Martin Nolan & Darren Julien auction Michael Jordan's basketball for $294,000.

Industry Profile: Darren Julien

— By Larry LeBlanc (CelebrityAccess MediaWire)

This week In the Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc: Darren Julien, president/CEO, Julien's Auctions.

As a kid growing up in Indiana, Darren Julienís grandfather would take him to estate auctions on the weekends.

As a result, he became fascinated with the auction world.

While he was in his 20s, Julien became a licensed auctioneer, and sold classic cars at auctions in various mid-west cities. Before these auctions, heíd sell entertainment memorabilia that would generate considerable excitement among the car buyers.

As president/CEO of Julien's Auctions in Culver City, California, the 41-year-old now heads a top-flight entertainment auction business specializing in entertainment memorabilia, and celebrity estate auctions. This also includes selling jewelry, fine and decorative arts, and other high-end property.

In the past decade, Julien's has conducted co-branded auctions with Sotheby's and Christie's. It has held auctions for the collections of U2, Cher, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, and Debbie Reynolds as well as the estates of Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, and Mary Pickford.

In recent months, the company has held public exhibitions in Tokyo, Santiago, and Macau, China.

In 2005, Julien's sold over 200 personal possessions of Marilyn Monroe.

In 2006, Julien's partnered with Sotheby's to conduct an auction of property owned by Cher. It featured costumes, jewelry, art, furniture, cars and memorabilia. The auction had 3,500 bidders with customers buying on the phone, online and in person. Total sales topped $3.5 million.

In 2007, Julien's conducted the largest multi-consignor sale to date for rock and roll memorabilia to benefit Music Rising, a charity that replaced musical equipment lost or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina for Louisiana musicians. The auction featured 196 items. One of its highlights was a Jimi Hendrix' studio guitar that sold for $480,000.

The next year, Julienís held another Music Rising benefit auction. U2ís The Edge donated many personal items, as did his fellow band members. Possessions of Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash were also auctioned off.

Among the highlights of the two Music Rising benefit auctions were:

George Harrison's Gibson SG guitar from 1966-1969: Sold for $560,000.
George Harrison's Rosewood Telecaster guitar played at an impromptu Beatle concert on the roof of their Savile Row Apple Corps headquarters the afternoon of January 30, 1969: Sold for $460,000.
U2's The Edge's Gibson Les Paul: Sold for $288,000.
Bono's Green Gretsch Guitar: Sold for $220,000.
Elvis Presley's Country Gentleman Gretsch Guitar: Sold for $180,000.

In 2008, Julien worked for more than six months with Michael Jackson and his representatives, preparing for an auction of Jacksonís personal collection and the contents of Neverland Ranch, that was slated for April, 2009.

The auction was to include a customized Rolls-Royce, costumes, memorabilia, art, custom furnishings, and the entry gates to the Neverland Ranch. The auction catalog alone was to sell for $100, with a planned limited signed edition to be made available for $500. The event never happened.

Jackson apparently had a change of heart about selling his possessions. In March 4, 2009, in spite of a signed contract entitling Julienís to conduct the event, the iconic entertainer canceled the auction. Julien had spent $2 million preparing the sale, and the exhibit.

In 2009, Julienís auctioned more than 400 lots from Barbra Streisand's personal collection, including paintings, furniture and decorative works of art, memorabilia and costumes from television, live concerts and personal appearances.

On October 9, 2010 Julienís held the ďLegends AuctionĒ at the Ponte 16 Resort Hotel in Macau, China. Over 435 auction items were sold during this 11 hour auction that netted $3.2 million.

More than 10,000 bidders from around the world participated, competing fiercely against bidders from Asia, especially Japan. Many bidders joined the auction through absentee bidding, online platforms or bidding over the telephone.

Bruce Lee's "Game of Death" shoes sold to an American bidder for $12,500; Michael Jackson's black glove, and arm brace also sold to a U.S. bidder, for $216,000; a burgundy velvet ball gown once owned by Princess Diana sold for $114,000; and a Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan-signed basketball sold for $294,000.

Julien's Auctions is administering an auction of Johnny Cash's guitars, costumes, handwritten lyrics and personal belongings on Dec. 5, 2010. A portion of the proceeds will benefit MusiCares, the Recording Industry Association of AmericaíS charity for musicians in need. Up for sale are the embroidered blue jumpsuit Cash wore to rehearse for his infamous performance at San Quentin State Prison along with vintage guitars, a harmonica, Cash's passport and briefcase, and handwritten lyrics, notes and poems.

How was the Macau auction?

It was very good. We have been in Asia doing exhibitions for about 5 years. This is the first auction that we have done there. We knew that it would be successful just because our clientele is global. It really didnít matter where we had the auction. But in Asia, they are very timid about the auction process, especially the Japanese. They donít understand bidding against somebody else. It is almost considered to be rude. So it has been educating people there. But we harvested a lot of new clients there. Over the next 10 years, we hope to build that market there for ourselves.

In Asia, losing a bid would be considered loss of face.

In public, that is exactly right. If (Asians) are in public, they want to win. But they are also not as much about the ego as those (bidders) in the Western culture are. If we do an auction in New York City or here, in Los Angeles, a lot of clients, because the camera is in their face, donít want to be seen publicly losing. So, they will keep bidding. Whereas in Asia, they donít like to flaunt (their wealth) as much.

Was this the first time youíve held an event in China?

Yes. We have done exhibitions in Japan - in Tokyo, and Okinawa. Macau is part of mainland China, but it is outside of Hong Kong. Itís really hard to do business (in Asia), especially in mainland China. It is a Communist country. Hong Kong is a lot easier but we were doing it in China itself. We got government approval because of the partners we had there. It wasnít an easy process to set up, but we were approved by the government to conduct business.

[Macau, along with Hong Kong, is one of China's two special administrative regions. It was established as a special administrative region in 1999. It lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong province to the north, and facing the South China Sea to the east and south. The region was a Portuguese colony, both the first and last European colony in China.]

Why do the auction in Macau when it would have been easier to do in Hong Kong?

The main reason was because of our sponsor, the Ponte 16 Resort Hotel, which is one of the casinos operated by Stanley Ho in Macau. They wanted us to do it there because they want to drive tourism to Macau. The government asked them to come up with other creative ways to bring people into Macau, outside of gambling. The clients from Hong Kong that were interested still made the trip over.

[Stanley Ho, a famous industrialist and entrepreneur in Asia, is nicknamed "The King of Gambling,Ē reflecting the government-granted monopoly he has held with Macauís gambling industry for over 35 years.]

Whether associated with a film or branded entertainment like music, American culture has had an impact worldwide.

Western pop culture is popular all over the world, especially icons like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson. Really, to be collectible you have to be a celebrity that transcends all continents to dive into that massive collector base. I donít know exactly what it is with the fascination with Western popular culture, but it is something that, especially in Asia, they are just starting to realize that they can collect these things.

There have always been Western film and TV shows in Asia, but thereís been greater fascination with Western music celebrities following the launch of MTV Asia in 1992.

But, thereís always been a fascination there. Itís funny, but when we do exhibitions outside of the United States, we get thousands of people that come, especially in Japan. Whereas, when we do them in the States, we may get several hundred (people) in a day. I think that the reason (for the difference) is that in the States we are somewhat jaded. We are a celebrity-based society. We want to see the celebrities, we donít want to see their things.

Whereas over there, they donít necessarily get the celebrities like we do here and (buying an item at auction) is a way for them to identify with the celebrity. It is like them getting a piece of the celebrity.

We have really worked to harvest the collector investment side of the business. These items continue to increase in value like a (Claude) Monet, or any fine painting or fine decorative art. It is a way for investors to diversify their portfolio. They also buy something that reminds them of their childhood or a part of history and they can have it on display at their office. They can enjoy it. Five or ten years down the road, in most cases, they can sell it, and more than double their money. So this has really become not just a fascination with fans and collectors but among investors, especially the rock and roll side of (the business) has really taken off.

