going to be huge. Where is that revenue going? How are we going to make sure that we get the revenue that we need and that we deserve from these sales?” And, maybe like some other record companies, there was a real arrogance there. Like, “Well, we’re the record company.”
Meanwhile, you have shifted administration of the Hendrix publishing catalog from Sony/ATV Music Publishing to Universal Music Publishing Group.
We did that before we signed with Sony. We knew that we were going to go that route. Although Sony/ATV Music Publishing did nothing wrong with our publishing—they did an excellent job— our thinking is that we don’t want all our eggs in one basket.
Starting with the deal with Yameta, the Bahamas-based offshore company operated by nightclub owner Michael Jeffery and Chas Chandler, and with releases by Ed Chaplin’s PPX Industries, the Jimi Hendrix estate has been involved in conflicts for decades.
Yes. It is kind of like the Kennedy family curse. This is the Hendrix curse.
[In 2009 the UK media reported claims that Michael Jeffery had murdered Jimi Hendrix. James "Tappy" Wright, who was a roadie for Hendrix and the Animals in the 1960s, claimed he met Michael Jeffery one year after Hendrix's death and that Jeffery confessed to the murder by plying Hendrix with pills and a bottle of wine. At the time of Hendrix's death, a coroner recorded an open verdict, stating that the cause was "barbiturate intoxication and inhalation of vomit."]
Was Jimi murdered?
I remember hearing about all of these conspiracy theories when I was a kid. They were really heartbreaking for my father. A lot of my understanding about things that happened about Jimi growing up has been through my father. It was very painful for him. My dad was 50 and he loses his 27 year old child. One thing my dad said to someone who asked him if he thought Jimi was murdered, “Whether he was or wasn’t, we can’t bring him back.”
Do I know if he was murdered? Do I want to point fingers today? Well, (most) every person that was involved with Jimi is dead now. There’s no way of us proving if it is true or not. I do know that he didn’t commit suicide. While it was asphyxiation, if something happened before, I honestly don’t know.
Overseeing the Jimi’s legacy is a massive task. You hear people saying, “What would Jimi Hendrix do” You are often painted as another Yoko Ono.
The evil one, right? Without me, my dad would have signed away everything.
Well, Jimi wasn’t a business person.
Jimi made music. I talked with Bootsy Collins not too long ago because I’m working on a project that he’s helping us out on. He said, “You know. I’m a musician. The moment I have to start handling the business part is the moment I lose focus on the music part.”
You have to have someone that takes care of business.
Well, that you trust. His wife Patti handles everything (as a business manager), and she does a good job.
Did the 1995 court case against your former attorney Leo Branton Jr. and others clear the air about the catalog?
Yes it did. It showed clear title and ownership. And, it unearthed a lot of information about these offshore companies--more than we had understood. There was Bella Godiva Music, for example. One of the reasons my dad ended up suing was that our attorney (Leo Branton) had told us Bella Godiva Music didn’t exist anymore. My dad had realized that our attorney had lied to him. Bella Godiva was Jimi’s publishing company. He created that name. He owned that publishing company.
Who owned the master rights of his recordings?
Jimi had control of his masters. So all of the masters ended up being signed over as a sale to these off shore companies. However, my dad was told it was a licensing agreement. We didn’t get the rights back until 1995. In 1993, we discovered that these offshore companies had ownership.
My dad and I were buying our own (Jimi Hendrix) CDs because the old administration wouldn’t give us any CDs. Clerks were like, “You are charging this and your last name is Hendrix? Are you any relation? Why aren’t you getting this stuff for free.” Well, because we had to buy it.
The estate didn’t have signed copies of the original agreements that Jimi had signed.
No. In fact, that’s how the Ed Chalpin’s PPX Industries (dispute) happened. Jimi didn’t have a copy of that contract, and that ended up biting everybody in the butt later. It is still biting us.
[After Jimi Hendrix had signed a management and production deal with Yameta in 1966, Mike Jeffery spent a year clearing up Hendrix's outstanding contract obligations in the U.S.
