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Wow Jeff
 Oct 22, 2019
Bob knows his stuff and more importantly he knows & interviews important and interesting people who know cool stuff. He talks to people who made rock and roll history or laid the foundation of entertainment world for the last half century.


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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Chris Frantz
Drummer for Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club. His new memoir, "Remain in Love," is being released on July 21st. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 02, 2020
Michael Connelly
Creator of "Bosch," Michael Connelly's new book "Fair Warning" currently sits at number seven on the "New York Times" best-seller list. Listen as we cover Connelly's transition from newspaper reporter to full time novelist, and the intricacies of the production of the hit Amazon television show starring Titus Welliver. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 25, 2020
Bob Ezrin pt2
In part two of my conversation with legendary record producer Bob Ezrin we delve deeply into his production of the first Peter Gabriel album and Pink Floyd's "The Wall," and further discuss his work with Alice Cooper as well as Deep Purple, the Kings, Phish and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 19, 2020
Bob Ezrin pt 2
In part two of my conversation with legendary record producer Bob Ezrin we delve deeply into his production of the first Peter Gabriel album and Pink Floyd's "The Wall," and further discuss his work with Alice Cooper as well as Deep Purple, the Kings, Phish and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 18, 2020
Bob Ezrin pt 1
In part one of my conversation with legendary record producer Bob Ezrin we discuss his upbringing in Toronto, his journey into record production with Jack Richardson, and his meeting, signing and producing Alice Cooper as well as producing Lou Reed's "Berlin." Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 11, 2020
Bob Kolker
Robert Kolker is the author of the best-selling book "Hidden Valley Road" (an Oprah's Book Club choice!) as well as the "New York" magazine article upon which the HBO feature film "Bad Education" is based and the book "Lost Girls," the film of which recently debuted on Netflix. First, we explore the mechanics of a book deal, how "Hidden Valley Road" came to be, and then we go deep into the essence of the story, about the Galvin family of Colorado Springs, with twelve children, six of whom became schizophrenic. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 04, 2020
Sarah Kendzior
The oracle from St. Louis, Sarah Kendzior is the author of the bestselling books "The View From Flyover Country" and "Hiding in Plain Sight." You can see her in bits and pieces on MSNBC and Seth Meyers, but here we go deep, covering her life story, tales of self-publishing, fear of selling out to the man and her love of metal music. For a fresh and honest take on today's political landscape, Sarah Kendzior is the one. Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 28, 2020
Roger McNamee
Writer/investor/musician Roger McNamee was there at the beginning of the tech revolution, ultimately becoming a venture capitalist, most notably with Bono in Elevation Partners. An investor in Facebook, McNamee is now a critic, his book "Zucked" took on the negative consequences of social media. Roger is insightful and articulate and raises the questions that too many in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. do not. Listen as we discuss today's cultural, political and technical landscape. Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 21, 2020
Bob Rock
Musician/engineer/producer Bob Rock has been on every side of it, from a hit record with his band the Payola$ to engineering “Slippery When Wet” to producing the Black Album. Listen to hear stories of Bob seeing the Beatles at the airport in Winnipeg to being in the studio with everybody from Aerosmith to Michael Buble to Van Morrison. Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 14, 2020
Titus Welliver
That's right, Bosch! But you also know Titus from "Deadwood," "Lost," "NYPD Blue" and so many other TV shows and films. Welliver is educated and articulate, a trained actor, he takes his craft seriously. Listen to hear his story, which has enough twists and turns to be a movie itself! Furthermore, you'll get so much insight into being an artist. I truly connected with Titus! Learn more about your ad-choices at
May 07, 2020
Kathy Valentine
Bassist for the Go-Go's, Kathy Valentine recently published a memoir, "All I Ever Wanted," that is a must-read. Listen as she tells tales of growing up without limits as the daughter of a single parent, venturing to Los Angeles to make it and becoming a member of the Go-Go's. Valentine is articulate and quite the raconteur, you'll dig this. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Apr 30, 2020
Jake Gold
Join manager Jake Gold and me as we discuss life in the music business in the new world of Covid-19, along with political and musical differences between Canada and the U.S. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Apr 23, 2020
John Watson
John Watson started in A&R at Sony Music and then went on to manage Silverchair, Missy Higgins, Midnight Oil and more. Listen to how a guy from Down Under breaks acts internationally. (Recorded live at Australian Music Week.) Learn more about your ad-choices at
Apr 16, 2020
Ken West
Ken West is a fascinating guy. Most concert promoters are business people, but Ken is an artist. Ken co-created the legendary Australian festival Big Day Out, but first he went to art school. Listen to Ken tell stories about Nick Cave and Christo and his other influences. He's a raconteur as well as an entrepreneur. This podcast was recorded live at Australian Music Week. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Apr 09, 2020
Dawn Bridges