Who are the principals in Julienís Auctions?

Myself and Martin Nolan. His background is Wall Street. I get up in the morning and I check Google to see how many times our name is listed. He gets up and checks bank accounts.

How old is the company?

Ten years old.

Martin wasnít part of the company when you began.

We met in 2004 in New York, when the company was doing one of the sales at Christieís. We had done a sale of Madonna early on; we did the (Jerry) Seinfeld auction. Everybody viewed our company as that we must be making a lot of money because we were doing these sales at Christieís. Martin came to me about investing my portfolio. Little did he know that on the outside, (the company) looked great, but I have a habit of spending everything I make. I want to make (auctions) bigger and better. I am more of an entrepreneur, and a showman. I donít care about the money side. I only care about it so I can stay in business. So when we do these exhibitions, Martin says that we can do them, but that we have to find a sponsor.

How many people work for the company?

We have 10 on staff, when we do an auction it requires about 25 people. We have what we call our ďAuction Mafia.Ē Thatís my familyómy parents, my sisters. They get a free trip, and we get free competent labor.

Do celebrities and bidders find out about your company through word-of-mouth?

Yes. We have developed a reputation within this industry so that celebrities and collectors come to us, and we are on (NBCís) ďToday ShowĒ a lot. We can also always tell when we get a news spike. This recent auction was heavily publicized because we had the Michael Jackson/Michael Jordan signed basketball that sold for $294,000. That was all over the news.

Itís interesting that you consider yourself more of a marketer than an auctioneer.

I like the marketing side of the business. When the press calls come in, and Iím doing 50 to 100 interviews a day, thatís what I work for, I really enjoy that. I have become more (media) savvy over the years. We used to hire a PR agency, but I realized nobody could market the auctions better than me because I have a vested interest. We are kind of like a PR company ourselves. We have a lot of good relationships with the press.

Whatís the immediate result of a media blitz on your activities?

We get inundated with emails from people saying that they have this or that and asking what is it worth.

You donít buy anything. Your business is all consignment?

Thatís right. Once in awhile, we will buy at another auction if we feel that we can sell something for more. But these collections of celebrities, they are consigned to us, they arenít owned by us; we feel that would be a conflict of interest.

What percentage fee does the company charge?

We take 20%, and itís inclusive. We cover the costs of insurance, transportation, shipping, marketing, and the printing of the catalog. We donít require any money upfront. If (an item sells for) $1 million, the celebrity or the estate gets $800,000, and we get $200,000.

Are some celebrities reaching the age of, ďHow long do I hang onto this stuff?Ē Or, ďI need to simplify my life.Ē

Yeah. Everybody gets to that point, especially at that level where they just keep collecting. Some people have warehouses full. Usually, it's furniture and jewelry and they get gifts. Many times (selling is) a cleansing for them. So, they are able to not only simplify their life, but they are also often able to help a good cause or a charity.

Most of these celebrities donít do auctions because they need the money; they do it because they want to simplify their life, or they want to benefit a good cause that is important to them. A lot of times, because they owned something and it was in their house, it is going to bring a lot more money than what they paid for it because it was part of their life or career.

Why the sudden popularity of rock and roll memorabilia? Sothebyís and Christieís used to have infrequent music-related auctions. But with Jimi Hendrix' studio guitar selling for $480,000, there are obviously boomers out there with American Express Centurion cards.

That is exactly right. As well, everybody wants to be a rock star, more so than they want to be a Hollywood actor. Rock and roll, for whatever reason, has become a lot more collectible. I think that a lot of it has to do with the availability of Hollywood memorabilia now. The market has really been flooded with eBay, and the studios are selling things off. You can start off (buying something) with a dollar.

Rock and roll has not had that level of saturation, and there are not as many items. You know that when a band like the Rolling Stones go out on tour, they use the same guitars, they use the same clothes. They may have multiples of them, but they use the same clothes over and over. In a film, an actor may have 30 costume changes. Then, there are all of the supporting actors. With rock and roll, you are limited to the amount of property available. Plus, a lot of the legendary rock artists donít let go of their things very easily. So, there are not as many rock and roll items out there, as what there is from Hollywood. The main thing is the over saturation of (Hollywood items on) eBay.

Who are you competing against for the rock and roll items?

On the rock and roll side, we really donít have any competitors. The closest would be Christieís but they just shut down their New York (Rock and Pop Memorabilia) department. They still do such auctions in their London office.

If you assign something to Christieís or another auction house, you are just basically consigning it, and they are going to sell it at their scheduled auctions. What we do is that we give (sellers) an event. We tour the items around the world, and we hold our auctions at creative places. Like the Hard Rock Cafť in Times Square where we held the two Music Rising auctions that we did with The Edge from U2.

With the two Music Rising auctions, Gibson Guitar was onboard as a sponsor.

We realize that it is important that we identify sponsors that are a good fit for a collection or for the celebrity. You create more of an event out of it rather than just a boring auction. Gibson Guitar is a great partner, especially if we are selling (something by) a Gibson artist; thereís a natural tie-in. With sponsors, we can then do more marketing-wise. We can go to companies like Gibson and the Hard Rock and say, ďCan you use some of your marketing dollars to sponsor this? We will put on an auction and make it a world-class event. We will tour the highlights to the various Hard Rocks in London, Japan and wherever.Ē Then the sponsors get a lot out of (the auction). They get the marketing; and we and the celebrity, get more as well, because the items sell for more because of doing more marketing and promotion. Again, this is rather than just putting it into a scheduled boring auction that takes place the same time every year.

You have had auctions of Cher and Barbra Streisandóbig starsóbut did anything prepare you for the glare of publicity of working with Michael Jackson? Doing the auction, then not doing it.

That one was a bit more overwhelming than any other. We knew what we were dealing with when we started with Michael Jackson. Thatís why we made sure we had a good contract. We have always had great respect for him, heís also someone who we have worked with through the past 10 years. He had been a client, heíd bought items from us.

It was Tohme Tohme who first contacted you about a Michael Jackson sale?

Well, yeah, because of Michael. Michael had said that if anyone was going to come to Neverland (for a sale) that he wanted it to be us because he trusted us.

[Tohme Tohme served as Michael Jacksonís adviser and confidant in the final years of his life.]

Michael Jackson had abandoned the Neverland Ranch by 2005.

Thatís right. I canít talk to you too much about it, but if we had been allowed to talk directly with Michael as we always had (previously), we would never have had some of the issues that we did have. We were told that Michael had approved everything.

You were asked by Michaelís advisors to take down the chandelier and light switches at Neverland to sell them, but you refused to do that.

We did. Had Michael asked us to do thatÖ. But, it was a request to take down items that really had no value. It is our job to protect the celebrity too. We just donít make (auctions) look like a garage sale, we want it to be a respectable sale. So, some of the things that we were asked to do were things that wouldnít have helped the integrity of the sale or the reputation of Michael.

[The Neverland Ranch gates required Julien's Auctions to rent a crane. It took 10 workers to remove it. The most difficult item to remove was the Sega R-360 machine in the game room. The company had to take out a wall in order to remove it from the building.]

Michael pulled out of the sale. Was he justified in thinking he hadnít given full approval? Or was this an artist changing their mind?

I think it was a little bit of both. I think that once he made his announcement that he was going to go on tour, he realized that he didnít have to sell these things after all. But, his instructions were to work (things) out with us. Michael did not file a lawsuit against us.

[Michael Jackson had been booked to perform 50 shows during his residency at 02 in London. The shows were scheduled to begin in July, 2009 and continue through to March, 2010. However, he died June 25, 2009 after suffering a cardiac arrest.]

Have you since worked with Michael Jackson's estate?

We have not sold anything for the estate. But, because we were on very good terms with Michael when he died, we remain on very good terms with the estate and with (Michaelís mother) Katherine. That is very important to us.

Your company sold the rhinestone-studded glove that Michael wore on the Motown 25th TV special in 1983.

Everything that we have sold to date have been items that Michael gave to fans or to other people. That was something we did last year (2009). We sold it for $420,000 and it went to a client in China.

