The Bob Lefsetz Podcast

The Bob Lefsetz Podcast

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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.


Pete Tong
Jan 16 • 102 min
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…
Dave Mason
Jan 9 • 63 min
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…
Jamie Kitman
Jan 2 • 94 min
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,”…
Holly George-Warren
Dec 26, 2019 • 80 min
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…
Lee Abrams
Dec 19, 2019 • 104 min
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…
MicK Jones
Dec 12, 2019 • 106 min
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…
Tom Corson
Dec 5, 2019 • 92 min
Tom Corson is the co-chairman and chief operating officer of Warner Records. Listen… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Adam Alpert
Nov 28, 2019 • 105 min
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…
Peter Garrett
Nov 21, 2019 • 91 min
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…
Alan Hamel
Nov 14, 2019 • 103 min
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Richard Griffiths
Nov 7, 2019 • 83 min
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…
Bill Curbishley
Oct 31, 2019 • 116 min
The manager of The Who, Judas Priest and…need I say more? Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Whitney Cummings
Oct 24, 2019 • 126 min
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…
Peter Paterno
Oct 17, 2019 • 98 min
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…
Ron Stone
Oct 10, 2019 • 98 min
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…
Phil Carson
Oct 3, 2019 • 119 min
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…
Michael Feinstein
Sep 26, 2019 • 99 min
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,…
Ahmet Zappa
Sep 19, 2019 • 89 min
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…
Ken Kragen
Sep 12, 2019 • 114 min
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…
Harold Bronson
Sep 5, 2019 • 95 min
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,…
Joel Selvin
Aug 29, 2019 • 91 min
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,…
A Tribute To Jerry Weintraub Live
Aug 22, 2019 • 71 min
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…
Grace Slick
Aug 15, 2019 • 94 min
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Danny Kortchmar
Aug 8, 2019 • 95 min
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 and…co-producer for Don Henley, Danny came up with the sound of “Dirty Laundry,” and…yup,…
George Drakoulias
Aug 1, 2019 • 125 min
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…
Dave Koz
Jul 25, 2019 • 95 min
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…
Tom Bailey
Jul 18, 2019 • 76 min
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…
Morgan Neville
Jul 11, 2019 • 81 min
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…
America
Jul 4, 2019 • 94 min
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…
Peter Noone
Jun 27, 2019 • 106 min
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…
ANDY SOMERS
Jun 20, 2019 • 81 min
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 https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers
Karla Bonoff
Jun 13, 2019 • 78 min
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…
Dean Torrence
Jun 6, 2019 • 123 min
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…
Linda Perry
May 30, 2019 • 90 min
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…
Andy Slater
May 23, 2019 • 112 min
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…
Winky Fairorth
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…
John Meglen
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. Learn more about your…
Jack Douglas
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. Learn more about your ad-choices at…
Stephen Marcussen
Apr 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.…
Jeff Garlin
Apr 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…
Billy Bragg
Apr 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…
Capitol Congress
Sep 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…
Tom Johnston
Sep 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…
Danny Goldberg
Sep 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…
Randy Bachman
Aug 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…
Seymour Stein
Aug 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…
Kaskade
Aug 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…
Jim McCarthy
Aug 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…
Jerry Greenberg
Jul 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…
Waddy Wachtel
Jul 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…
Jake Gold
Jul 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…
Troy Carter
Jul 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…
Bryan Fogel
Jul 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…
Steve Boom
Jun 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…
Rob Glaser
Jun 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…
Paul Rodgers
Jun 12, 2018 • 105 min
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…
Daniel Glass
Jun 5, 2018 • 83 min
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…
Kenny Aronoff
May 28, 2018 • 98 min
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…
Ethiopia Habtemariam
May 22, 2018 • 96 min
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…
Gilberto Gil
May 15, 2018 • 79 min
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…
Moby
May 8, 2018 • 66 min
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…
Shep Gordon
May 1, 2018 • 104 min
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,…
Giles Martin
Apr 24, 2018 • 92 min
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…
Kendall Ostrow
Apr 17, 2018 • 75 min
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,…
Shirley Manson
Apr 10, 2018 • 201 min
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…
John Dick
Apr 3, 2018 • 67 min
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…
Moe Shalizi
Mar 27, 2018 • 78 min
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…
Lyor Cohen
Mar 20, 2018 • 92 min
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,…
Nancy Wilson
Mar 13, 2018 • 91 min
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…
Chris Zarou
Mar 6, 2018 • 85 min
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…
Rick Mueller
Feb 27, 2018 • 97 min
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…
Jake Gold
Feb 20, 2018 • 76 min
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…
Jim Guerinot
Feb 13, 2018 • 87 min
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…
Jason Flom
Feb 6, 2018 • 102 min
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,…
Peter Asher
Jan 30, 2018 • 104 min
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…
Andrew Loog Oldham
Jan 23, 2018 • 140 min
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…
Tony Hawk
Jan 16, 2018 • 88 min
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…
John Boyle Part 2
Jan 9, 2018 • 72 min
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.…
Eric Bazilian
Dec 19, 2017 • 54 min
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…
Diane Warren
Dec 12, 2017 • 62 min
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…
Nathan Hubbard
Dec 5, 2017 • 89 min
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…
John Boyle
Nov 28, 2017 • 65 min
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…
Trailer
Nov 21, 2017 • 5 min
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…