The Bob Lefsetz Podcast

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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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Tommy James
Tommy James cut "Hanky Panky" when he was just a teenager, and then he signed with Morris Levy's Roulette Records and ended up with tons of hits, but very little money. Listen to the story of an artist who pushed the limits of the hit single idiom (remember the tremolo effect in "Crimson and Clover"?) and toured with all the stars of the sixties as well as Hubert Humphrey! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 25, 2021
Paul Carrack
Paul Carrack wrote and sang the classic "How Long" for his band Ace, and sang "Tempted" for Squeeze and "Silent Running" and "The Living Years" for Mike and the Mechanics. Carrack also played keys on such varied albums as Roxy Music's "Avalon," the Pretenders' "Learning to Crawl" and Elton John's "Made in England." He's part of Eric Clapton's touring band and is on the road doing solo shows. Listen to how a boy from Sheffield makes a life in music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 18, 2021
Donny Osmond
You'll like Donny Osmond after listening to this podcast, he's definitely not a bad apple! We talk about growing up in Southern California, the Osmonds, the Donny & Marie TV show, as well as Vegas and his new album. Donny talks about being broke and needing to resuscitate his career, he's fully aware of his public image. And who inspired his comeback, none other than PETER GABRIEL! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 11, 2021
Chris Kimsey
You're gonna love this. Chris Kimsey, producer and engineer for the Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, Duran Duran and more, not only opines on those records, he also goes deep into equipment, technique and Dolby Atmos. If you have any interest in the studio, this is right up your alley. And even if not, you'll dig the stories. Amazing! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 04, 2021
Gina Schock
From the Baltimore docks to the Hollywood Bowl... Gina Schock is the drummer of the Go-Go's, a songwriter for Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez and the author of a new photo book about her band. Tune in to hear how a woman with a passion for rock made it to the top. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 28, 2021
Stevie Van Zandt
Stevie Van Zandt, aka "Miami Steve," aka "Little Steven," aka "Silvio Dante," has written an autobiography, "Unrequited Infatuations." We dig into the process of writing the book, and we also cover the landscape from New Jersey...back to New Jersey! Growing up with the radio, the greatness of the Beatles, struggling in Asbury Park, failing to make the E Street Band, going straight and doing construction, playing the oldies circuit, making the E Street Band, going solo, returning to the E Street Band and appearing in "The Sopranos" and... Steven says he's not good with money, but he's had a jam-packed career, his life is rich with experiences, listen as we go deep! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 21, 2021
Gary Katz
Gary Katz produced every Steely Dan album from "Can't Buy a Thrill" to "Gaucho" as well as Donald Fagen's "Nightfly." Listen as we chart Gary's career from Brooklyn to Hollywood, from Bobby Darin to Warner Brothers, with ABC/Dunhill in between. I guarantee you'll learn something about Steely Dan you didn't know! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 14, 2021
John Sebastian
The Lovin' Spoonful, need I say more? From Mugwumps to Woodstock to "Kotter," this is an in-depth exploration of John's life, who he is and how he made it. From Greenwich Village to the "Ed Sullivan Show" to the world! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 07, 2021
Dennis Arfa
Dennis Arfa is CEO of Artist Group International where he is the agent for Billy Joel, Metallica, Def Leppard and many more. Arfa is a student of the game who knows where all the dollars in a deal are buried. We cover everything from the role of the agent in the world of overall touring deals to the duties of an agent to the evolution of Arfa's company and his career. This is a must listen for those interested in the touring business, it includes up to date information you'll want to know! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 30, 2021
James McMurtry
James McMurtry has a great new album "The Horses and the Hounds" that addresses the world from an adult perspective. We discuss the life of a modern troubadour, releasing music to generate publicity and ticket sales, for McMurtry it's all about the live show. Despite being self-deprecating, James oozes with insight. This is a chance to get into the head of one of our foremost singer-songwiters. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 23, 2021
The Fat Rat
The Fat Rat is the king of gaming music. He's got over 5.5 million YouTube subscribers and over 2 billion streams on YouTube and Spotify. Find out how a musician from a small city in Germany conquered the music business, going from Berlin to America and ultimately back again, signing to Universal and then leaving, finding he makes more money independently and can do whatever he chooses artistically. Want to know how to make it today? LISTEN! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 16, 2021