You have done co-branded shows with Christieís and Sothebyís. How does that work? Do you bring items to them or do you create events with them?

We create different events with them. We have worked with both. It was good for us because they have both been around for nearly 300 years. They are very prestigious, and have great reputations as companies. It was a good association for us. The problem was that when we have done sales co-branded with them we are sometimes restricted in the marketing that we can do. But, on a couple of occasions, they were open to our ideas and our marketing.

What shows did you work with them on?

With Sothebyís, we did Cher, and Johnny Cash. We did (fashion designer) Bob Mackie with Christieís, and we did a general consignment sale with Christieís. But, we have realized that we get more money on sales on our own because we are not restricted in the marketing.

Why did you initially need each other?

It was two-fold. Both companies have either cut or dismantled their collectiblesí departments. A few sales they wanted to do with us because they didn't have a department anymore; they needed to rely on our expertise. Secondly, some of the sales, Cher, for example, were somebody who we had a very close relationship with. Sothebyís wouldnít have gotten that (Cher) collection (in 2006) or wouldnít have been involved if it wasnít for our relationship with her. The reason we did it with Sothebyís was Cher had a lot of old master paintings. So it was a good fit.

Was the Cher show in 2006 a watershed for your company?

Yeah, it was, and it proved to be very successful. It made it so that we now can go outside the realm of (selling) just memorabilia. If a celebrity has fine or decorative art or cars we can get into those areas too, because we have the collector base for it now. We now have the expertise to be able to catalog, and do all these things. We learned a lot from Sothebyís, especially, in the early years when we were starting up. We were able to utilize a lot of their expertise, and learn from them how to put together a fine and decorative art auction. We can do those auctions on our own now.

Why did Cher come to you?

Because we had known Cher for a long time; we have sold stuff for her over the years, and we have a relationship. She knew that if she just did a sale directly with Sothebyís or Christieís she wouldnít have much control. She knew that if she did it with us, that we would let her approve the catalog and she would be right there for every step of the way.

Many of these celebrities, like Barbra Streisand or Cher, they are perfectionists. They donít like people telling them how it is going to be done. They like to have a say in what they are doing. We give control to the celebrity where other auction houses canít or wonít do that. Big auction houses like Sothebyís or Christieís donít have the flexibility to be able to constantly meet with the celebrity, and get their feedback or approval.

Does it help that your name is the company and celebrities may identify you as a fan? At a bigger auction house, they might deal with 15 people, and only a couple will be fans.

Yeah, thatís exactly right. As Martin says, ďMr. Sotheby or Mr. Christie arenít alive anymore.Ē A lot of the time, a celebrity feels like they are dealing with the top dog here, sort to speak. That is important to them. At Sothebyís or Christieís, they may work with one person to start out with but, two months later, that person may not be there.

But, you are often a fan.

Yes, but thank God for Google because a lot of the time we get contacted by a celebrity, and we donít know a lot about them or what their history is. Somebody like Cher, obviously, yeah we are fans. You have to be. You have to have knowledge as to (a celebrityís) life and career, and what they have accomplished. Without that, you canít put together a proper marketing plan that is going to properly promote them to their fan base.

Why did the Barbra Streisand auction in 2009 take three years to organize?

We did a sale for her in 2003 of just memorabilia. Barbra, like a lot of celebrities, uses us as a storage facility. As (celebrities) are going through their things or getting rid of things, they will send it to us knowing that down the road they are going to do another auction. Barbra kept accumulating things, and when the time was right, she said, ďWell, Iím ready to do another auction. I really want to raise money for my foundation.Ē That was the main reason.

[The net proceeds of the Barbra Streisand auction went to The Streisand Foundation to be distributed to causes it supports.]

What kind of storage facility do you have?

We own a large facility in Culver City; it is about 10,000 square feet. We have warehousing, and offices here. We donít publicize the address. When you look on our website, you will only see our P.O. Box. At the other location that we had before, we would have fans show up. They would think that celebrities would just come in, and start working with us. We deal with millions of dollars worth of property. Itís a very secure area; we have a security system, armed gates, cameras, everything. You have to have all this because these arenít our belongings, they are owned by somebody else. We make sure that everything is properly protected. We donít hold auctions here.

Do you own your own trucks?

We just have one box truck that we pick up items with. When it comes to the fine art or furniture pickups, we have a fine art moving company that we use.

The insurance for the storage as well as the exhibitions and auctions must be huge.

Our insurance is a pretty hefty part of our budget, and our expenses every year. It is a separate policy for when we tour the item, and a sub-policy when items are here. It is, basically, a finite policy. Everything is treated as a one-of-a-kind item, which is what they are.

How is a potential claim over authenticity handled?

Well, it would be against us. We have to be licensed, and bonded. Also with our expertise, we have to make sure that we do due diligence (on any item).

Is authenticating memorabilia or establishing its ownership difficult?

It is. In this business, if you have any question, you reject it. When itís something from a celebrity, you give the history of where it came from, or it is part of their collection. When itís a multi-consignor auction, if you donít know 100% that it's real, you donít bring it in. You have to know the history of where (an item) came from. You identify it in photographs. If itís a guitar, you identify the markings when photographs are available or you assign something of a story to it. We have a Duane Allman guitar that we are selling at an upcoming auction. It came from somebody who used to work at Gibson that worked with the Allman Brothers. It is really important to make sure that were know the provenance or history of what something is, otherwise, you canít sell it.

We get thousands of items a year that we reject. People send us email images of something, and they are trying to tell a story (of its origins). At the end of the day, our reputation is at stake if we bring something in, and itís not right.

Is determining clear ownership a factor?

Yeah, thatís part of it. But, in the contract, the consigner is saying that they have clear title. That doesnít mean that you donít get challenged at times. If you do get challenged, the side that is challenging has to show that they own the item or that there is a police report that it was stolen. We are very skeptical if someone comes to us, and says, ďI want to sell this privately. I donít want anyone to know that it is being sold.Ē It is usually a red flag if you donít want to let it be known that something is being sold.

Is counterfeiting of memorabilia an issue today?

Yes. Very much so. In fact, Michael Jackson is one of the most highly counterfeited persons because we are selling his items for record prices. The F.B.I. is doing a very good job at trying to keep (counterfeiting) down. There have been some forgery rings that have been busted. But, it is definitely a market thatÖitís something that we are trying to protect. Thatís why the provenance and history is so important. You want to make sure that you buy something from someone who has a good reputation.

What gives people a bad taste about this industry is that they see something on eBay, and they read the claim that John Lennon used something. They buy it, and they realize that they just spent $10,000 or $20,000 on something that is not real. Thatís what hurts this industry more than anything else. Once you have that type of experience, you donít want to trust anybody else, and you donít want to buy anything else again.

Thereís enough business out there for 10 Julienís Auctions to be in business. But, unfortunately, not every auction house has the integrity that Christieís, Sotheby's or we have. We are even protecting the history of these items by documenting them in a catalog.

Many entertainers wonít sign anything today. They know it will up on eBay.

I think thatís healthy in a way, because it limits whatís out there. Itís smart that (entertainers) do that, in some cases, because it keeps their value up. Michael Jackson did sign a lot, but his fan base is so massive that prices still continue to go up in value. But, it is smart, in a lot of cases, for a celebrity, because (memorabilia) reaches a certain level of saturation. Itís like anything else, the more that is out there, the less value it has.

Your grandfather used to take you to auctions as a kid growing up in Indiana.

All the time. My grandfather and father owned granaries in Indiana, in Shipshewana and Topeka. I lived in Howe growing up, there was a livestock auction across from one of my dadís stores, and I used to love to go and listen to the (auctioneers) chant. Thatís where I got fascinated (with auctions). Everybody loves a good auction. Itís fun to see the competitive side. It can be exciting. I went to auctioneer school when I got out of high school, I didnít go to college.

How long was the auctioneer course?