Dawn Bridges was the head of corporate communications at PolyGram, EMI, Warner Music, Time and even Al Jazeera. Dawn's recent clients include Spotify, Pluto TV and the Harvard Business Review. Hear Dawn's story from UCLA to today, from dealing with Wall Street, stock price is always paramount to CEOs, to the CEOs themselves. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Apr 02, 2020
Dawn Bridges
Dawn Bridges was the head of corporate communications at PolyGram, EMI, Warner Music, Time and even Al Jazeera. Dawn's recent clients include Spotify, Pluto TV and the Harvard Business Review. Hear Dawn's story from UCLA to today, from dealing with Wall Street, stock price is always paramount to CEOs, to the CEOs themselves. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Apr 02, 2020
Michael McCarty
Chief Membership & Business Development Officer of SOCAN, Michael McCarty is a member of the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. McCarty started off as a recording engineer at Jack Richardson's Nimbus 9 and had a long tenure running EMI Music Publishing Canada. Listen to Michael talk about the mission of SOCAN and changes in the music business. You don't have to be Canadian to get this, it's a worldwide business and Toronto is an epicenter of musical development. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Mar 26, 2020
Dave Stewart
Musician, writer, producer...listen to hear stories of Dave's upbringing in Sunderland, his band Longdancer's tenure with Elton John and Rocket Records, how he met Annie Lennox and how they borrowed money to make the first Eurythmics album, how he wrote the chorus of Tom Petty's "Don't Come Around Here No More" and how Dylan called him and they made movies together and... Learn more about your ad-choices at
Mar 19, 2020
Alex Hodges
The CEO of Nederlander Concerts, Alex Hodges started in Macon with his school buddy Phil Walden and ultimately went from day to day with Otis Redding to agent for the Capricorn bands to the manager for Gregg Allman and Stevie Ray Vaughan and...listen for the stories! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Mar 12, 2020
Andy Grammer
That's right, Mr. "Honey, I'm Good." You've got to listen to this if you're a recording artist, even if you have no idea who Andy Grammer is. We dig down deep into what it's like to be an artist in today's niche-focused world. Grammer is a deep-thinker, and he's also a participant, someone who writes a hundred songs to get two good ones. Andy busked on the Third Street Promenade for years before his breakthrough. Listen to find out how he made it. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Mar 05, 2020
Emilio Castillo
Emilio Castillo is the only person who's been in every iteration of Tower of Power. It was a joy talking to Emilio, hearing how he formed the band, their various record deals, rehab, marriage, Bill Graham, Ted Templeman... Even if you think you're not interested in TOP you will love Emilio's stories, learning how he went from there to here. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Feb 27, 2020
The Glorious Sons
The Glorious Sons are a rock band from Canada, where they have scored ten Top 5 rock tracks and have won two Junos (Canada's Grammys) for Rock Album of the Year. They're presently on tour north and south of the border, lighting up audiences at every stop. Listen as I talk to the band's guitarist and lead singer, as well as their manager and label rep. They don't believe rock is dead. After listening, you might not either! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Feb 20, 2020
Al Schmitt
Al Schmitt is a legendary sound engineer who has worked with everybody from Frank Sinatra to Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney to Steely Dan and scores more. Furthermore he produced Jefferson Airplane's "Volunteers" and Jackson Browne's "Late For The Sky." Al even has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, right outside Capitol Records, where he prefers to work to this day. Listen to hear Al's story. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Feb 13, 2020
Larry Mestel
Founder and CEO of Primary Wave Music, Larry Mestel started out as a CPA and shortly thereafter was drafted by a client to Island Records, and after stints at Arista and Virgin he quit to start Primary Wave, a new wave publishing company with its own marketing department. Listen to hear how Larry and Primary Wave are breaking norms. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Feb 06, 2020
Desmond Child
Writer/producer/performer Desmond Child gives a master class in songwriting, as well as reciting his history from Miami Beach to Hollywood. Hear how the man wrote "You Give Love A Bad Name" with Bon Jovi and "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" with Aerosmith and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 30, 2020
Pete Wentz
Musician, songwriter, entrepreneur Pete Wentz is much more than the bassist for Fall Out Boy. Listen to hear about this summer's stadium tour with Green Day and Weezer as well as Pete's upbringing, his love of tennis and the view from the stage. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 23, 2020
Pete Tong
A progenitor of the electronic music scene, Pete Tong had his residency at Pacha, is still on the BBC and is now touring arenas with the Heritage Orchestra playing Ibiza Classics. Meanwhile, he's still DJ'ing all over the world. Yup, Pete's just that busy! Listen to learn how Pete and the scene evolved. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 16, 2020
Dave Mason
Singer/songwriter/gunslinger Dave Mason was a member of Traffic, wrote "Feelin' Alright" as well as "Only You Know And I Know" (popularized by Delaney & Bonnie when they were on tour with Dave and Eric Clapton), and was the creator of the perfect debut album "Alone Together" and recorded the smash hit "We Just Disagree." Now that's a CV! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 09, 2020
Jamie Kitman
Jamie Kitman is not only a music manager, he's the New York Bureau Chief at "Automobile" magazine. In addition to his column in "Automobile," Kitman's National Magazine Award-winning commentary has appeared in "The New York Times," "The Nation," "GQ," "Foreign Affairs" and more. Listen as Kitman gives the scoop on SUVs (they make more profits for the manufacturers and handle much worse than sedans) and his history managing They Might Be Giants. Check out some of Jamie's columns here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 02, 2020