Paul Anka
Paul Anka is a raconteur who tells us not only about his new album, but his writing process and 60+ years in the business, from bus tours with Buddy Holly and the Everly Brothers to the Copa to Vegas to writing the theme song for "The Tonight Show" and "My Way" for Frank Sinatra. This is history come alive, with a lot of insight baked in, you'll dig this. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 09, 2021
Suzi Quatro
Suzi Quatro is a trip! You're gonna dig this podcast even if you've never heard any of her hit singles or seen her on "Happy Days" or read any of her books or seen her on stage or listened to her radio show... Suzi is open and honest about everything, displaying her Detroit roots despite living in the U.K. for decades. Suzi needed to make it, and she's still out there doing it. It was a blast talking to her! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 02, 2021
John Hall
John Hall had hit records with his band Orleans, was voted Ski Instructor of the Year at Hunter Mountain, and ultimately was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms...and in between he was one of the driving forces behind No Nukes! We discuss John's activism as well as his musical history, how he moved to New York City and after a number of record deals ultimately struck it rich on Asylum with "Dance With Me" and "Still the One." We go deep into the details of what it takes to not only have a hit record, but to get elected to Congress. Meanwhile, John's still at it, he's got a new album entitled "Reclaiming My Time." You will thoroughly enjoy your time listening to Hall tell stories of his life and career! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 26, 2021
Ann Wilson
Ann Wilson, vocalist extraordinaire, is the lead singer of Heart. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 19, 2021
Andrew Zimmern
You know food luminary Andrew Zimmern from TV shows like "Bizarre Foods" on the Travel Channel and "What's Eating America" on MSNBC. Here we address all the issues in today's food world, from the pay of restaurant help to the quality of ingredients to the ability of food to heal our nation. Plus, we get Andrew's personal story, his interest in the culinary world from a young age, his descent into drugs, alcohol and homelessness, his rejuvenation in rehab in Minnesota and his journey back from dishwasher to chef to radio and TV personality. Andrew puts the food world in perspective, it's much larger and more significant than you think. And he can tell the tale! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 12, 2021
Rod Argent
Rod Argent started out in the Zombies, for which he wrote the classics "She's Not There," "Tell Her No" and "Time of the Season." After the band broke up Argent formed a group under his own name and with Chris White composed their Top Five hit "Hold Your Head Up." Then with partner Peter Van Hooke he produced Tanita Tikaram's multi-platinum album "Ancient Heart" with its MTV staple "Twist in My Sobriety." And now he's in the Zombies once again! Not only does Rod tell the stories of the acts and the hits, he details what it was like growing up in the U.K. in the days of shortages, when the world was still in black and white. Argent is an amazing raconteur, you'll love hearing his stories! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 05, 2021
Patrick Spence
Patrick Spence is the CEO of Sonos. We discuss the creation of products, the marketing thereof, the company's place in the landscape as well as Patrick's history at BlackBerry! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 29, 2021
Michael Rapino
Michael Rapino is CEO and President of Live Nation. Need I say more? Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 22, 2021
Harry Wayne Casey
Harry Wayne Casey is "K.C." of K.C. and the Sunshine Band. He co-wrote and co-produced the first worldwide disco hit, "Rock Your Baby," and then followed it up with five number ones and a number two with his own group. K.C. worked his way up from record store clerk to label employee to international hit artist...on an independent label! Here we get the history as well as insight into the whirlwind of international stardom and an update on what K.C. is doing today. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 15, 2021
Rick Beato
Rick Beato has 2.42 million subscribers to his YouTube channel "Everything Music": He has scores of videos with more than one million views, his "Top 20 Acoustic Guitar Intros Of All Time" has 13 million views! Rick teaches you how to play the songs and analyzes why they're great or why they're not. Pull up his page, but be prepared to go down the rabbit hole, as we do in this conversation, where we discuss Rick's history, how he creates his videos and the ups and downs of the YouTube game. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 08, 2021
Judy Collins
Judy Collins was so upfront and honest she blew my mind. Judy talked in-depth about Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan and also spoke about her alcoholism and her son's suicide. I can see why Stephen Stills wrote "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"...and we cover that too! What a refreshing alternative to those who are snooty or reticent, you talk to Judy and you're immediately her friend, you could see hanging out for hours, revealing each other's truth. Judy's already back to doing live gigs and is as vibrant as someone many decades her junior. I LOVED TALKING TO HER! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 01, 2021