It was a two week course. It was pretty intense, but nothing prepares you (to be an auctioneer) other than on-the-job training. The auction classes really just gave me the terminology, and how to be able to call bids. Things like that. It didnít prepare me for the auction. That is something I got over the years from going to auctions, participating in, and bid calling auctions myself.

After auction school did you start selling cars?

No. I had worked in the auction business before I went to auction school. I did that for about three years in Indiana before I went to the school. Then I realized that I did want to bid call. But I was more fascinated with the marketing side of (the business) than the auction side.

Were you selling celebrity memorabilia in Indiana?

To open the car auctions, we would. But it was at a different level. It was more signed items, signed Muhammad Ali robes and things like that. I was more fascinated by the memorabilia than selling cars.

What was the first big city auction you went to?

A Sothebyís auction in New York City in 1998. They were talking to me about me moving to California to work for them.

What impressed you about the auction?

It was so different than what I was used to. They did more of the gallery style auctioneering. It is more professional than what I grew up with.

So, what I learned from Sothebyís, I took along with what I learned from my days in Indiana selling cars to make Julien's Auctions. What I mean by that is that we make our events (actual) events that anybody and everybody feels that they can come to. Like you could with a local estate auction or whatever.

A lot of people are intimated by the Sothebyís or Christieís auctions. What we took from them was their level of professionalism. Our auctions are gallery style calling. Itís not the fast bid talking. We are in suits, we run a first class operation when we conduct an auction. But, we make it friendly and make sure it is something that speaks to everybody; so they can feel like they can participate. So when we are in the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, and there are 8,000 people in the room, itís loud and exciting, everybody is cheering. When itís an auction in Beverly Hills, which we did with (an auction for) Bob Hope, it is more refined and more calm. We tailor the auction around what the celebrity is.

How did you come to be talking with someone at Sothebyís for a job in 1999?

It was because I had had a relationship with Johnny Cash. I had sold some cars for him. Sothebyís wanted that (car) auction some day. So I started talking to them, and I went to New York several times for meetings. They had started Sothebyís dot com when the whole dot com thing was big. They made me an offer to move Los Angeles, acquire (car) collections, and help build their dot com. So I moved out to Los Angeles.

A year later, Christie's and Sotheby's got in trouble for price fixing.

Sothebyís got rid of their collectibles department and they bought me out of my contract. Then, I made several proposals to them (to sell collectibles) because I wanted to stay in the business. They didnít really take them seriously, they shot down my first three proposals. I was very persistent and kept going back saying, ďYou donít have the staff anymore to handle this. I will set up a separate company which will also take on any liability.Ē Finally, Sothebyís agreed. To this day, they refer all of their collectibles to us.

[In 2000, allegations surfaced of a price-fixing arrangement between Christie's and Sotheby's. Executives from Christie's subsequently alerted the Department of Justice of their suspicions of commission-fixing collusion. Christie's gained immunity from prosecution after a longtime employee confessed and cooperated with the F.B.I. Numerous members of Sotheby's senior management were fired soon thereafter. A. Alfred Taubman, the largest shareholder of Sotheby's, and Dede Brooks (its CEO) were given jail sentences. There was also a civil lawsuit settlement by the two auction houses for $512 million.]

What was the first celebrity sale you were part of?

When I moved out to California, the first collection that I sold was with (actress) Jane Withers. She had some Marilyn Monroe items. Jane Withers was ďJosephine the Plumber" (in a series of TV commercials for Comet cleanser in the 1960s and early 1970s). She was in the 1934 Shirley Temple film ďBright EyesĒ as child. She was someone I became friends with because I sold her car. I also got to know Larry Hagman, and Jay Leno because I sold their cars. Thatís how I got into the celebrity side of the auction business in the late Ď90s.

What entertainer is on your personal want list?

I would like to do a sale with Paul McCartney.

Larry LeBlanc is widely recognized as one of the leading music industry journalists in the world. Before joining CelebrityAccess in 2008 as senior editor, he was the Canadian bureau chief of Billboard from 1991-2007 and Canadian editor of Record World from 1970-89. He was also a co-founder of the late Canadian music trade, The Record. He has been quoted on music industry issues in hundreds of publications including Time, Forbes, the London Times and the New York Times.


