The Bob Lefsetz Podcast

The Bob Lefsetz Podcast

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.... Show More

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May 16, 2019 64 min

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.

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May 9, 2019 88 min

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.

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May 2, 2019 85 min

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.

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April 25, 2019 67 min

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.

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April 18, 2019 98 min

Murray Goldberg, Larry David's manager Jeff...you 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.

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April 11, 2019 77 min

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!)

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September 18, 2018 17 min

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.

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September 11, 2018 101 min

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 ultima... Read more

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September 4, 2018 129 min

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 m... Read more

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August 28, 2018 116 min

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 ... Read more

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August 21, 2018 103 min

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... Read more

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August 14, 2018 103 min

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 elec... Read more

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August 7, 2018 87 min

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... Read more

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July 31, 2018 83 min

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 - M... Read more

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July 24, 2018 136 min

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... Read more

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July 17, 2018 86 min

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.

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July 10, 2018 232 min

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 Ph... Read more

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July 3, 2018 113 min

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 ... Read more

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June 26, 2018 82 min

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... Read more

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June 19, 2018 99 min

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 18:0... Read more

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