Billy F. Gibbons
Legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy F. Gibbons has a new solo album, "Hardware." We discuss its making in the desert as well as Mexican food, hot sauce, automobiles, travel, "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide" and so much more. Billy is quite the raconteur and you'll want to hear him opine on multiple topics, it's like hanging with a good friend! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 24, 2021
Irving Azoff
A man who needs no introduction... Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 17, 2021
Merck Mercuriadis
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
Jun 10, 2021
Brad Stone
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
Jun 03, 2021
Jonathan Taplin
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
May 27, 2021
Shelly Banjo
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
May 20, 2021
Dexter Holland
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
May 13, 2021
Tom Freston
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
May 06, 2021
Jimmy Kimmel
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
Apr 29, 2021
Steve Cropper
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
Apr 22, 2021
Slava Rubin
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: 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
Apr 15, 2021
Dan Penn
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
Apr 08, 2021
Tom Rush
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
Apr 01, 2021
Michael Fremer
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
Mar 25, 2021
Warren Haynes
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
Mar 18, 2021
Ed Bicknell
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
Mar 11, 2021
Harvey Goldsmith
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
Mar 04, 2021
David Fishof
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
Feb 25, 2021
Steven Wilson
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
Feb 18, 2021
Bode Miller
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
Feb 11, 2021
Steve Lillywhite
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
Feb 04, 2021
Brian Wheat
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
Jan 28, 2021
Michael Des Barres
A descendant of royalty, Michael Des Barres has had more record deals than seemingly anybody, from Silverhead to Detective to Chequered Past to solo, as well as acting in "MacGyver" and scores more movies and television shows. Recently a documentary of his life was released, "Michael Des Barres: Who Do You Want Me To Be?" We cover the film and so much more! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 21, 2021
We discuss Mr. DiMucci's early years in the Bronx, getting a record deal, assembling the Belmonts, going on the road, getting on and off drugs, AA, his life in Miami, royalties, his new work and... Dion has been there and back, he's full of insight, AND HE'S STILL MARRIED TO RUNAROUND SUE! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 14, 2021
Todd Rundgren
We cover a lot of ground here. We start with an investigation into Todd's imminent virtual tour, and then move on to such topics as his engineering of "Stage Fright," the recording of "We're an American Band," the rescuing and resuscitation of Badfinger's "Straight Up," the end of Todd's relationship with Albert Grossman, his sale of his "Bat Out of Hell" royalty points to finance his Hawaii estate, the reversion of his rights and... Rundgren's a thinker. You'll not only learn about Todd's career choices, you'll gain insight into your own. A legend speaks! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jan 07, 2021
Christie Tate
Christie Tate is the author of the best seller "Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life." On paper it appears that Christie has it all, she's #1 in her law school class, but her life is a mess. Group therapy unlocks Christie's life, and the result is a fulfilling job, marriage and more, but there are many bumps along the way. Listen to hear details of her journey! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 31, 2020
Jacob Collier
Jacob Collier's "Djesse Vol. 3" was the surprise of the Grammy nominations, landing a spot for Album of the Year. Jacob is fully aware that other artists were excluded, and he is a fan of both the Weeknd and Lady Gaga, but separate yourself from the blowback and Collier's story is both fascinating and inspirational. Only 26, Collier is a digital native who explored Logic and posted a video to YouTube and then all hell broke loose. Hang in there, it's a wild ride. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 24, 2020
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler has a new comedy special on HBO Max, "Evolution." We discuss that, as well as politics, relationships, books, streaming TV and our mutual passion...SKIING! You'll truly get to know the real Chelsea, who seemed as interested in me as I was in her! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 17, 2020
Noel Paul Stookey
