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Guy Marriott – Personality Sketch

January 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

When I was on Capitol-EMI’s corporate staff in the early 1980s, I had a number of unvaryingly peculiar interactions with Guy Marriott, then head of EMI Music Business Affairs worldwide. I don’t attribute their oddity to Marriott, personally; for several different reasons, which I will endeavor to set forth; they just partook of an aura […]

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Mike Delich – Personality Sketch

January 14th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Mike Delich was one of those sad-sack kind of guys with a perpetual chip on his shoulder.  He had the unfortunate personal characteristic of exactly resembling Heinrich Himmler, chief of the German police and Minister of the Interior during the 1930s-1940s, right down to the moustache.  Evidently at one time Delich had some kind of […]

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Russ Bach – Personality Sketch

January 13th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Here are some personal reflections about working with Russ Bach, President of CEMA Distribution (the distribution arm of Capitol-EMI Music in the U.S.) from around August 1987 to around March 1999. As set forth in various books and articles about their history, the activities and operations of publicly-traded record companies, such as EMI Music, are […]

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CEMA Sales Policy Handbook

January 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Here is a copy of it dated March 1993. CEMA Sales Policy Handbook – March 1993

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Dick Griffey RIP – Solar Records

September 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Dick Griffey passed on September 24, 2010. I had close interactions with him in the mid-1980s in connection with his label Solar Records. I also became friendly with Virgil Roberts, his head of business affairs. Roberts went on to become a successful Los Angeles attorney. Solar stood for “Sound of Los Angeles.” Some of Griffey’s […]

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Billboard 200 – Construct Invalidity

September 15th, 2010 · 3 Comments

For some time Billboard Magazine published a “Top 200” chart, which purported to identify the 200 best-selling records in the country. It used a variety of methodologies over time to comprise this data. Initially it relied on “store reports” from a limited (“small-n”) sample of retail record stores, together with feedback from local radio stations, […]

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EMI – SBK Music Publishing, SBK Records

April 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Here are two documents pertaining to SBK Music Publishing and SBK Records, cited in my post “Capitol-EMI in the Late 1980s – Early 1990s.” EMI Prospectus to Acquire SBK 1989 SBK Records Joint Venture Agreement

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EMI – Acquisition of Virgin Records

April 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Here is a copy of the prospectus EMI issued in connection with its acquisition of Virgin Records. Virgin Music Acquisition – Prospectus

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EMI – Demerger with Thorn-EMI – Thorn Electrical Industries

April 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Some comments on this post are here. Demerger Prospectus 2-20-1996 Demerger Prospectus 7-22-1996

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EMI – Warner Bros. Merger Proposal

April 24th, 2010 · No Comments

A description of this post is here. EMI Merger with Warner Bros. 2000 – Press Release EMI Merger with Warner Bros. 2000 – Prospectus

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