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Bob Lefsetz is the author of “The Lefsetz Letter.” Listen to his new podcast where he'll address the issues at the core of the music business, internet, and the world at large.

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Merck Mercuriadis

Merck Mercuriadis

2021-06-1001:58:53

Merck Mercuriadis runs the most talked about company in music today, Hipgnosis Songs Fund, which has raised money to purchase the publishing catalogs of such luminaries as Jack Antonoff, Shakira, Steve Winwood, Nikki Sixx, Neil Schon, Mark Ronson, LA Reid, Dave Stewart, Chris Cornell, Chrissie Hynde, Carole Bayer Sager...and even half of Neil Young's! We cover Merck's history, his theory in starting Hipgnosis, his relationship with artists and much more. Originally recorded for Canadian Music Week. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Brad Stone

Brad Stone

2021-06-0301:28:13

Bloomberg's Brad Stone is the expert on Amazon, he's written today's best selling book "Amazon Unbound" and 2013's "The Everything Store." Tune in to hear discussion of Jeff Bezos, the management processes of Amazon, the warehouses, third party sellers, AWS, Prime Video, hardware and more. This is the definitive statement! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jonathan Taplin

Jonathan Taplin

2021-05-2701:23:28

Jonathan Taplin started out as the road manager for the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Judy Collins and then he became the tour manager for the Band. Along the way he worked with Bob Dylan and the Band at the Isle of Wight and helped produce the Concert for Bangladesh. Subsequently, Taplin produced Martin Scorsese's "Mean Streets" and brokered the sale of Disney and... Tune in to hear what was really happening in Woodstock with Bob Dylan and the Band and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Shelly Banjo

Shelly Banjo

2021-05-2001:46:53

Shelly Banjo, Bloomberg's New York Bureau Chief, is the #1 expert on TikTok. Here we cover the company's birth, its algorithm, how music is picked and used, record companies' involvement, how much money creators make...TikTok is where hits start today, you need to listen to this! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dexter Holland

Dexter Holland

2021-05-1301:34:191

Dexter Holland is the lead singer and songwriter for the Offspring. We discuss his upbringing in Orange County, the formation of the band, his education, his Ph.D., his reaction to the band's "overnight" success with "Come Out and Play," label deals, his plane and... Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Tom Freston

Tom Freston

2021-05-0602:13:23

Tom Freston was CEO of MTV Networks and then Viacom and is presently Chairman of the One Campaign, as well as an advisor to Vice and other companies. Tom is a fount of knowledge and insight, and he's down to earth and friendly. It's one thing to be a manager of people, quite another to be able to deliver live. We cover Africa, Afghanistan, Tom's upbringing, his clothing company in Asia and, of course, we go in-depth into MTV. He was was so good, I tingled. You absolutely do not want to miss this! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel

2021-04-2902:02:08

Jimmy Kimmel is just funny. Add his superior intellect and you know why he's successful. Furthermore, he makes you feel included, like his best friend. We cover Jimmy's roots in Brooklyn as well as Las Vegas, his radio career, his discovery as a TV personality by Fred Silverman to "Win Ben Stein's Money," "The Man Show," Crank Yankers" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Jimmy pulls no punches, either on his TV show or in this podcast. Even if you don't watch, you should listen, to get a feel for the playing field, to hear how someone makes it! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Steve Cropper

Steve Cropper

2021-04-2201:52:02

Steve Cropper is literally a living legend. Guitar player, producer, writer...Cropper has had a hand in some of the most iconic tracks of all time, from "Green Onions" to "In the Midnight Hour" to "Knock on Wood" to "Dock of the Bay" to... We chart Steve's history from Missouri to Memphis, from the Mar-Keys to Booker T and the MGs, from Jim Stewart to Tom Dowd to John Lennon and the Blues Brothers and so much more. We discuss the creative process, the equipment, the characters...we go deep, and you don't want to miss this! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Slava Rubin

Slava Rubin

2021-04-1501:48:03

Slava Rubin was a cofounder and CEO of crowdfunding platform Indiegogo and in addition to being a founder and managing partner of investment firm humbition, he is now executive chairman of Vincent Alternative Investments, check it out: www.withvincent.com We discuss Slava's history, but we also go deep into alternative investments, i.e. NFTs and other assets you can purchase all or just a slice of. If you want to know all about cutting edge investments, this is the place! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Dan Penn

Dan Penn

2021-04-0801:24:35

Dan Penn is a living legend who co-wrote "I'm Your Puppet," "Dark End of the Street," "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man," "Cry Like a Baby" and he produced the Box Tops' legendary hit THE LETTER! Dan recently released his first solo album in years, "Living on Mercy," and it's amazingly satisfying, check it out. And listen to this podcast to hear Dan's story, from Muscle Shoals to Memphis, he was there, the history comes alive. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Tom Rush