Holly George-Warren
Holly George-Warren is the author of a new book on Janis Joplin entitled "Janis: Her Life and Music." Tune in for insights into Janis, along with tales from Ms. George-Warren's career working at "Rolling Stone" and authoring sixteen books on topics as varied as Woodstock, Alex Chilton and country & western music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 26, 2019
Lee Abrams
He created AOR, the album-oriented rock radio format. He designed the original XM channels. Legendary radio programmer Lee Abrams is just not another consultant, listen to glean his insights. Howard Stern talks to Hillary Clinton about Lee Abrams (start at 15:20): You can also read some of Lee's musings here: Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 19, 2019
MicK Jones
That's right, Mr. Foreigner, who also co-produced Van Halen's "5150," Billy Joel's "Storm Front," and more. Hear how Mick struck gold with French superstar Johnny Hallyday and then conspired to create the chart-topping rock band whose songs are indelibly imprinted upon our brains. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 12, 2019
Tom Corson
Tom Corson is the co-chairman and chief operating officer of Warner Records. Listen… Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 05, 2019
Adam Alpert
Adam Alpert manages the Chainsmokers and runs Disruptor Records, a joint venture with Sony Music. Listen to how a whip-smart millennial has navigated the music business...from nightclubs to number one! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 28, 2019
Peter Garrett
Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett is only six days older than I am. I was scared he'd be off-putting, as a result of his height and bald head, but there are few people I've interviewed I've related to more. We cover the history of the Oils as well as Peter's tenure in the Australian government and what it was like playing in a band after his parents passed and... Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 21, 2019
Alan Hamel
Canadian late night TV host, producer, husband of Suzanne Somers and her career guru, Hamel has been there and done that and has great stories, he holds back nothing! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 14, 2019
Richard Griffiths
An agent, a publisher, a label majordomo and now a manager, not only has Richard Griffiths worn all the hats, he's a seer when it comes to careers. Richard and his partner Harry Magee and their firm Modest! Management were honored with the 2019 Music Industry Trusts Award on November 4th in London. Modest! has steered the careers of One Direction, the Spice Girls, 5 Seconds of Summer, Olly Murs, Niall Horan, Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 07, 2019
Bill Curbishley
The manager of The Who, Judas Priest and...need I say more? Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 31, 2019
Whitney Cummings
A tour-de-force, writer/performer/stand-up Whitney Cummings is whip-smart and quick with a quip. Listen as we plumb the depths of Hollywood, social media, her career, her personality, her personal life... Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 24, 2019
Peter Paterno
Attorney extraordinaire Peter Paterno represents a who's who of clients. Listen to hear his story from Orange County to Harvey Mudd to signing Queen at Hollywood Records to Metallica to Dr. Dre to "Blurred Lines" to... Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 17, 2019
Ron Stone
Manager Ron Stone has been involved with everybody from Crosby, Stills & Nash to Joni Mitchell to Bonnie Raitt to Rickie Lee Jones. Listen to hear tales of what it was like in L.A. in the sixties and more!

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Oct 10, 2019
Phil Carson
Phil Carson was there in the heyday of Atlantic Records in the U.K. He signed AC/DC and was the only guy at the label Led Zeppelin would talk to. He's managed everyone from Plant and Page to ELP and still handles Foreigner. This guy's got stories!

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Oct 03, 2019
Michael Feinstein
The King of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein is a player, a singer and an archivist, he's born to and dedicated to the music. A legend with numerous albums and TV shows, you should listen to this even if only modern music floats your boat, hear how an outcast followed the music to success, how a true original was accepted by Ira Gershwin and the public at large. From the piano bar to the Hollywood Bowl, it's a mighty long way down not only rock and roll, but all music, to the TOP!

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Sep 26, 2019
Ahmet Zappa
Majordomo of the Zappa Trust, son of Frank and Gail (as they told him to call them from birth), TV show host, writer, entrepreneur, Ahmet Zappa grew up by the Utility Muffin Research Kitchen, he has stories to tell.

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Sep 19, 2019
Ken Kragen
From the Limeliters to the Smothers Brothers, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Richie, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood and even Gallagher, Ken Kragen is a legendary manager and one of the main drivers behind "We Are The World." Listen to hear his history, as well as the tale of that legendary charity project.

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Sep 12, 2019
Harold Bronson
One of the original Rhino Brothers (along with Richard Foos), Harold went from playing to writing to CBS college rep and ultimately Rhino Records, then just a record shop. Harold was the one who expanded the brand into recordings, with Wild Man Fischer, the Temple Kazoo Orchestra, the Winos and more, ultimately leading to the distribution of the Turtles' catalog. Listen to the story of how Harold and Rhino succeeded by doing it their way.

