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On Attending the NARM Convention

May 12th, 2011 by David Kronemyer · 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 […]


Beatles Contracts – Capitol Records – Interpretation

April 6th, 2011 by David Kronemyer · 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 by David Kronemyer · 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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Guy Marriott – Personality Sketch

January 19th, 2011 by David Kronemyer · 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 by David Kronemyer · 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 by David Kronemyer · 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 […]


CEMA Sales Policy Handbook

January 12th, 2011 by David Kronemyer · 1 Comment ·

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

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Derald Wing Sue on Racism

December 17th, 2010 by David Kronemyer · 2 Comments ·

I recently re-read the article “Are you a racist?” by Derald Wing Sue (2003). I think Sue’s argument is mistaken on several points, which I now propose to address. Who is a racist? Distilled to its essentials, Sue’s basic argument is that every white male is a racist because they are beneficiaries of a pervasive, […]


A Trip to the California African-American Museum

December 17th, 2010 by David Kronemyer · No Comments ·

I recently visited the California African American Museum in Los Angeles with several of my friends. It is situated in Exposition Park, across the street from U.S.C. Before everybody got there I walked around the Rose Garden, redolent of Los Angeles in the 1930s. Bold statements about art, poetry, literature and philosophy adorned some of […]

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A Place Called Home and American Apparel – the Logic of Volunteering (part 2)

December 17th, 2010 by David Kronemyer · No Comments ·

I recently spent some time volunteering at A Place Called Home, located on South Central Ave. at 28th Street in Los Angeles. It is an after-school program for neighborhood kids. Its main concept is to get them off the streets after school and into a safe environment. The first thing we do is feed them. […]

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