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Howard Becker, Comet Technologies 05/02/11
Mark Bego, Author 06/15/07
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Richard Bengloff, The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) 09/12/13
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Aimee Berger, 2 Generations SPA Music Management 09/24/04
David Berger, Future Beat 10/29/14
Barry Bergman, Music Managers Forum 03/14/03
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Nina Blackwood, Sirius Satellite Radio 07/14/06
Adam Block, Legacy Recordings 11/07/13
P.J. Bloom, Neophonic, Inc. 01/24/11
Rishon Blumberg, Brick Wall Management 06/27/03
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Steve "Chopper" Borges, Total Pro and Borse Techos 03/03/06
Les Borsai, Mediocre Management 01/30/04
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Rick Bowen, Mystic Music Experience 07/11/08
John Boyle, Sanctuary Music Group 03/19/04
Jeff & Todd Brabec, Writers/Attorneys 01/03/12
Bill Bragin, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater 08/08/03
Joel Brandes, Avenue Management Group 11/02/08
Joe Brandmeier, Moving Pictures 03/15/02
Scooter Braun, SB Projects 12/13/10
Ron Brice, 3rd & Lindsley Bar & Grill 06/08/16
Billy Brill, Billy Alan Productions 11/11/05
Doug Brown, Talent Buyers Network 09/21/01
James Browne, Sweet Rhythm 11/01/02
Bob Brumley, Brumley Music Company 02/17/16
Tony Brummel, Victory Records 05/17/09
Charlie Brusco, TBA Entertainment Corporation 10/13/01
Del Bryant, BMI 05/18/07
Cortez Bryant, Bryant Management 12/06/10
Stephen Budd, Stephen Budd Management 07/13/17
Bruce Burch, University of Georgia Music Business Program 10/09/09
Deborah Burda, Kentucky Exposition Center 08/03/07
Patti Burgart, IEBA 06/07/02
Jordan Burger, The New Musiquarium 01/22/01
Ron Burman, Roadrunner Records 08/25/06
Suzanne Cadgene, Elmore 05/19/06
Karen Cadle, KGC Productions 03/12/04
Gary Calamar, KCRW 07/10/09
Charles Caldas, Merlin 07/05/10
Brian Camelio, ArtistShare 02/29/08
David Campbell, AEG Europe 08/02/10
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Entertainment Group 10/20/00
Tom Cantone, Foxwoods Resort Casino 07/03/03
Tom Cantone, Mohegan Sun 08/30/09
Ashley Capps, A. C. Entertainment 05/21/04
Rio Caraeff, Vevo 07/12/11
Mike Carden, Eagle Rock Entertainment 08/16/11
Charles Carlini, Carlini Group 05/16/08
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 05/27/05
Mark Carpentieri, M.C. Records 01/10/11
Troy Carter, Coalition Media Group 06/07/10
Daniel Catullo, Coming Home Studios 06/22/08
Raffi Cavoukian, Folk Singer/Children's Entertainer 05/11/16
Jeffrey Chabon, Chabon Entertainment Group 08/22/02
Mike Chadwick, Essential Music & Marketing 08/01/12
Rob Challice, Coda Music Agency 03/27/13
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 01/11/02
Tom Chauncey, Partisan Arts 10/04/11
Lisa Cherniak, Artists Against Racism (AAR) 07/20/01
Bob Chiappardi, Concrete Marketing 06/13/03
Joel Chriss, Chriss & Co. 10/04/02
Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment 09/14/01
Michael Chugg, Chugg Enterprises 10/02/09
Gary Churgin, Harry Fox Agency 09/13/10
Vinny Cinquemani, S.L. Feldman & Associates 12/13/12
Barry Coburn, Ten Ten Music Group 03/28/11
Matthew Cohen, Green Room Productions 10/19/01
Ted Cohen, TAG Strategic 01/10/13
Lisa Cohen, Associated Booking Corporation 02/10/06
Steve Cohen, Music + Art Management, Inc. 03/09/07
Dan Cohen, Music & Memory 01/12/17
Michael Cohl - Part 1, S2BN Entertainment 03/06/13
Michael Cohl - Part 2, S2BN Entertainment 03/13/13
Bryan Coleman, Union Entertainment Group 02/14/12
Mamie Coleman, Fox Broadcasting 07/05/12
Dennis Condon, Disneyland Resorts 07/13/01
Peter Conlon, Peter Conlon Presents 05/20/05
Tony Conway, Buddy Lee Attractions 10/06/00
Allen Cook, TOURtech 04/16/15
Tomas Cookman, Cookman International 09/05/03
Alex Cooley, Alex Cooley Presents 07/12/10
David Cooper, 10/31/03
Jay Cooper, Greenberg Traurig, LLP 05/23/11
Julie Coulter, Near North Insurance Groups 06/07/01
Amy Cox, Deep South Entertainment 02/09/07
Michael O. Crain, Crain Law Group, LLC 10/09/13
Charlie Cran, The Strawberry Music Festival 04/05/10
Jim Cressman, Invictus Entertainment Group 06/06/12
Russ Crupnick, MusicWatch, Inc. 07/23/15
Todd Culberhouse, Vision Management /Vision Records and Entertainment 09/05/08
Tony D'Amelio, Washington Speakers Bureau 04/21/06
Ruth Daniel, In Place of War 08/09/17
Ray Danniels, Standing Room Only Management, and the Anthem Entertainment Group 03/05/15
Ken Dashow, WAXQ-FM (l04.3 FM) - New York 09/08/06
Hal David, Lyricist 07/26/11
David Davidian, Independant Lighting Designer/Director 06/18/04
Anthony Davis, D&L Entertainment Services, Inc. 03/02/01
Chip Davis, American Gramaphone/Mannheim Steamroller 05/31/02
Mitch Davis, Tempest Entertainment 07/16/04
Jeff Dawson, Canadian Recording Services 06/08/08
Desiree Day, USO Celebrity Entertainment 08/10/01
Shauna de Cartier, Six Shooter Records/Six Shooter Management 10/23/13
Gene DeAnna, The Library of Congress 02/21/12
Vincent Degiorgio, Chapter 2 Productions 08/01/13
Tony DeLauro, DeLauro Management 12/23/04
Valerie Denn, Val Denn Agency 04/30/01
Val Denn, Val Denn Agency 03/06/14
Robert DePugh, Alligator Records 07/29/05
Tom Derr, Rock Ridge Music 10/29/04
Paul Dexter, Masterworks Lighting Design and Road Cases 12/10/04
Marty Diamond, Paradigm 01/22/10
Glenn Dicker, Redeye Distribution/Yep Roc Records 07/07/06
Barry Dickins, International Talent Booking Agency 06/06/13
Jim Digby, Event Safety Alliance 09/01/16
Mark Dinerstein, The Knitting Factory 11/17/06
Neill Dixon, Canadian Music Week 03/03/16
Thomas Dolby, Musician, academic, technologist, and author 11/09/16
Jasper Donat, Music Matters 2009/Branded 04/24/09
Jim Donio, National Association of Recording Merchandisers 04/22/11
Marc Dottore, M. Dottore Management 04/11/03
Tim Drake, The Roots Agency 12/12/08
Mike Dreese, Newbury Comics 11/23/11
Charles Driebe, Blind Ambition Management Ltd. 09/22/06
Jeremy Driesen, Ray Bloch Productions 09/07/01
Michael Drumm, Music Link Productions 07/18/08
Angie Dunn, Lucky Artist Booking 10/13/06
Jay Durgan, MEDIAmobz 11/09/11
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denver's Division of Theatres & Arenas 08/02/02
Erik Dyce, City and County of Denverís Division of Theatres and Arenas 08/23/10
Paolo díAlessandro, International Solutions 06/25/14
Ros Earls, 140dB Management 02/19/14
Art Edelstein, Festival Productions 12/01/02
Bruce Eisenberg, Audio Analysts 08/31/01
Martin Elbourne, The Glastonbury Festival 12/18/09
Michael Elder, Red Entertainment 03/17/06
Tod Elmore, Sixthman 11/24/06
Paul Emery, Clear Channel Entertainment 11/19/04
Arty Erk, Citrin Cooperman 04/27/16
Joe Escalante, Kung Fu Records 07/08/05
Colin Escott, Music Historian/Journalist 07/18/11
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 09/27/02
Ritch Esra, The Music Business Registry 04/24/12
Mike Esterman, Esterman Entertainment 09/01/06
Jeff Eyrich, BePop Records 11/25/05
Bob Ezrin, Bigger Picture Group 05/24/09