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Sep 05, 2019
Joel Selvin
Long time music critic for the "San Francisco Chronicle," Sammy Hagar once gave Joel's phone number out at a show, and then Selvin co-wrote the Red Rocker's #1 best-selling book, "Red: My Uncensored Live In Rock." An expert in the San Francisco scene, Selvin authored a book about Altamont, as well as writing books about Bert Berns and the latter day Dead. Tune in to hear this raconteur's stories.
Aug 29, 2019
A Tribute To Jerry Weintraub Live
A Tribute To Jerry Weintraub, recorded live at the Grammy Museum Thursday, August 14th, featuring John Meglen of Concerts West, Bob Finkelstein of Sinatra Enterprises, Claire Rothman, emeritus GM/VP of the Forum, Peter Jackson, tour manager of the Moody Blues and Eric Clapton, Michael Weintraub and me, as the moderator. Listen for tales of the impresario who created national touring and promoted such artists at Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bad Company, the Beach Boys and Led Zeppelin, as well as managing John Denver, Bob Dylan and many more.
Aug 22, 2019
Grace Slick
A women who needs no introduction...
Aug 15, 2019
Danny Kortchmar
That's right, Kootch! Guitarist and songwriter for James Taylor ("Machine Gun Kelly," "Honey Don't Leave L.A.") and band member for Carole King and Jackson Browne for Don Henley, Danny came up with the sound of "Dirty Laundry," and...yup, Danny has too many credits to list!
Aug 08, 2019
George Drakoulias
Rhymes with "Orange Julius," at least according to the Beastie Boys! George produced the Black Crowes's "Shake Your Money Maker" (and "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion"!) and he's the music supervisor of choice for Ben Stiller, and he's worked on films as varied as "The Hangover" and "Frances Ha." George is a great conversationalist, listen!
Aug 01, 2019
Dave Koz
Yes, the active saxophonist, the smooth jazz king. Dave is personable and eloquent and if you want to know how to make it, what it's like to have a hit and soldier on, this is for you. I don't care whether you like Koz's music or not, you'll love him when you listen to this podcast.
Jul 25, 2019
Tom Bailey
Frontman of the Thompson Twins. An eighties icon still plying the boards today. You remember "Hold Me Now," right? But there was so much more, the instantly infectious "In The Name Of Love," as well as "Lies," "Love On Your Side," "Doctor! Doctor!," "You Take Me Up," "Love On Your Side"...  Listen to find out how a man destined for medicine ended up making it in music.
Jul 18, 2019
Morgan Neville
Academy Award winner for "20 Feet From Stardom," as well as director of last summer's surprise hit "Won't You Be My Neighbor?," Morgan Neville is the go-to documentarian. His Rick Rubin docuseries premieres on Showtime on July 12th. Morgan's a huge music fan, listen to how he got from there to here, I could have talked to him all day!
Jul 11, 2019
Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell speak of their fifty years as "America" and their multiple hit records, from "A Horse With No Name" to "Sister Golden Hair" to... These are nice guys, find out how they made it in the music business.
Jul 04, 2019
Peter Noone
That's right, aka Herman, of Herman's Hermits. Peter tells the story of growing up in Manchester, working with Mickie Most, acting in "Pirates of Penzance" and rededicating himself to his musical career, touring the globe singing his hits. Peter has a whipsmart sense of humor and you definitely won't be bored!
Jun 27, 2019
Agent for both Social Distortion and Brian Wilson, learn how to make it in this crazy business called music.
Jun 20, 2019
Karla Bonoff
Quite possibly the best songwriter of her generation, Karla is famous for the songs she wrote for Linda Ronstadt, but her versions are even better. Tune in to hear the story of the SoCal music scene in the seventies.
Jun 13, 2019
Dean Torrence
Not only will you hear the story of Jan & Dean, but you'll get previously untold insights into Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. Dean talks about pairing up with Jan, making records with Lou Adler, going to college with folkies when he was on the pop'll be riveted!
Jun 06, 2019
Linda Perry
That's right, the singer/writer of the 4 Non Blondes hit "What's Up," as well as the composer of hit songs for Pink, Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani, Linda Perry is a songwriter nonpareil, and a producer too! Her fingerprints are all over tracks from Adele to Weezer, and furthermore, she's a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. But first and foremost, Linda's an opinionated original, someone working to bring the glory days of rock back. Listen.
May 30, 2019
Andy Slater
Director of the new film "Echo In The Canyon," Andy produced albums by Fiona Apple, Macy Gray and the Wallflowers as well as being President of Capitol Records and a manager. Andy tells us how he got here as well as the backstory of the movie.
May 23, 2019
Winky Fairorth
Winky Fairorth runs Tait Towers, a company you might not have ever heard of. But Tait provides the staging for seemingly every headline tour, from U2 to Lady Gaga to Metallica to Elton John. Winky is a pesonable character, listen to how he got his start and the status of staging today.
May 16, 2019
John Meglen
John Meglen has been in the touring business for four decades. A hustler with a sense of humor, he was responsible for putting Celine Dion in Vegas. If you want to know the inner workings of the touring business, this is the place.