Noel Paul Stookey was "Paul" in Peter, Paul & Mary. Listen to Noel tell stories of Greenwich Village in the early sixties, the folk scene, turning Albert Grossman on to Bob Dylan, having hits, being on the road, embracing Christianity and keepin' on keepin' on, writing and performing to this day. Noel is erudite and articulate and it's a thrill to hear him opine on what once was, he was there, and soon this era will be lost to the sands of time. This is a treat. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 10, 2020
Tom Werman
Tom Werman produced hit albums for Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Molly Hatchet, Ted Nugent and Poison and then chucked it all to run a B&B in the Berkshires! Listen to hear how Tom lived up to his parents' expectations, even getting an MBA, before jumping ship for CBS Records and a legendary career in music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Dec 03, 2020
Danny Zelisko
Danny Zelisko has been a concert promoter for nearly fifty years, and except for an interlude working for Live Nation, they've all been spent as an independent. Danny's got a new book, "All Excess," which details his career in words and pictures. Listen to hear how Danny broke into the Phoenix market and established a toehold in Las Vegas, where over the millennium weekend he lost...a million dollars. Loved by all, Danny is vibrant and engaging and still in the game. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 26, 2020
Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling
You know Jackie "The Joke Man" Martling as Howard Stern's old writer/sidekick. Jackie claims to know more jokes than anybody, listen to hear about his journey from yesterday to today, from studying engineering to playing music to doing standup comedy. And he talks about the Stern Show too! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 19, 2020
Bruce Allen
BTO, Loverboy, Bryan Adams, Michael Buble and more...Bruce Allen is a legendary manager who started out booking clubs in Vancouver and fifty years later is just as vital and integral to his acts' careers as ever. Listen to hear how Bruce made it, and about his love of Elvis! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 12, 2020
Dan Wilson
Dan Wilson is a songwriter, perfomer, producer and painter! You know him from Semisonic and "Closing Time" and "Secret Smile" as well as "Someone Like You," which he cowrote with Adele, and "Not Ready to Make Nice," which he cowrote with the (Dixie) Chicks, and many more. Listen for personal history, band stories and songwriting tips! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 05, 2020
Richard Gottehrer
Richard Gottehrer is a songwriter, artist, producer, label owner and tech entrepreneur. "My Boyfriend's Back," "I Want Candy," "Sorrow," Sire Records, Blondie, Robert Gordon, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Marshall Crenshaw, the Go-Go's, the Orchard...need I say more? Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 29, 2020
Miles Copeland
Manager of the Police and Sting, founder of I.R.S. Records, Miles Copeland rode a new sound to financial and cultural impact. Hear how a maverick did it his way and not only broke his acts, but created new ways of getting them recognized. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 22, 2020
Derek Shulman
Derek Shulman was the lead singer of Gentle Giant and as an A&R man he signed Bon Jovi and Cinderella and ultimately he ran the Atco and Roadrunner record labels. Listen to hear how a successful musician made the transition to successful businessman (as well as the details of the recording and breaking of "Slippery When Wet"!) Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 15, 2020
Cousin Brucie
Cousin Brucie is a legendary deejay who was friends with everybody from the Beatles to Lesley Gore. Listen to hear how Brucie retrieved Ringo's St. Christopher medal as well as how he got his start, his name and so much more. Brucie was my gateway drug for music radio. It was a thrill to speak with him! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 08, 2020
Run the Jewels
That's right, Killer Mike and El-P talking about hip-hop, muscle cars, politics, albums, how they got together and get along...dive deep with these raconteurs! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Oct 01, 2020
Jac Holzman
Founder of Elektra Records, Jac Holzman signed acts from Theodore Bikel to Love, the Doors, Queen, Bread, Judy Collins and more and released classical music for the masses on the discount Nonesuch label. Listen to hear how this innovator with an ear built one of the greatest record companies of all time. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 24, 2020
Joe bonamassa
Guitarist extraordinaire Joe Bonamassa opines on his upcoming couch concert from the Ryman on September 20th and also discusses his upbringing, his place in the musical landscape, how he and his manager four wall his shows and at the end we delve deeply into guitar collecting. Self-deprecating yet quick-witted, I could have talked to Joe for hours more. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 17, 2020
Chris Difford