Lisa Fancher, Frontier Records 08/09/10
Rick Farman, Superfly Productions 10/15/04
Ray Farrell, eMusic 06/09/06
Sam Feldman, S.L. Feldman & Associates 10/25/02
Bob Feldman, Red House Records 11/24/02
Charlie Feldman, BMI 08/26/05
Paul Fenn, Asgard Promotions 11/22/09
Debra "Fergy" Ferguson, TourDesign 08/01/03
Pete Fisher, Grand Ole Opry 09/11/09
David Fishof, David Fishof Presents 01/08/01
David Fishof, Rock 'N Roll Fantasy 10/05/08
David Fishof, Rock íní Roll Fantasy Camp 02/28/12
Mike Flanagin, New England Country Music Festival 09/12/08
Joel Flatow, RIAA 12/13/11
Jim Fleming, Fleming Artists 03/20/10
Joe Fletcher, Joe Fletcher Presents 01/12/06
Jeff Fluhr, StubHub 10/06/06
Nancy Fly, The Nancy Fly Agency 04/02/04
Arthur Fogel, Live Nation 08/09/09
Martin Folkman, Independent Music Awards & Music Resource Group 08/11/06
Belle Forino, Fantasma Tours 03/18/05
Fletcher Foster, Universal Records South 07/31/09
Sam Foxman, Contemporary Productions 01/06/06
Todd Frank, 4Star Entertainment, LLC 01/24/03
Bob Frank, Koch Entertainment 01/09/09
Larry Frank, Frank Productions 01/17/11
Mike Fraser, Record Producer/Engineer 10/11/08
Carl Freed, Metropolitan Entertainment 06/22/01
Elizabeth Freund, Beautiful Day Media & Management 01/26/07
Harlan Frey, Roadrunner Records 07/11/03
Adam Friedman, Nederlander Concerts 06/22/07
Ted Gardner, Larrikin Management 04/25/03
Daniel Gťlinas, Festival díťtť de Quťbec 05/23/13
Marci Geller, Sonic Underground 08/15/08
Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group 10/26/16
Steve Gerstman, SGS 07/19/02
Sandra Gibson, The Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/09/04
Sandra L. Gibson, Association of Performing Arts Presenters 01/16/09
Steve Gietka, Trump Properties 07/30/01
Steve Gietka, SMG Entertainment 03/19/14
Darren Gilmore, Watchdog Management 03/17/16
Daniel Glass, Glassnote Entertainment Group 10/16/14
Jake Gold, The Management Trust 04/13/01
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 09/07/07
Harris Goldberg, Concert Ideas 06/27/11
Neil Goldberg, Cirque Productions 04/16/14
Martin Goldschmidt, Cooking Vinyl Group 09/29/16
Harvey Goldsmith, Harvey Goldsmith Productions 06/28/10
Michael Goldstein, RockPoP Gallery 11/09/07
Seth Goldstein, 09/20/11
Anna Paula Goncalves, CEO Global Brand Appeal 08/20/14
Arnie Goodman, Blue Storm Music 11/15/02
Wesley Goodman, Red Entertainment 09/16/05
Richard Goodstone, Superfly Productions 01/27/06
Christie Goodwin, Photographer 03/18/15
Rob Gordon, What Are Records? LTD 02/01/02
Steve Gordon, Entertainment Attorney 08/06/04
Yoav Goren, Immediate Music & Imperativa Records 06/10/14
Mike Gormley, L.A. Personal Development 11/10/06
Jonathan Gosselin, Gosselin Marketing & Promotions 07/02/04
Richard Gottehrer, The Orchard 04/10/09
Sean Goulding, The Agency Group London 09/12/12
Jerimaya Grabher, RPM Direct 09/26/03
Mary Granata, The Granata Agency 09/06/10
Kelly Graves, Providence Performing Arts Center/Professional Facilities Management 01/20/02
Stan Green, Stanley A. Green Lighting and Productions 12/12/03
Mark Green, Celebrity Talent Agency Inc. / Bergen Performing Arts Center 08/12/05
Jeffrey Green, Americana Music Association 03/10/06
Paul Green, The School of Rock 07/06/08
Benjy Grinberg, Rostrum Records 12/06/11
Brent Grulke, SXSW 03/06/09
Michael Gudinski, The Mushroom Group 10/29/15
Phil Guiliano, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. & OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/25/05
Steve Gumble, SBG Productions 06/16/06
Greg Hagglund, Vivelo! 05/07/04
Rodney Hall, FAME Music Group 11/06/09
Rob Hallett, Robomagic 02/05/15
Craig Hankenson, Producers, Inc 02/23/06
Kerry Hansen, Wynonna Incorporated 10/03/03
Eric Hanson, Ted Kurland Associates 12/20/02
Eric Hanson, Tree Lawn Artists 03/23/07
Rusty Harmon, MTM Music Management 12/06/07
Ali Harnell, Clear Channel Entertainment Nashville 08/15/03
Bob Harris, 02/06/09
Evan Harrison, Huka Entertainment 12/08/16
David Hart, The Agency Group 02/20/04
Laura Hassler, Musicians without Borders 12/02/15
Abe Hathot, Musician, composer, and music producer. 12/21/16
Steve Hecht, Piedmont Talent 08/29/12
Travis Hellyer, Mezzanine 09/02/05
Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix 02/01/10
Nona Hendryx, Rhythmbank Entertainment 06/02/06
Dan Herrington, Dualtone Records 07/25/03
Sara Hickman, Sleeveless/Stingray 06/30/06
Dan Hirsch, On Board Entertainment 04/04/03
Nick Hobbs, Charmenko 12/14/01
Carel Hoffman, Hilltop Live/Oppikoppi Productions 11/07/12
Ian Hogarth, Songkick 08/09/11
Gene Hollister, Rose Presents 04/08/01
Rusty Hooker, Rock Steady Management Agency 02/16/01
Jake Hooker, Hook Entertainment 05/10/02
Martin Hopewell, Primary Talent International 04/19/02
Tom Hoppa, TKO Booking Agency 09/29/06
Bobbie Horowitz, Times Square Group 01/04/02
Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages 11/01/11
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 10/27/00
Bruce Houghton, Skyline Music 01/22/14
Andi Howard, Peak Records and Andi Howard Entertainment 09/02/03
Barbara Hubbard, ACTS 09/12/03
Laurent Hubert, BMG US 11/12/15
Seth Hurwitz, I.M.P. 04/20/09
Ariel Hyatt, Author, and founder of Cyber PR 11/23/16
Mark Hyman, Ashley Talent International 11/09/01
Brett Hyman, Category 5 Entertainment 07/23/04
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 08/17/01
Bruce Iglauer, Alligator Records 05/28/14
Doug Isaac, Super Bowl Concert Series Producer (EXI) 08/24/01
David Israelite, National Music Publishers' Association 11/29/08
Tom Jackson, Tom Jackson Productions 02/06/13
Jay Jacobs, Parc Landon 09/21/07
Larry Jacobson, World Audience 09/17/04
Audra Jaeger, The Management Trust 05/09/03
Ralph James, The Agency Group 01/31/11
Jeffrey Jampol, Jampol Artist Management 07/18/12
Jean Michel Jarre, International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) 06/19/13
Michael Jaworek, The Birchmere 05/08/09
Peter Jesperson, New West Records 11/03/06
John Jeter, The Handlebar 08/15/12
Mike Johnson, Groundrush Media 02/17/06
Andrea Johnson, ICM Partners 11/02/17
Mike Gormley & Jolene Pellant, Yes, Dear Entertainment 04/23/10
Susan Joseph, Justice Entertainment Group 02/21/11
Darren Julien, Julien's Auctions 10/25/10
Henry Juszkiewicz, Gibson Guitars 09/28/10
Justin Kalifowitz, Downtown Publishing 04/20/17
Leonard Kalikow, Music Business Reference, Inc. 06/26/08
Craig Kallman, Atlantic Records 03/20/09
Steve Kane, Warner Music Canada 02/09/17
Danny Kapilian, Independent Producer 07/12/02
Mike Kappus, The Rosebud Agency 10/26/09
Andy Kaufman, Birdland 05/17/02
Wendy Kay, Mars Talent Agency 03/09/01
Lucas Keller, The Collective 03/22/11
Marty Kern, Clemson University 07/07/01
Carlos Keyes, Red Entertainment 10/08/04
Golnar Khosrowshahi, Reservoir Media Management 10/24/12
Martin Kierszenbaum, Interscope/Cherrytree Records 09/06/09
Barney Kilpatrick, Rattlesby Records 10/28/05
John Kinsner, The Walnut Room 03/28/08
Doug Kirby, LiveTourArtists 10/24/03
Steve Kirsner, Compaq Center 06/29/01
JoAnne Klabin, Sweet Relief 03/21/03
Andrew Klein, Revolution Marketing 11/05/04
Larry Klein, Producer, bassist, songwriter 03/13/12
