Friday, November 04, 2005

Don't you forget about me

Howie Klein, mentioned in the last post about Gen. Clark's World Tour appearance here in LA, emailed me to let me know that I had inadventently done him a disservice. In that post, I had mistakenly said that Howie wasn't a blogger, and nothimg could be further from the truth.

Down With Tyranny
is Howie's blog, and it's some damn fine writing. He is smart, well spoken and well written, and has a ton of insight into politics, and the entertainment biz, that I find fascinating.

Here's part of a bio from EWorldPress:

Like many in the music business, Klein got his start booking bands while a student at SUNY Stony Brook in the late 1960s. However, unlike most young student talent buyers, he booked the entire gamut of the psychedelic era's top artists including Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, The Who and Pink Floyd. Klein eventually relocated to San Francisco where, in addition to co-founding the nation's first FM punk radio show (The Outcaste Hour on KSAN), he also started 415 Records. He has been a cornerstone presence in the record industry ever since applying his trademark focus on "long-term artist development" at Columbia, Sire and eventually Reprise Records.

Klein's last official post in the music industry was as president of Reprise, the AOL / Time Warner label that is home to such marquee artists as Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Lou Reed and Green Day. Having found that his focus on the long term artist had become antithetical to an overly commercialized record industry, Klein had since moved on to education, public speaking, and devoting more time to progressive political activism.

Welcome to the world of blogging, Howie. Kick out the jams.