However, Hendrix had signed a three-year contract in 1965 with Ed Chalpin, who ran Studio 76 in New York, and his PPX Industries while working with Kansas-born singer/guitarist Curtis Knight. With Hendrix’s breakout from the UK, Chalpin filed lawsuits claiming exclusive rights to all Hendrix's music. For some reason, Hendrix also participated in two recorded jam sessions in New York in 1967 with Chalpin.
The battle between PPX and Yameta came to court in 1968. Lawyers hammered out a settlement that gave PPX a percentage of all Hendrix's revenues until 1972, and gave Yameta control of any Hendrix material released by PPX. However, the legal dispute with Chalpin has continued to the present day.]
With all your court appearances, you should be accepted at the bar.
I think I am an honorary attorney.
You have a B.A. in education.
I did take a year of law classes, and I contemplated being a lawyer. But treating people in a mean way or twisting around things that they say to make them look bad just isn’t for me. Or having to memorize all of these laws.
You are up on copyright law, however, now?
Absolutely. The last deposition I did for another frivolous (case), my attorney asked, “Do you know how many depositions you’ve taken?” I said, “Maybe 20.” He said, “Over 100.” We have all of the documents in our legal library. I remember seeing the judges and barristers in London in their wigs. We were suing Chalpin there because he was putting out (releases) through (reissue label) Charly Records. Nobody had warned me (about what they wore). I had my head down, and when (the judges and barristers) came out, I almost burst out laughing, but I didn’t.
At one point did your dad realize the estate had troubles?
I will paint the picture for you. Jimi dies in 1970. He’s 27. At that time, my dad is 50, still pretty young. I’ll be 50 in two years. My dad was an eighth grade graduate. He had his own gardening business -- he had a great clientele and he was a great gardener. His son dies with this massive estate. But, the music business, my dad didn’t know anything about. A friend of ours knew Sterling Branton, and said that his brother Leo was an entertainment lawyer and practiced civil rights and all that. So on a hand shake, my dad had a deal. If Leo could get anything for my dad—because it seemed like it was a huge mess—than he would be his lawyer for life. It was “You don’t have to pay me anything if I can’t get you anything.” It seemed like a great deal for my dad. So he shook his hand.
[Branton was well known both as a litigator and as an entertainment attorney. Among his first clients in the entertainment industry were Nat King Cole and Dorothy Dandridge. He represented Cole from 1958 until his death in 1965.
A celebrated American civil rights activist, Branton also defended 13 members of the Los Angeles chapter of the Black Panther Party against an unlawful attack by the Los Angeles Police Department during the ‘60s. His most celebrated case was the successful defense and acquittal of civil rights activist Angela Davis in 1972.]
Let me paint the rest of this picture.
My parents lived very simply. My mother was a tailor; my dad was a gardener. We didn’t have a lot of money. Our house cost $36,000, and the bank really owned it. My parents were making payments. So we had to ship Jimi’s body back (from London). Jimi had a studio in New York (Electric Ladyland) but it still owed (overhead payments). Jimi wrecked two cars, and they were in the auto shop. Now dad has got to fly back from London to New York to gather his things up. He’s distraught. His son died. It was just a very hard time.
It took four years for Leo to entangle everything (with the Yameta contracts) because Michael Jeffrey was doing whatever he was doing. Then he dies (in 1973). The “mysterious” plane crash.
Finally, everything seems to be sorted out. Now my parents are going to receive $50,000 a year from the licensing deal. So $50,000 to a gardener that is charging $6 to $10 to do a yard, that’s big money in 1974. We were able to move into a bigger place. By the time this is happening, I am 13 years old.
Was the conflict with the family over the estate two years ago painful for you?
Absolutely. When you divide a family, and people are pointing fingers and, of course, there is money involved and all of that, I’m not one to retaliate on someone else. When my sister was saying whatever she was saying, I didn’t turn around and say, “But you….” They had so many witnesses who were just lying. There were several people who got up and said, “I was at Al’s house and Janie came over, and had Al sign all these documents."