May 09, 2019
Jack Douglas
Come for the Aerosmith stories, stay for the John Lennon ones. Legendary music producer Jack Douglas tells of his reform school past, freighter trip to Liverpool and penetrating the studio scene. Fascinating.
May 02, 2019
Stephen Marcussen
Mastering... An integral part of making records that most people are uninformed about. Listen as preeminent mastering engineer Stephen Marcussen strips away the mystery, tells you about sound and tech and how a tip at the supermarket led to his career.
Apr 25, 2019
Jeff Garlin
Murray Goldberg, Larry David's manager know Garlin from his numerous TV and film roles as well as his standup. He's the same guy in real life (only younger, thinner and better-looking!) Find out what it takes to make it in comedy, especially when you discover your destiny while watching Jimmy Durante.
Apr 18, 2019
Billy Bragg
Listen as Billy Bragg tells the story of growing up poor and rejecting his preordained future at Ford's to become a part of the political fabric of the U.K., all via music. Billy tells a great story, you'll become a fan even if you're unfamiliar with his music (and learn a lot about Brexit too!)
Apr 11, 2019
Capitol Congress
This week, we shift our attention to Bob’s analysis of today’s music industry. Bob was invited to speak at Capitol Records’ Capitol Congress event at the ArcLight theater in Hollywood on the topic of “change”. He reminds a packed audience of music business professionals to look to the future because the past is never coming back. In today’s on-demand culture distribution is king and now is the time to focus on content.
Sep 18, 2018
Tom Johnston
The Doobie Brothers frontman, Tom Johnston, joins Bob to talk about his early beginnings and being drawn to R&B artists like Little Richard. He played saxophone, clarinet and drums in his youth but ultimately fell in love with the guitar and taught himself how to play. Always inspired by soul and blues music, he played and sang in a variety of bands before and throughout college, where he studied graphic design. Those years ultimately led to the band that would become The Doobie Brothers and iconic songs like “Listen To The Music”, “China Grove” and “Long Train Runnin’”.
Sep 11, 2018
Danny Goldberg
Music industry veteran, Danny Goldberg is the publicist, manager and record label exec who helped shape the careers of Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Bonnie Raitt, The Allman Brothers and many more. He sits down with Bob to talk music, politics, drugs and business. They discuss today’s political landscape before diving deep into Goldberg’s early years writing for Billboard and being recruited to run publicity for Led Zeppelin. He became a manager and led various record labels, signing icons like Stevie Nicks and Steve Earle. We cover pivotal moments in his career, like the day Kurt Cobain died and end with a discussion about the music industry today.
Sep 04, 2018
Randy Bachman
Randy Bachman of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive joins Bob to talk about his amazing career. He takes us all the way back to his childhood in Winnipeg where he played violin at family parties before discovering the guitar. A dynamic storyteller, Bachman shares captivating stories from his adventures on the road and in the studio including how he wrote “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet” and the surprising piano player featured on “Takin’ Care of Business”. We end with a conversation about his spiritual connection to George Harrison and his brand new album, By George - By Bachman.
Aug 28, 2018
Seymour Stein
Legendary record label executive, Seymour Stein, is the ears behind countless amazing careers including The Talking Heads, Madonna and The Ramones. Stein shares stories from his early years helping to compile the Billboard charts in NYC and spending a summer in Cincinnati to learn the record business from Syd Nathan when he was only 15 years old. For Stein, the songs are what attracts him to a band, musicianship comes second. He is not only an great businessman but a true music fan and fountain of knowledge.
Aug 21, 2018
World-famous DJ, Kaskade talks about growing up outside of Chicago, attending the University of Utah and playing his first shows on Monday nights in a basement club in Salt Lake City. He packed the club, giving him the money to purchase his first studio equipment. He then followed his wife to San Francisco to find a city with a flourishing music scene where he began to make his mark and ultimately led the way to the top of the electronic dance movement
Aug 14, 2018
Jim McCarthy
Jim McCarthy is CEO and co-founder of Goldstar, an event discovery service that helps people stay informed of local live entertainment. The company launched on Valentine’s Day in 2002 boot-strapped and lean and without much in the bank. Today, Goldstar is available in 26 cities around the country and has over 8 million members. Jim shares his insights on how a service-oriented mentality has been at the core of his company’s success. We also delve deep into his early years as an english teacher in Japan and working for Noah’s Bagels in San Francisco. 00:30 - What is Goldstar? 26:45 - Attending Harvard 36:00 - Teaching English in Japan 44:45 - Noah's Bagels 56:45 - Founding Goldstar 1:14:45 - The business of live entertainment 1:21:15 - Being customer service forward
Aug 07, 2018
Jerry Greenberg
In 1974, Jerry Greenberg was the youngest president of any major record company. At age 32, he took the reigns of Atlantic Records and went on to sign a myriad of legendary acts including ABBA, Foreigner, Genesis and The Blues Brothers. Jerry shares some amazing stories about his early years and about the artists he worked with such as the time he played congas for Led Zeppelin during an encore at Madison Square Garden. 1:00 - Michael Jackson 12:00 - His band was called The Passengers 17:00 - Percy Sledge, "When a Man Loves a Woman" 21:00 - Atlantic Records - Job offer, but he was on the way to Vietnam 35:00 - How Led Zeppelin came together 44:00 - Bad Company, Foreigner 1:06:00 - John Prine, Dr. John, Alice Cooper 1:16:00 - Best Drummers
Jul 31, 2018
Waddy Wachtel
Waddy Wachtel was chosen by Keith Richards to play lead guitar for his side project The X-pensive Winos. That gig was the culmination of so many session gigs and performances for the guitar virtuoso whose list of credits spans rock & roll history as he supported the Everly Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Adam Sandler, and Warren Zevon. 13:00 - Stevie Nicks 21:00 - Les Paul at Summer Camp 36:00 - Moved to LA 1:08:00 - The Rolling Stones 1:24:00 - Co-writing Werewolves of London 1:33:00 - Fleetwood Mac 1:41:00 - Working with Adam Sandler 1:56:00 - Greatest guitarists of all time
Jul 24, 2018
Jake Gold
Manager extraordinaire & Canadian Idol TV judge Jake Gold returns to the program to recap the Music Media Summit in Santa Barbara, CA with some insight from behind the scenes, reactions to the interviews with music and tech executives at the event as well as analysis of where the music industry is going next.