Jack Kleinsinger, Highlights in Jazz 04/25/08
Ann Kline, Casa Kline 09/04/14
Brian Knaff, Talent Buyers Network 09/29/01
Kymberlee Knight, IEBA 11/16/00
Mike Kociela, 360 Productions 05/30/08
Stefan Kohlmeyer, Bach Technology 02/08/10
Lily Kohn, Microsoft Corporation 02/14/11
Tim Kolleth, Alligator Records 01/25/08
Al Kooper, Musician/songwriter/producer/author 02/06/14
Mitchell Koulouris, Digital Musicworks International, Inc. 02/11/05
Mark Krantz, John Schreiber Group 06/15/01
Jeff Krasno, Velour Music Group 11/19/07
Jeffrey Kruger, The Kruger Organisation 01/25/02
Harvey Kubernik, Author/historian/music journalist 08/20/15
Ted Kurland, Ted Kurland Associates 01/15/01
Jordan Kurland, Zeitgeist Artist Management 08/23/11
Carianne Laguna, Blackheart Records 03/07/08
Brady Lahr, Kufala Recordings 04/30/04
Ernie Lake, EL Records 01/19/07
Roks Lam, Wolfman Jack Entertainment 12/17/04
Anni Lam, Parc Landon 06/29/07
Gary Lane, CenterLane Attractions 10/14/05
Tom LaPenna, Lucky Man Productions 09/10/04
Camilo Lara, EMI Music Mexico/MIS 08/10/07
Gary Lashinsky, Lipizzaner Tours 05/13/05
Gregg Latterman, Aware Records 12/13/02
Tony Laurenson, Eat to the Beat 02/27/04
Emily Lazar, The Lodge 10/15/15
Bill Leabody, Leabody Systems 06/10/05
Peter Leak, 24-7 Worldwide Management 03/28/12
Steve Leeds, SR. VP/Promotion/Rock Formats at Virgin Records 07/26/02
Elliot Lefko, Goldenvoice 09/21/17
Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter 11/14/08
Carl Leighton-Pope, Leighton-Pope Organisation 07/05/09
Steve Lemon, Live 4 Live, Inc. 12/06/02
Randy Lennox, Universal Music Canada 06/24/15
Simma Levine, Disson Furst and Partners 11/10/00
Andy Levine, Sixthman 06/08/07
Rich Levy, Clear Channel Entertainment Properties 06/25/04
Eddie Levy, Chelsea Music Publishing 07/24/14
Myles Lewis, Denise Rich Songs 12/20/10
Adam Lewis, Planetary Group 01/20/16
Terry Lickona, Austin City Limits 03/14/11
Justine Liddelow, Stage and Screen Travel Services 08/31/11
Jim Lidestri, Border City Media 09/03/15
Larry Lieberman, 4EverWild 03/28/03
Eric Lilavois, Crown City Studios, and London Bridge Studio 12/10/14
Miriam Linna, Norton Records 05/18/17
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records 03/05/05
Tommy LiPuma (Part 1), Verve Records 11/08/10
Tommy LiPuma (Part 2), Verve Records 11/15/10
Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud 10/04/10
Andy Lo Russo, The Singing Chef 12/16/05
Phil Lobel, Lobeline Communications 08/13/04
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 01/21/05
Paul Lohr, New Frontier Touring 05/17/10
Julie Lokin, New Audiences 03/23/01
Dave Lory, Artemis Records 03/30/02
Max Loubiere, Tour Director 04/11/12
Mark Lourie, Skyline Music 03/08/02
Dave Lucas, Live-360 04/28/06
Joe Lucchese, EventJoe 02/23/07
Kevin Lyman, 4 fini 03/30/01
Kevin Lyman, Vans Warped Tour 05/23/12
Bubba Mac, 09/14/07
David Macias, Emergent Music Marketing 06/17/05
Kristen Madsen, Grammy Foundation and MusiCares 11/22/10
Larry Magid, Larry Magid Entertainment 05/04/10
Peter Malkin, PM Management 02/07/03
Toby Mamis, Alive Enterprises 02/12/01
Billy Mann, Green & Bloom | Topl1ne, Manncom 09/18/14
Tasea Margeolas, Multi Entertainment 06/23/06
Tony Margherita, dBpm Records 09/06/11
Bob Roux & Mark Campana, Live Nation 12/20/11
Lee Marshall, Magic Arts & Entertainment 09/13/02
Zach Martin, Radio Producer at New York's WAXQ-FM 08/30/02
Mario Martin, Gorgeous PR 04/27/07
Molly Martinez, Ticket Summit 2008 05/23/08
Paul Mascioli, Mascioli Entertainment 01/14/05
Michael Maska, Big Hassle 01/28/05
Ted Mason, Mi-5 Recordings 11/16/01
Steve Masur, Masur & Associates, LLC 11/21/03
Pam Matthews, The Ryman Auditorium 04/08/05
Terry McBride, Nettwerk Music Group 03/01/10
Michael McCarty, ole 06/20/11
Jim McDonald, McDonald Group 12/19/03
Virginia McEnerney, HeadCount 11/26/07
Doc McGhee, McGhee Entertainment 06/14/10
Camilla McGuinn, Tour Manager 08/24/07
Andy McLean, North By Northeast (NXNE) 04/01/05
Dennis McNally, Grateful Dead historian/publicist 09/06/02
Garry McQuinn, Back Row Productions 06/14/11
Ruthann McTyre, The Rita Benton Music Library; and president of the Music Library Association 08/31/10
Dick McVey, Musician's Referral Service 10/27/07
Katherine McVicker, Music Works International 01/08/15
John Meglen, Concerts West/AEG Live 02/21/13
Mark Meharry, Music Glue 05/28/15
Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV Music Publishing 09/17/15
Dan Melnick, Festival Productions, Inc. 02/22/02
Andrť Mťnard, Festival International de Jazz de Montrťal 06/12/09
Bob Merlis, Merlis For Hire/Memphis International Records 01/16/04
Doug Merrick, Cumberland Talent Agency and Merrick Music Group 07/21/06
Louis Messina, The Messina Group 10/22/04
Louis Messina, The Messina Group/AEG Live 07/17/09
Louis Jay Meyers, North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance 03/30/07
Louis Jay Meyers, Folk Alliance International 01/23/09
Todd Miller, House Of Blues - New Orleans 11/14/03
Jeff Miller, Fantasma Productions 03/16/07
Ben Miller, Rock Ridge Music 11/02/07
J. B. Miller, Empire Entertainment 08/22/08
Richard Mills, S.L. Feldman 11/02/09
Marty Monson, Barbershop Harmony Society 07/07/16
Linda Moran, Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) 04/05/09
Jesse Morreale, Nobody In Particular Presents (NIPP) 09/20/02
Chuck Morris, Live Rocky Mountains 09/28/09
Mo Morrison, Independent production 05/24/02
Kevin Morrow, Steel Wool Entertainment 01/25/17
Nick Moss, Blue Bella Records 11/30/07
Jim Musselman, Appleseed Recordings 04/14/06
Natalia Nastaskin, United Talent Agency 04/13/16
Marc Nathan, Flagship Records 07/01/05
David Neilon, Rising Star Promotions 11/30/01
Don Neuen, Star Coaches Inc. 10/10/12
Dennis Newhall, DIG Music 10/07/05
John Nittolo, John Nittolo Productions 04/13/07
Ian Noble, Metropolitan Talent 05/23/03
Fabricio Nobre, A Construtora Mķsica e Cultura 05/04/17
Josh Norek, JN Media, LLC 07/05/02
David Norman, Tour Manager 04/20/07
Mimi Northcott, Canadian Recording Services (CRS) 04/11/08
Bill Nowlin, Rounder Records 01/05/07
John Nugent, NY JAM Inc. 11/08/02
Andy Nulman, Just For Laughs 11/20/13
Sal Nunziato, NYCD 06/01/01
Bob O'Neal, Ryman Auditorium 06/28/02
Andrea Orbeck, Prehab Health and Fitness 03/15/10
Heather Orser, Toad's Place 01/29/01
Janet Oseroff, MultiMediaProperties 11/18/05
Marc Ostrow, Boosey & Hawkes 12/05/08
Riley OíConnor, Live Nation Canada 07/24/09
Jeremy Palmer, Buddy Lee Attractions 11/02/01
John Palmer, Megawave Records 08/31/07
Panos Panay, Sonicbids 12/23/05
Julien Paquin, Paquin Artists Agency 04/30/14
Graham Parker, WQXR-FM 11/26/14
Crispin Parry, British Underground 02/24/08
Donald Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 04/09/10
Donald S. Passman, Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown 01/06/16
Bruce Patron, Overland Entertainment 07/28/06
Alexandra Patsavas, Chop Shop Music 09/27/11
Cheryl Pawelski, Omnivore Entertainment Group 09/26/13
Kerry Peace, Alligator Records 08/18/06
Eric Peltoniemi, Red House Records 12/14/09
Scott Perry, Sperry Media 03/11/05