Any truth to that at all?
First, I’d never seen some of these people in my life. Secondly, I didn’t just go to my dad’s house and say, “Here, sign these documents.” I was very diligent about reading everything to my father, helping him to understand whatever it was that needed to be signed. In times when things needed to be signed, it was always just me and him. There wasn’t a roomful of people or anybody else.
Who was left in the house after Jimi left?
It was just me and Leon. A lot of times Leon was in jail. My dad just kind of threw his hands up with Leon. He couldn’t do much with him. So I think I got the brunt of everybody. My siblings on my mom side, they continued to be raised by their father so they didn’t move in.
Are things better with the family now?
I think they are better in some ways but, sadly with some relatives, we still don’t speak.
Obviously, Leon is angry that his father decided to not give him an inheritance.
Yes. I learned this later. I really did not know that my dad did not include Leon in the will. I did realize, of course, that he wasn’t a beneficiary, but that didn’t mean that he wasn’t going to get money awarded or something. I was shocked that my dad didn’t give him anything.
You went to inner city schools in Seattle. Was it tough being Jimi’s sister?
In elementary school, when Jimi was still alive, I used to get, “Oh wow did you see Jimi Hendrix on TV? He was on Dick Cavett.” My friends would say, “Yeah, that’s Janie, Jimi’s sister.” The older kids would think that was cool but I got teased a lot by kids my age.. Kids would be tough, and I had to stand up for myself.
It is a blessing and a curse having such a famous relationship?
It’s not a curse, but it definitely has its challenges at times. There are jealousies, and misunderstandings. There are always questions of,” What was it like to grow up that way?” Truthfully, and I try to do it with my kids, my dad kept us very grounded.
Was your dad strict?
Strict isn’t even the word. He would look at you, and he wouldn’t say a word. He would just look at you. You knew what that look meant. You’d better knock off what you were doing or you were going to get it. Then he would say something, usually your name. That was usually enough, but if you still continued, you’d get slapped or hit. If mom said, “Wait until your dad gets home” then it was a beat-down with a belt like you were a runaway slave.
Jimi was quite shy and quiet. Was Al like that?
My dad was pretty quiet. He did a lot of deep thinking. He had a lot of wisdom. I could see the same in Jimi. Dad was a person of very few words but when he did say something it was very profound. And Jimi was the same way. He didn’t really talk a lot
I remember when I was a kid and Jimi came back home. He told me that he was sorry (about my father’s strict discipline) because he got whuppings too, when he was young. Later, I found out after my dad wrote his book (“My Son Jimi”), that Jimi never got any whuppings. I never understood why we got so many whuppings if he didn’t.
While Jimi didn’t seem to have a driver's license, he could never resist taking the wheel of a Corvette, of which he bought several. In one incident, he was almost killed.
I don’t remember seeing a driver license. He was a horrible driver. Do you know why? He needed glasses. When I was a kid I had to wear glasses and I used to tell him that I hated wearing glasses. He tried them on, and he said, “Actually, I need to be wearing your glasses so I can see.”
Unlike Elvis and other late icons, Jimi wrote almost all of his songs including classics like "Foxy Lady," "Purple Haze" and "Voodoo Child.” How many songs are in the catalog?
There are over 110 songs.
Have there been many covers? It’s hard to beat a Jimi Hendrix performance.
Yeah, but John Mayer does Jimi. Sheryl Crow has recorded Jimi. Paul McCartney and, obviously Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton have recorded his songs. There’s been Robert Randolph (and the Family Band). There was a tribute album (“Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix” in 1993). Prince wanted to do a full album on Jimi.
You don’t allow sampling of his music.
We think it dilutes the catalog. We think it dilutes the ownership of the song. If an artist samples your song, now the ownership is split. Chuck D did a sample of our song, and now we own it (the overall song).