Jul 17, 2018
Troy Carter
Troy Carter talks about growing up in Philadelphia, working with Lady Gaga, hip hop's dominance, and Spotify's approach to working with artists. From his brief career as an artist to going through a tough time with Will Smith to spending his last pennies on dinner to win the business of Lady Gaga, the interview is packed with surprising stories and wisdom for the next generation of artists and managers. 17:00 - Rising up in the Philly music scene 29:00 - Troy joins Sanctuary 39:00 - Managing Lady Gaga 48:00 - Silicon Valley & investing in tech 1:13:00 - Q&A
Jul 10, 2018
Bryan Fogel
Oscar-winning filmmaker Bryan Fogel talks about his documentary Icarus. He discusses his upbringing, his comedy and acting career which spawned the off-broadway play Jewtopia prior to creating the film about doping which exposed the biggest scandal in sports history and brought home the Academy Award. 02:00 - For the first month, Oscar didn't leave his side 20:00 - Started Icarus 48:00 - Success of Jewtopia 1:02:00 - Hanging with Lance Armstrong 1:12:00 - Doping experience 1:25:00 - Icarus results 1:43:00 - What's next?
Jul 03, 2018
Steve Boom
VP of Amazon Music Steve Boom tells his story starting out as an engineer at Compaq, spending years in Europe doing business development for Yahoo! before moving back to San Francisco, and ultimately joining Amazon Music. Boom talks about how Amazon Music is changing the landscape by delivering a more natural and intuitive music listening experience on Alexa. 07:00 - Programming at Compaq 14:00 - 10 years at Yahoo! London to SF 22:00 - Amazon Music begins 27:00 - Bezos' involvement and the decision making process at Amazon 33:30 - Echo launch after Prime Music 55:00 - Alexa as a member of the family and Amazon Music Unlimited
Jun 26, 2018
Rob Glaser
Rob Glaser tells the story of his career sharing his passion for media, politics, tech, and bowling. Rob's intelligence is palpable as he foresaw many twists and turns in these industries while navigating pivotal moments in the history of Microsoft prior to launching his own publicly traded company RealNetworks. 01:00 - Attended Fieldstone with Jason Flom in NYC 06:00 - Started hacking 09:00 - College radio station background 18:00 - Wrote a Left wing column in the Yale University newspaper & debated with David Frum 19:00 - 1st computer at age of 19 28:00 - Left IBM for Microsoft with Steve Ballmer 42:00 - RealNetworks launch of Real Player 50:00 - Bowling - ESPN 51:00 - Napster, MusicNet, Rhapsody 1:03:00 - Air America & politics 1:08:00 - Tech privacy reckoning 1:12:00 - Q&A
Jun 19, 2018
Paul Rodgers
Paul Rodgers is one of the greatest rock vocalists alive. He's a founding member of Free and Bad Company, worked with Jimmy Page and Queen, and continues making music and touring to this day. His new album is called Free Spirit. Pre-order Free Spirit and get tickets to see Paul perform live at 07:00 - Great voice & health attributed to stopping drugs & alcohol 17:00 - Howlin' Wolf inspired him 21:00 - The band Free began 30:00 - The story of writing 'Alright Now' 50:00 - Friendship between Led Zeppelin & Bad Company 56:00 - Origin of the song 'Feel Like Making Love' & peyote 58:00 - Story of 'Shooting Star' 68:00 - Working with Jimmy Page 76:00 - Playing with Queen 84:00 - Music Industry today 86:00 - Jimi Hendrix story
Jun 12, 2018
Daniel Glass
Deejay turned record label head Daniel Glass reveals his path connecting with artists before the competition. Glassnote Records' founder & president shares insight into how he rose to the top of the music business building upon the success of Sinead O'Conner, Wilson Phillips, Blur, Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino, and CHVRCHES.