Chris Difford, of Squeeze. We address the formation of the band and its various iterations, but first and foremost we focus on Chris and his life, both personal and musical, his viewpoints, his choices (and his tenure with Bryan Ferry!) You'll feel like you're truly getting to know Chris, and even if you're not a Squeeze fan you'll enjoy hearing what Chris has to say. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 10, 2020
Chuck Morris
Chuck Morris is a Denver legend who started in the club business and then went on to work for Barry Fey, Live Nation and AEG Presents. He also managed the Dirt Band and Big Head Todd & the Monsters. In addition to his emeritus status at AEG, Chuck is the Chairman of the newly-created Music Business Department at Colorado State University. Chuck is a fount of energy and wisdom, here he opines about today's concert landscape, his history and the details of the new CSU program. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Sep 03, 2020
Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally
Jimmy Buffett and Mac McAnally in conversation together! I guarantee you even the most hard core fan will learn things they did not know before. We go deep into each man's history, how Mac ended up joining the Coral Reefer Band, and also focus on their respective new albums. It's a treat! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 27, 2020
Lawrence Lessig
Lawrence Lessig is one of America's preeminent legal scholars, a law professor at Harvard, he also ran for president in 2016. Listen as we address the legal issues surrounding the presidential election, social media and antitrust. This is up-to-date legal analysis that is a must listen! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 20, 2020
Maria Konnikova
Maria Konnikova is the author of the new bestseller "The Biggest Bluff: How I Learned to Pay Attention, Master Myself, and Win." A Ph.D. psychologist/staff writer at "The New Yorker," Konnikova decides to tackle poker, a game she doesn't even know how to play, because it's a metaphor for life and she wants to investigate luck. Listen to gain insight into poker as well as game theory and the ins and outs of the poker circuit. I've never played poker and I loved "The Biggest Bluff." I believe you'll love what Maria Konnikova has to say in this podcast. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 13, 2020
Jaan Uhelszki
Jaan Uhelszki was senior editor at "Creem" and is the co-writer of the new documentary on the legendary music magazine. Listen to hear tales of Lester Bangs, her appearance on stage with KISS, how Ronnie Van Zant predicted his death and how Cameron Crowe inspired the arc of the film. Jaan's got stories, and she tells them! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 06, 2020
Don Passman
Attorney Don Passman literally wrote the book on the music business: "All You Need to Know About the Music Business." Here we delve deeply into today's deal landscape, as well as Don's story, how he got to be one of the foremost lawyers in the music business. If you want to know about record deals, and publishing deals, and 360 deals and touring deals...this is the place! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 30, 2020
Harlan Coben
Harlan Coben's latest book, "The Boy From The Woods," entered the "New York Times" best seller chart at #1 in April. His breakthrough, "Tell No One," was made into a Top Ten-listed film, and presently Coben has four successful series on Netflix: "The Five," "Safe," "The Stranger" and "The Woods." Listen as Coben lays down the truth of the writing life, and the long hard road to getting film and television projects into production. Despite spending his days writing, Coben is a great conversationalist whose words are laden with insight. Listen. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 23, 2020
Marc Geiger
Former worldwide head of music at WME, Marc Geiger has history as an agent, a record company executive and a tech founder. Known as a seer, here Marc dives into the inner workings of the agency business and assesses the concert landscape. Listen for insights into the music industry as well as Geiger's history, from UCSD to Hollywood. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 16, 2020
Peter Rudge
Peter Rudge started out with the Who, and then went on to manage the Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more. Tune in to hear what it's like at the pinnacle of rock and roll. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jul 09, 2020
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 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
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Aug 22, 2019
Grace Slick
A women who needs no introduction... Learn more about your ad-choices at
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at
Jun 27, 2019
Agent for both Social Distortion and Brian Wilson, learn how to make it in this crazy business called music. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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! Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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!) Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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’”. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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? Learn more about your ad-choices at
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 Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at
Nov 21, 2017