[Rapper Chuck D sampled Jimi Hendrix’s 1971 song “Freedom” as a backdrop for “Free at the Edge of an Answer”, an angry meditation, ironically, on free speech. Last year, the song, as well as "Angel" and a live version of "Foxy Lady” was released as downloadable content for “Guitar Hero: World Tour.”]
Will the Experience Hendrix Tour 2010 help market Jimi’s legacy and his catalog?
It is definitely a marketing tool. It also brings Jimi’s music to younger people who never experienced Jimi onstage. To actually be experienced. That’s what Jimi was talking about. Feeling his music in your bones and experiencing in your body and out of body through your mind. That is how we are trying to bring the music to people.
By launching Dagger Records in the ‘90s, you shut down many of the bootleggers.
I think that it did. It didn’t completely shut (bootlegging down) but it is, at least, giving fans what they were looking for, and lets them see that if something doesn’t have our logo on it than it’s not ours.
Meanwhile, the Experience Hendrix label has also put out Jimi releases over the years. What’s the difference between the two labels?
We have a virtual store where, a lot of the time, its family members who are answering the calls. We try to discourage buyers, if they have never bought any of Jimi’s music, to buy Dagger. If they are a 17-year-old kid, and they have heard about him but have never heard his music, and they pick up a Dagger release they may be disappointed. That’s its not front line. That it’s not stereo. We ask if they have ordered or bought anything else before. If not, then we would encourage them to buy something from the core catalog first. And, once they begin to whet their palette with his music, then they might order a Dagger release. They are really for the hard core fans. They may be mono. They may have been recorded with a (cheap) microphone. Jimi used to carry around a little cassette recorder; and a 4-track recorder.
It has been a few years since you operated the Red House Tour museum on wheels. It was interactive with duplicates of the outfits that Jimi wore onstage.
Sony is very interested in continuing the Red House Tour. We are looking at transforming one of their Sony Playstation buses into our Red House Tour (vehicle) and taking it back on the tour. It has been about 6 or 7 years since we last did that.
In Seattle, there’s the Experience Music Project inspired by Jimi.
We have EMP, and there’s the North West African American Museum that displays his hat. It’s a very small museum. Next to it is the Jimi Hendrix Park. We will have a grand opening for it in 2012.
Will there be another fashion line like the Jimi Hendrix Collection—a collaboration between designer Gina Alexander, and photographer Robert M. Knight which premiered in 2006?
We are still working with Gina. She did another launch of different purses that are inspired by Jimi which are cool. We have a deal with Converse for some really cool tennis shoes inspired by Jimi. They are not out yet. They are coming. I am working with Brand Sense (a Los Angeles firm that specializes in building brands around celebrities) and they will be launching a branding opportunity with Jimi. They work with Sheryl Crow. We hope to do some really cool things that that won’t necessarily have Jimi’s image but will definitely be inspired by Jimi.
All things Jimi?
All things Jimi.
Larry LeBlanc was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-89. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, the London Times and the New York Times.