Jun 05, 2018
Kenny Aronoff
Legendary drummer Kenny Aronoff tells the tale of his path to a #1 album working with John Mellencamp. He discusses his background playing timpani for Leonard Bernstein in the lead up to connecting with Mellencamp, and the subsequent career highlights from Bob Dylan to Bon Jovi, The Smashing Pumpkins to the Kennedy Center Honors. 15:00 - Saw The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, Kenny wanted Ringo's job! 27:00 - Kenny's dad fought Hitler in the war 39:00 - John Fogerty called him 60:00 - Mellencamp fired his former drummer 68:00 - Hurt So Good was release, and we went to #1, Grammy's, SNL 72:00 - Mellencamp quit 74:00 - Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, and Kennedy Center Honors 87:00 - Jon Bon Jovi - Blaze of Glory story 89:00 - Why is the drummer ALWAYS the business guy?
May 29, 2018
Ethiopia Habtemariam
Holding down dual roles as both President of Motown Records and President of Urban Music/Co-Head of Creative at Universal Publishing Music Group, Ethiopia Habtemariam shares the story of her rapid rise through the Atlanta music scene. She discusses race in America, being a female executive in the music industry, the future of hip hop, and how she develops global strategy for the artists under her wing. 1:00 - Hip hop as the universal language 3:00 - Her name & heritage 6:00 - Moved to Atlanta, Kris Kross in the same class 10:00 - First contact with LaFace Records 11:00 - SouthernPlayalistic Music Fest, Outkast 17:00 - Emmis Music Publishing gig 19:00 - Started working with NSync managing their charity efforts 22:00 - Started at Universal, signed Ludacris, Pussycat Dolls, Kerry Hilson 25:00 - Moved to LA for Motown - signed Ciarra, started doing A&R 33:00 - Racism in the music industry 38:00 - Being a woman in the music business 50:00 - Is Kanye West crazy or intentional 1:05:00 - Q&A with audience at the Music Media Summit in Santa Barbara, CA
May 22, 2018
Gilberto Gil
Brazilian musician & social activist Gilberto Gil discusses the experience of being a political prisoner, the international influences on his music which emerged as he was forced into exile living in London in the late 60's, and his return home to Brazil continuing to push the boundaries of freedom and equality in society while innovating musically, ultimately being named Brazil's Minister of Culture in 2003.
May 15, 2018
Six-time Grammy nominated artist Moby joins Bob at the LA Times Festival of Books at the University of Southern California for the first podcast recorded in front of a live audience. They talk about the tragic death of Avicii, Moby's own struggles with sobriety on his rollercoaster of a career and his dedication to creating music every single day of his life.
May 08, 2018
Shep Gordon
When Jimi Hendrix told Shep he should become a manager, and he was connected to Alice Cooper shortly after, the story of The Supermensch began. Follow the legendary manager's adventures from managing the careers of famous musicians, actors, and chefs, winning a Cannes Film Festival award as a producer, and developing a friendship with the Dalai Lama.
May 01, 2018
Giles Martin
Giles Martin produced The Beatles' LOVE album and Cirque du Soleil show, oversaw production of the concert for the Queen's Golden Jubilee in addition to working with many significant musicians. Bob starts the conversation exposing the elephant in the room which is he's the son of legendary producer for The Beatles George Martin. Despite the apparent nepotism, Giles exudes humility as he shares what it was like to grow up the son of the 'Fifth Beatle' who discouraged Giles' music career before they ultimately worked together. He tells some supremely entertaining stories and proves he is well equipped to serve SONOS as their Head of Sound Experience.
Apr 24, 2018
Kendall Ostrow
Bob speaks with the Head of Strategy, UTA[IQ] at United Talent Agency, Kendall Ostrow, about working with artists to achieve their personal and professional goals leveraging the power of digital and social media. She shares her story of starting in radio, launching The Ellen DeGeneres Show on social media, venturing into the agency world, and displaying her dedication to constant innovation and improvement at each step of her career.
Apr 17, 2018
Shirley Manson
Shirley Manson, lead singer of Garbage, brings her wit, charm, and brutal honesty to this week's episode of The Bob Lefsetz Podcast discussing her path to rock stardom, growing up in Scotland, as well as her thoughts on religion, sexuality, and the power of music today.
Apr 10, 2018
John Dick
Bob talks with the CEO of Civic Science John Dick about how America is feeling today. About guns and politics. About their cell phones. About streaming music. The episode proves that an expert on polling can be quite interesting as Bob peppers John with questions about data, and how it's used by Fortune 500 companies and tech giants alike to control the future.
Apr 03, 2018
Moe Shalizi
No shortage of stories from one of the hottest managers in the dance music scene, Moe Shalizi, of Red Light Management. From deejaying night clubs in a shady part of town early in his career to getting Jauz signed by Diplo at Burning Man and urging Marshmello to call Skrillex only to find Katie Couric on the other end of the phone, Shalizi shares his behind the scenes experiences managing some of the top music acts in the world today.