Tom Rush

2021-04-0101:32:17

Tom Rush is the original singer/songwriter. Honing his chops in Cambridge while attending Harvard, Tom ultimately got record deals at Elektra and Columbia and is famous for not only his own songs, but for introducing those of James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and Jackson Browne to the masses. Listen as we hear not only about the history, but Tom's battle with Covid-19 and the aftermath, as well as what he's up to today. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Michael Fremer

Michael Fremer

2021-03-2501:44:581

Michael Fremer is the king of vinyl, he believed in its comeback when everybody else was selling their LPs. We discuss the availability of presses, demand, sound... Also, Michael is Senior Contributing Editor of "Stereophile" and thus we discuss audio equipment, what you should buy, how much you have to spend for good sound, turntable set-up... Fremer is a giant in his field, you want to listen to what he has to say. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Warren Haynes

Warren Haynes

2021-03-1801:40:36

Warren Haynes is the number one utility player in rock music today. Whether with the Allman Brothers, Gov't Mule, the Dead or other acts, for decades Warren has been playing guitar, without airs, depending only on chops, on stages and in studios throughout the nation. Furthermore, his vocals are as sweet as his guitar licks. Here we cover Warren's start in North Carolina as well as the breakup of the Allman Brothers and more. Unassuming, yet articulate, Warren has miles of experience and is as vital as ever. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Ed Bicknell

Ed Bicknell

2021-03-1102:23:12

Most famously the manager of Dire Straits, Ed Bicknell started out as a drummer before becoming an agent and a manager and a drummer once again (you can hear him with the Notting Hillbillies!) Ed takes us all the way from the fifties in the U.K. to the agency world of today, with stops at the Shadows, the Beatles, Gerry Rafferty and so much more. Ed tells a good tale, you'll love hearing the history from him. (Recorded live at the International Live Music Conference.) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Harvey Goldsmith

Harvey Goldsmith

2021-03-0402:06:46

Led Zeppelin, U2, Queen, Pink Floyd, the Who, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli... What do they all have in common? They've had shows promoted by Harvey Goldsmith. A Commander of the Order of the British Empire, even though he has no airs, Harvey Goldsmith has not only been a promoter, he's been the manager of Billy Connolly, Jeff Beck, the aforementioned Pavarotti... We start with the return of live shows and then move on to explorations of Brexit, Harvey's trials and tribulations in the concert business and even his bus trip across America in the sixties where he met the Grateful Dead. Harvey has been there and done that and is still doing it. Listen to one of the masters. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
David Fishof

David Fishof

2021-02-2501:51:30

David Fishof started out booking bands in the Catskills, then he dropped out of college to become a sports agent, representing household names like Lou Piniella and Phil Simms, and then he switched to music, putting the Monkees back together, signing Ringo Starr to do his All Starr Band shows, creating the Happy Together tour, promoting "Dirty Dancing" on stage and more! Now Fishof has segued into producing the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp and during Covid he's been promoting master classes with rock stars. Yes, David Fishof is an energetic entrepreneur who makes things happen. This is his story. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Steven Wilson

Steven Wilson

2021-02-1801:46:081

Steven Wilson has a new solo album, "The Future Bites." We discuss this as well as his work with Porcupine Tree but even if you're not a fan of his music, even if you've never heard of him, you need to listen to hear Wilson's stories of remixing King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Chicago and more. I was positively stunned how erudite and articulate Wilson was. If you're a music fan, I positively guarantee you you will lick up this podcast, Wilson is open, honest and RIVETING! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Bode Miller

Bode Miller

2021-02-1101:53:19

Bode Miller is America's most decorated male alpine skier, winner of two World Cups and six Olympic medals. Bode is a self-taught wunderkind. We dive into his philosophy on education and go deep into his roots and his career, stopping along the way to investigate his innovations and his choices. Bode may have retired from competitive skiing, but he's involved in more than a dozen ventures, which keep him quite busy. I guarantee you if you're a ski fan you will have questions answered that have never been asked anywhere else. You'll learn about equipment, coaching, doping...all the aspects of ski racing at the elite level. Bode is intelligent and articulate, I was high for a day after talking to him! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Steve Lillywhite

Steve Lillywhite

2021-02-0401:51:12

Steve Lillywhite checks in all the way from Jakarta, where he runs the largest music label for KFC, I kid you not! We delve into Steve's production of U2, Peter Gabriel, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Thompson Twins and more. But in addition to the stories you'll be captivated by the insight! Steve is quite the raconteur and if you want to know how a famous music producer makes records, this is the place! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Brian Wheat

Brian Wheat

2021-01-2801:30:20

Brian Wheat is the bassist for Tesla and he has a new autobiography, "Son of a Milkman." We chart the arc of Tesla's career, from fame to breakup to today, when they're making more money than ever, but we also delve into Brian's anxiety and depression, which he hopes will aid others to recognize their issues and get help, knowing they are not alone. In addition, we cover Brian's friendship with Jimmy Page, his passion for Victorian houses, his love of Italy... As my engineer remarked, talking to Brian was like hanging out in the recording studio, you'll feel like an insider! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
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PanamaJoe

What a woman! So talented and insightful. This was great.

Jun 2nd
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