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Randy Alexander, Randex Communications 10/12/07
David Alexander, Sheer Publishing 07/21/16
Eva Alexiou-Reo, FATA Booking Agency 05/14/15
Marcie Allen, Mad Booking 12/14/00
Jeff Allen, Universal Attractions 08/16/02
Marcie Allen, MAC Presents 06/05/09
Marcie Allen Cardwell, MAC Presents 12/21/07
David Allgood, Bama Theatre 01/03/11
Patrick Allocco, AllGood Concerts 10/05/07
Michele Amar, French Embassy 05/26/16
Mike Amato, Rok Tours International 02/02/07
Jeff Apregan, Apregan Entertainment Group/Venue Coalition 09/30/15
Billy Atwell, AMP Studios 12/13/07
Bob Babisch, Milwaukee World Festivals Inc. 04/02/15
Tom Baggot, thebookingagency.com 05/02/03
Stephen Bailey, EPACC & Deleware Center For The Arts 02/06/04
Cary Baker, Conqueroo 05/11/11
Vince Bannon, Getty Images 07/05/11
Phil Barber, Barber & Associates 02/04/01
Camille Barbone, WineDark Records 12/09/05
Erin Barra, Musician/Producer/Educator 07/10/14
Ben Baruch, The Fox Theatre 09/27/08
Ben Baruch, By Larry LeBlanc (CelebrityAccess) 04/05/17
Paul Bassman, Ascend Insurance Brokerage 08/03/16
Adam Bauer, Fleming, Tamulevich & Associates 02/15/02
Ed Bazel, That's Entertainment International 10/05/01
Joachim Becker, ZOHO Music L.L.C. 01/12/07
Howard Becker, Comet Technologies 05/02/11
Mark Bego, Author 06/15/07
Jim Beloff, Flea Market Music 09/20/10
Richard Bengloff, The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) 09/12/13
Seth Berg, South Bay Music 01/30/09
Aimee Berger, 2 Generations SPA Music Management 09/24/04
David Berger, Future Beat 10/29/14
Barry Bergman, Music Managers Forum 03/14/03
Steve Bernstein, Relix LLC 09/30/05
Mark Berry, Attack Media Group 04/07/07
Scott Billington, Rounder Records 01/17/12
Jeffrey Bischoff, Cinder Block 03/24/06
Sat Bisla, A&R Worldwide/ Musexpo 03/29/10
Nina Blackwood, Sirius Satellite Radio 07/14/06
Adam Block, Legacy Recordings 11/07/13
P.J. Bloom, Neophonic, Inc. 01/24/11
Rishon Blumberg, Brick Wall Management 06/27/03
Justin Bolognino, Learned Evolution, and The Meta Agency 04/25/13
Steve "Chopper" Borges, Total Pro and Borse Techos 03/03/06
Les Borsai, Mediocre Management 01/30/04
Shane Bourbonnais, Live Nation Canada 03/21/08
Jeff Bowen, Sears Centre Arena 03/13/08
Rick Bowen, Mystic Music Experience 07/11/08
John Boyle, Sanctuary Music Group 03/19/04
Jeff & Todd Brabec, Writers/Attorneys 01/03/12
Bill Bragin, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 08/08/03
Joel Brandes, Avenue Management Group 11/02/08
Joe Brandmeier, Moving Pictures 03/15/02
Scooter Braun, SB Projects 12/13/10
Ron Brice, 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill 06/08/16
Billy Brill, Billy Alan Productions 11/11/05
Doug Brown, Talent Buyers Network 09/21/01
James Browne, Sweet Rhythm 11/01/02
Bob Brumley, Brumley Music Company 02/17/16
Tony Brummel, Victory Records 05/17/09
Charlie Brusco, TBA Entertainment Corporation 10/13/01
Del Bryant, BMI 05/18/07
Cortez Bryant, Bryant Management 12/06/10
Bruce Burch, University of Georgia Music Business Program 10/09/09
Deborah Burda, Kentucky Exposition Center 08/03/07
Patti Burgart, IEBA 06/07/02
Jordan Burger, The New Musiquarium 01/22/01
Ron Burman, Roadrunner Records 08/25/06
Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore 05/19/06
Karen Cadle, KGC Productions 03/12/04
Gary Calamar, KCRW 07/10/09
Charles Caldas, Merlin 07/05/10
Brian Camelio, ArtistShare 02/29/08
David Campbell, AEG Europe 08/02/10
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Entertainment Group 10/20/00
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Resort Casino 07/03/03
Tom Cantone, Mohegan Sun 08/30/09
Ashley Capps, A. C. Entertainment 05/21/04
Rio Caraeff, Vevo 07/12/11
Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment 08/16/11
Charles Carlini, Carlini Group 05/16/08
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 05/27/05
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 01/10/11
Troy Carter, Coalition Media Group 06/07/10