Mar 27, 2018
Lyor Cohen
Bob talks with one of the Godfathers of hip hop Lyor Cohen. From his first promoting gig working with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Run DMC to all the years building Def Jam to signing Fetty Wap to his hip hop label 300, Cohen has stayed true to himself, putting the music first. In his new role as head of music for YouTube | Google, he dedicates himself to preserving diversity amidst an ever consolidating media landscape.
Mar 20, 2018
Nancy Wilson
Rock musician Nancy Wilson joins Bob in the TuneIn Studios to discuss her roots, rise to fame as founding member of the band Heart, and her ongoing career performing around the world.
Mar 13, 2018
Chris Zarou
This 28-year old phenom of a manager guiding Logic & Jon Bellion to greatness, Chris Zarou talks about abandoning his soccer career to pursue his love of music and the industry that drives it. He talks about growing up in New York, and how he broke through by finding unique and fresh ways to connect and grow audience for talent.
Mar 06, 2018
Rick Mueller
This week's episode of The Bob Lefsetz Podcast features an interview with AEG Presents...North America President Rick Mueller about his path from booking acts in college to learning the ropes under some of the biggest promoters in the business. Hear Rick's views on ticketing, the benefits gained by acts playing festivals, and the success of certain genres over others online, on air and on stage.
Feb 27, 2018
Jake Gold
In Episode 11 of The Bob Lefsetz Podcast, Bob interviews 3-time Canadian Manager of the Year Jake Gold about his career guiding The Tragically Hip to success, and his role as TV Judge on Canadian Idol. Hear his thoughts on the future of the music industry as he turns the tables on the interview getting Bob's thoughts on audio streaming and technology as well.
Feb 20, 2018
Jim Guerinot
In Episode 10, Bob goes deep into the background of renowned manager Jim Guerinot. From working with Gwen Stefani and No Doubt to The Offspring and Nine Inch Nails, Jim tells stories of how he built his successful management company only to walk away from the best gig in the music industry to teach AP history to high school kids.
Feb 13, 2018
Jason Flom
Bob speaks with the CEO of Lava Records, Jason Flom, about his rise through the music industry, his early work with AC/DC and Twisted Sister, and more recently, discovering acts like Katy Perry and Lorde. He also shares his passion for criminal justice, telling stories of corruption and injustice which are highlighted in his own podcast, Wrongful Conviction.
Feb 06, 2018
Peter Asher
In episode 8, Bob speaks with renowned performer, manager and producer Peter Asher, CBE. Asher shares stories of living with Paul McCartney, his career performing with Peter and Gordon, as well as working with legendary artists James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.
Jan 30, 2018
Andrew Loog Oldham
In episode 7, Bob speaks with Andrew Loog Oldham, former Rolling Stones manager, about working with one of the most influential bands in the world. Plus, hear stories about his early work with Bob Dylan and The Beatles.
Jan 23, 2018
Tony Hawk
In episode 6, Bob speaks with Tony Hawk about his rise to become the face of the sport of skateboarding. He discusses the challenges he faced in building his business, Birdhouse, and how he found success in the world of video games.
Jan 16, 2018
John Boyle Part 2
In the inaugural episode, Bob's good friend John Boyle from Insomniac interviewed Bob. This is the second part of that interview where the topics ranged from Bob's theory that Distribution - not Content - is King! to Russian hacking to festival security. They leave no stone unturned, and dive deeper into the music industry.
Jan 09, 2018
Eric Bazilian
In the fourth and final episode of 2017, Bob interviews genius songwriter Eric Bazilian from The Hooters. Enjoy the Philadephia-native's stories from behind the scenes of writing music with Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, and many more.
Dec 19, 2017
Diane Warren
In episode 3, Bob speaks with 5-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year Diane Warren. The Grammy, Emmy, and Golden Globe Award-winner tells stories from her rebellious youth and rise to fame working with the biggest names in music to write the soundtrack of our lives.
Dec 12, 2017
Nathan Hubbard
In the second episode, Bob speaks with the former CEO of Ticketmaster Nathan Hubbard. They talk about Nathan’s background as a musician, his rise through the tech industry, and the evolution of the ticketing business in the digital age.
Dec 05, 2017
John Boyle
For the inaugural episode, Bob sits down for an interview with long-time friend and guest John Boyle, Chief Growth Officer of Insomniac. The two discuss a bit of John’s background, and then turn the microphone around to Bob so listeners can learn more about his humble beginnings in the business.
Nov 28, 2017
Bob Lefsetz is the author of “The Lefsetz Letter.” Listen to his new podcast where he'll address the issues that are at the core of the music business, internet, and the world at large. In this teaser, you’ll hear portions of an interview with episode 1 guest John Boyle who is the Chief Growth Officer of Insomniac. Bob and John discuss the origin of the infamous Lefsetz Letter, and why Bob is working with TuneIn to bring his unfiltered brand of music & pop-culture analysis to the world of podcasts.
Nov 21, 2017