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King Crimson – Live in Toronto – November 20, 2015

March 1st, 2016 · No Comments

This is an excellent recording and if you are a fan of the group you definitely should download it immediately. As advertised, this is a novel formation of the band with three drummers – the effect of which is somewhat reminiscent of Clear Light (not the Clearlight of “Forever Blowing Bubbles” but the late 1960s […]

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Exiles and Starless by King Crimson

December 17th, 2015 · 1 Comment

This is a meditation on two songs by the band King Crimson – Exiles and Starless, both dating from circa 1973-4. As a performing unit, KC has migrated through a dozen or so iterations, each with different personnel and musical style. While opinions differ as to their respective merits, from my perspective, each is wonderful, […]

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Kraftwerk at Disney Hall, Los Angeles, March 18, 2014

March 19th, 2014 · No Comments

I saw the Kraftwerk concert at Disney Hall on Tuesday March 18th with my nephew Alexey. It was amazing! The sonics inside of the venue were possibly the best I’ve ever heard for loud, amplified music. Back in the old days there were stacks of speakers on the side of the stage, racks of amplifiers, […]

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Alvin Lee RIP

March 6th, 2013 · No Comments

I noted with regret the passing of Alvin Lee, guitarist/vocalist for Ten Years After.  I was a huge fan of the band when I was attending Point Loma High School in San Diego.  I saw them several times, I specifically recall two performances, one at Balboa Stadium at San Diego City College and another at […]

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Weird Scenes Inside the Warner Music Group

August 7th, 2012 · 2 Comments

After I was unceremoniously fired from Capitol I spent Spring of 1993 writing and producing independent records for a couple of artists I was friends with. In July I got a call from Danny Goldberg to meet him at Maple Drive, an industry restaurant in Beverly Hills. I had known of him for years as […]

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Special Markets

August 4th, 2012 · 2 Comments

If you’re a recording artist and your record company starts talking about “Special Markets,” run as fast as you can in the other direction. When I was Vice President of Capitol Records, this was one of the divisions reporting through its distribution company. Though used by all record companies as a descriptor for a certain […]

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Eight Miles High and When You Touch Down – Hopefully, Never!

May 28th, 2012 · 5 Comments

DAVID KRONEMYER: “Eight Miles High” is one of the greatest songs of all time.  It influenced me significantly and from what I can discern from multiple sources had major social-cultural impact also.  It doesn’t help that I idolize the Byrds and McGuinn is one of my musical heroes ever since I can remember walking around […]

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On Attending the NARM Convention

May 12th, 2011 · 2 Comments

The National Association of Recording Merchandisers (“NARM”) is holding its annual convention this week in Los Angeles. Members of NARM are music wholesalers (distributors that sell records to stores) and retailers (stores that sell records to consumers). The basic idea is that record companies (the companies originating, marketing and promoting the artists, then selling their […]

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Beatles Contracts – Capitol Records – Interpretation

April 6th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Here are some memoranda re: interpretation of various issues arising under Capitol Records’ contracts with the Beatles. The relationships between the parties were unnecessarily complex and many of their disagreements arose primarily as a result of the loose contract standards and practices prevailing in the 1960s – early 1970s. The agreements did not envision, or […]

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Distributed Labels

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Here is a collection of agreements and documents relating to this article on Music Industry Newswire.  From time to time I will post additional materials to this site. CEMA P&D deal format late 1980s Bust It Records – Joint Venture Agreement with Capitol Capitol Artist Agreement – basic contract Capitol Production Agreement – basic contract […]

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