Daniel Catullo, Coming Home Studios 06/22/08
Raffi Cavoukian, Folk Singer/Children's Entertainer 05/11/16
Jeffrey Chabon, Chabon Entertainment Group 08/22/02
Mike Chadwick, Essential Music & Marketing 08/01/12
Rob Challice, Coda Music Agency 03/27/13
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 01/11/02
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 10/04/11
Lisa Cherniak, Artists Against Racism (AAR) 07/20/01
Bob Chiappardi, Concrete Marketing 06/13/03
Joel Chriss, Chriss & Co. 10/04/02
Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment 09/14/01
Michael Chugg, Chugg Enterprises 10/02/09
Gary Churgin, Harry Fox Agency 09/13/10
Vinny Cinquemani, S.L. Feldman & Associates 12/13/12
Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group 03/28/11
Matthew Cohen, Green Room Productions 10/19/01
Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic 01/10/13
Lisa Cohen, Associated Booking Corporation 02/10/06
Steve Cohen, Music + Art Management, Inc. 03/09/07
Dan Cohen, Music & Memory 01/12/17
Michael Cohl - Part 1, S2BN Entertainment 03/06/13
Michael Cohl - Part 2, S2BN Entertainment 03/13/13
Bryan Coleman, Union Entertainment Group 02/14/12
Mamie Coleman, Fox Broadcasting 07/05/12
Dennis Condon, Disneyland Resorts 07/13/01
Peter Conlon, Peter Conlon Presents 05/20/05
Tony Conway, Buddy Lee Attractions 10/06/00
Allen Cook, TOURtech 04/16/15
Tomas Cookman, Cookman International 09/05/03
Alex Cooley, Alex Cooley Presents 07/12/10
David Cooper, Foxman.com 10/31/03
Jay Cooper, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 05/23/11
Julie Coulter, Near North Insurance Groups 06/07/01
Amy Cox, Deep South Entertainment 02/09/07
Michael O. Crain, Crain Law Group, LLC 10/09/13
Charlie Cran, The Strawberry Music Festival 04/05/10
Jim Cressman, Invictus Entertainment Group 06/06/12
Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch, Inc. 07/23/15
Todd Culberhouse, Vision Management /Vision Records and Entertainment 09/05/08
Tony D'Amelio, Washington Speakers Bureau 04/21/06
Ray Danniels, Standing Room Only Management, and the Anthem Entertainment Group 03/05/15
Ken Dashow, WAXQ-FM (l04.3 FM) - New York 09/08/06
Hal David, Lyricist 07/26/11
David Davidian, Independant Lighting Designer/Director 06/18/04
Anthony Davis, D&L Entertainment Services, Inc. 03/02/01
Chip Davis, American Gramaphone/Mannheim Steamroller 05/31/02
Mitch Davis, Tempest Entertainment 07/16/04
Jeff Dawson, Canadian Recording Services 06/08/08
Desiree Day, USO Celebrity Entertainment 08/10/01
Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter Records/Six Shooter Management 10/23/13
Gene DeAnna, The Library of Congress 02/21/12
Vincent Degiorgio, Chapter 2 Productions 08/01/13
Tony DeLauro, DeLauro Management 12/23/04
Valerie Denn, Val Denn Agency 04/30/01
Val Denn, Val Denn Agency 03/06/14
Robert DePugh, Alligator Records 07/29/05
Tom Derr, Rock Ridge Music 10/29/04
Paul Dexter, Masterworks Lighting Design and Road Cases 12/10/04
Marty Diamond, Paradigm 01/22/10
Glenn Dicker, Redeye Distribution/Yep Roc Records 07/07/06
Barry Dickins, International Talent Booking Agency 06/06/13
Jim Digby, Event Safety Alliance 09/01/16
Mark Dinerstein, The Knitting Factory 11/17/06
Neill Dixon, Canadian Music Week 03/03/16
Thomas Dolby, Musician, academic, technologist, and author 11/09/16
Jasper Donat, Music Matters 2009/Branded 04/24/09
Jim Donio, National Association of Recording Merchandisers 04/22/11
Marc Dottore, M. Dottore Management 04/11/03
Tim Drake, The Roots Agency 12/12/08
Mike Dreese, Newbury Comics 11/23/11
Charles Driebe, Blind Ambition Management Ltd. 09/22/06
Jeremy Driesen, Ray Bloch Productions 09/07/01
Michael Drumm, Music Link Productions 07/18/08
Angie Dunn, Lucky Artist Booking 10/13/06
Jay Durgan, MEDIAmobz 11/09/11
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver's Division of Theatres & Arenas 08/02/02
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver’s Division of Theatres and Arenas 08/23/10
Paolo d’Alessandro, International Solutions 06/25/14
Ros Earls, 140dB Management 02/19/14
Art Edelstein, Festival Productions 12/01/02
Bruce Eisenberg, Audio Analysts 08/31/01
Martin Elbourne, The Glastonbury Festival 12/18/09
Michael Elder, Red Entertainment 03/17/06
Tod Elmore, Sixthman 11/24/06
Paul Emery, Clear Channel Entertainment 11/19/04
Arty Erk, Citrin Cooperman 04/27/16
Joe Escalante, Kung Fu Records 07/08/05
Colin Escott, Music Historian/Journalist 07/18/11
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 09/27/02
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 04/24/12
Mike Esterman, Esterman Entertainment 09/01/06
Jeff Eyrich, BePop Records 11/25/05
Bob Ezrin, Bigger Picture Group 05/24/09
Lisa Fancher, Frontier Records 08/09/10
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions 10/15/04
Ray Farrell, eMusic 06/09/06
Sam Feldman, S.L. Feldman & Associates 10/25/02
Bob Feldman, Red House Records 11/24/02
Charlie Feldman, BMI 08/26/05
Paul Fenn, Asgard Promotions 11/22/09
Debra "Fergy" Ferguson, TourDesign 08/01/03
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry 09/11/09
David Fishof, David Fishof Presents 01/08/01
David Fishof, Rock 'N Roll Fantasy 10/05/08
David Fishof, Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp 02/28/12
Mike Flanagin, New England Country Music Festival 09/12/08
Joel Flatow, RIAA 12/13/11
Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists 03/20/10
Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
Jeff Fluhr, StubHub 10/06/06
Nancy Fly, The Nancy Fly Agency 04/02/04
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation 08/09/09
Martin Folkman, Independent Music Awards & Music Resource Group 08/11/06
Belle Forino, Fantasma Tours 03/18/05
Fletcher Foster, Universal Records South 07/31/09
Sam Foxman, Contemporary Productions 01/06/06
Todd Frank, 4Star Entertainment, LLC 01/24/03
Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
Larry Frank, Frank Productions 01/17/11
Mike Fraser, Record Producer/Engineer 10/11/08
Carl Freed, Metropolitan Entertainment 06/22/01
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management 01/26/07
Harlan Frey, Roadrunner Records 07/11/03
Adam Friedman, Nederlander Concerts 06/22/07
Ted Gardner, Larrikin Management 04/25/03
Daniel Gélinas, Festival d’été de Québec 05/23/13
Marci Geller, Sonic Underground 08/15/08
Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group 10/26/16
Steve Gerstman, SGS 07/19/02
Sandra Gibson, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/09/04
Sandra L. Gibson, Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/16/09
Steve Gietka, Trump Properties 07/30/01
Steve Gietka, SMG Entertainment 03/19/14
Darren Gilmore, Watchdog Management 03/17/16
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group 10/16/14
Jake Gold, The Management Trust 04/13/01
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 09/07/07
Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, Turntable.fm 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
André Ménard, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Música e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley O’Connor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
Jacqueline Saturn, Harvest Records 01/21/15
Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
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Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, ItsAboutMusic.com 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Peter Shapiro, Ideal Entertainment 04/16/04
Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
Larry Weintraub, Fanscape 05/18/01
Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, Twincloud.com 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, CultureCatch.com 07/27/07
Jeremiah “Ice” Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
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Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
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