Lawrence Peryer, Jr., 23 Omnimedia 11/07/08
John Peters, MassConcerts 06/07/11
Holger Petersen, Stony Plain Records 04/15/05
Jon Phillips, Silverback Professional Artist Mgmt/Controlled Substance Sound 08/29/08
Dave Pichilingi, Sound City 03/30/16
Vince Pileggi, Music Inc./Music Inc. Sounds 12/01/06
Eric Pirritt, Endit! Presents / The Fox Theatre 10/17/03
Neil Portnow, The Recording Academy 02/08/11
Louis Posen, Hopeless Records 04/04/11
Stephen Posen, Estate of Glenn Gould 01/23/13
Nadia Prescher, Madison House 06/20/03
Jeff Price, TuneCore 02/28/11
Tom Principato, Powerhouse Records 02/01/08
Roger Probert, Core Records 12/08/06
John "Grinder" Procaccini, JP Squared (JP2) 01/17/03
Mark Pucci, Independent Music Publicist 09/09/05
David Pullman, The Pullman Group 11/03/00
Rod Quinton, Saigon Sound System 04/18/11
Dolphus Ramseur, Ramseur Records 10/19/07
Jack Randall, Ted Kurland Associates 04/05/02
Jack Randall, The Kurland Agency 03/08/17
Debra Rathwell, AEG Live 05/03/13
Jeff Ravitz, Visual Terrain 02/08/08
Paul Reed, Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) 06/14/17
Rich Rees, M.P.I. Talent Agency 09/19/08
John Reese, Freeze Artist Management 08/01/08
Bill Reeves, WRIII, Inc. 10/20/06
Stephen Rehage, Rehage Entertainment 07/30/04
Lisa Reiss, Pearl Productions 08/17/07
Salaam Remi, Composer, producer, musician and label executive. 01/08/14
David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 08/23/09
Alison Richard, Universal Orlando Resort 05/06/05
Kelli Richards, The All Access Group 02/07/12
Gary Richards, HARD Events 08/29/13
Sam Righi, Waterfront Entertainment Group 05/30/03
Jon Rinaldo, Joker Productions 01/02/04
Geary Rindels, Geary Rindels Enterprises, Inc. 12/05/03
Doreen Ringer Ross, BMI 01/18/08
Lisette Rioux, Island Def Jam Music Group 05/16/03
Dave Roberge, Everfine Records & Everfine Artist Management 12/03/04
Sandy Roberton, Worlds End Producer Management 02/20/09
Ty Roberts, Gracenote 01/31/12
Bill Rogers, BRE Presents 07/13/07
Ian Rogers, Topspin Media 06/01/10
Benji Rogers, PledgeMusic 12/19/13
Dave Rose, Deep South Entertainment 09/15/06
Eric Rosen, Ronald S. Bienstock & Associates 05/25/01
Stuart Ross, The Ross Group 02/23/01
David Ross, President IAAM; Director, Show Me Center 09/23/05
Jack Ross, APA Canada 09/07/17
Bobby Rossi, Ruth Eckerd Hall 02/28/03
Michael Rothschild, Landslide Records 04/29/05
Robert Rowland, Red Entertainment 06/13/08
Bill Royston, Mt. Hood Jazz Festival 03/07/03
John Rudolph, Bug Music 05/24/10
Elizabeth Rush, E.R.A. / Elizabeth Rush Agency 08/20/04
Aran Rush, Expo and Foro Imperial 02/16/07
Maurice Russell, Harry Fox Agency 10/21/05
Barron Ruth, Skyline Music 02/14/03
Andrea Sabata, Skyline Music 01/07/05
Numa Saisselin, Count Basie Theatre, Inc. 02/04/05
Ron Sakamoto, Gold & Gold Productions 01/16/10
David Salidor, dis Company 07/20/07
Shaw Saltzberg, S. L. Feldman and Associates 06/21/10
Bruce Allen & Sam Feldman, A&F Music 12/19/08
Mark Samuels, Basin Street Records 06/11/04
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Tamara Saviano, American Roots Publishing 07/22/05
Tamara Saviano, Author, journalist, and producer 08/18/16
Michael Scafuto, Mountain High Entertainment 12/07/01
Steve Schankman, Contemporary Productions 12/21/01
Steve Scharf, Carlin America 10/11/02
John Scher, Metropolitan Talent 11/21/08
Al Schmitt, Producer/Engineer 02/13/10
Bobby Schneider, Tour Coordinator, Third Eye Blind 01/31/03
Jake Schneider, Madison House 04/02/14
Steven Schnur, EA Music Group 07/03/13
Elaine Schock, Shock Ink 02/19/10
Stacy Schott, Mad Booking and Events 08/22/03
Daylle Schwartz, Revenge Productions 08/19/05
Dean Sciarra, 11/26/04
Joel Selvin, Author and Journalist 08/07/14
Jay Sendyk, Sendyk, Leonard & Company, Inc. 05/03/02
Jonathan Shank, Red Light Management 12/13/17
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Seth Sheck, Access Pass & Design 01/03/03
Seth Sheck, ACCESS Event Solutions 06/22/16
Seth Shomes, The Agency Group 11/12/14
Jay Sieleman, The Blues Foundation 07/18/03
Anya Siglin, The Ark 03/05/10
Bill Silva, Bill Silva Entertainment 10/19/10
Tom Silverman, Tommy Boy Entertainment 03/06/12
Steve Simon, Clear Channel Communications 05/14/04
Ralph Simon, Live Earth 07/06/07
Ralph Simon, Mobilium 04/12/11
Michael Simon, The Harry Fox Agency 08/14/13
Ron Simpson, RCS Productions 01/11/08
John Simson, SoundExchange 07/15/05
Dion Singer, Warner Bros. 12/07/09
Gram Slaton, The Community Arts Center 02/25/05
Owen Sloane, Gladstone Michel Weisberg Willner & Sloane 10/11/10
Peter Smidt, Eurosonic Noorderslag & manager Buma Cultuur 07/17/13
Garrison Snell, Gyrosity Projects 02/23/17
Mike Snider, Paradigm Talent Agency Nashville 05/17/11
Andrew Snowhite, Musictoday 05/04/01
Bruce Solar, The Agency Group 05/14/14
Nikki Solgot, Circle Talent Agency 02/18/15
Michael Solomon, Brick Wall Management 05/25/07
Mark Sonder, Mark Sonder Productions 07/25/08
Steve Sonnier, UIC Pavilion at the University of Illinois, Chicago 09/03/04
Kathy Spanberger, peermusic 06/20/12
Carolyn Specht, CIE USA Entertainment Inc. and OCESA PRESENTS Inc. 03/26/04
David Spelman, New York Guitar Festival 10/01/04
Jason Spiewak, Rock Ridge Music 04/07/06
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 11/29/12
Dan Steinberg, Square Peg Concerts 02/18/05
Jeremy Stephan, Ventures, LLC 04/23/04
Walter Stewart, Mars Talent Agency 02/21/03
Gail Stocker, Gail Stocker Presents 11/12/04
Jon Stoll, Fantasma Productions 10/13/00
Jesse Stoll, AEG 06/27/09
Henry Stone, Henry Stone Music 06/24/05
Jason Stone, Live Nation New York 03/31/06
Howard Stovall, Resource Entertainment Group 05/28/04
Cameron Strang, New West Records 10/18/02
Don Strasburg, AEG Live Rocky Mountains 02/27/09
Barbara Strauss, Sovereign Ventures 05/12/06
Richard Stumpf, Cherry Lane Publishing 08/07/06
Deb Suckling, SUGARRUSH Music 07/27/17
Patrick Sullivan, RightsFlow 10/25/11
Bernie Swain & Harry Rhodes, Jr., Washington Speakers Bureau 12/07/00
Dean Swett, Paramour Group 06/14/02
Jake Szufnarowski, Rocks Off 05/02/08
Marc Tanner, Chime Entertainment 12/22/06
Donald Tarlton, The Donald K Donald Group 04/12/02
Tess Taylor, Los Angeles Music Network 08/09/02
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Race Taylor, WPLJ - New York 10/27/06
Chris Taylor, Taylor 03/15/09
Peter Tempkins, DeWitt Stern Group 03/16/01
Peter Tempkins, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 03/27/09
Lisa Tenner, Tenner & Associates (EAT'M) 08/06/01
Jeremy Tepper, Diesel Only Records 10/10/03
Allan Tepper, Bicycle Music Company 09/28/07
Martin Terefe, Kensaltown Studios 05/31/11
Milun Tesovic, MetroLeap Media 10/18/09
Mandar Thakur, Times Music 08/06/15
Jerry Thompson, Promoter Line Inc. 03/05/04
Jose Tillan, MTV Networks Latin America 12/02/05
Jon Tiven, Hormone Studios 08/05/05
Adam Tobey, Concert Ideas 08/24/17
Rob Tonkin, Marketing Factory 12/17/15
John "J.T." Toomey, 25/8 Management 11/15/11
Livia Tortella, Warner Bros. Records 01/10/12
Phil Tripp, IMMEDIA! 01/19/06
Claudio Trotta, Barley Arts Promotion 11/26/01
Chris Tsakalakis, StubHub 01/11/10
Ben Turner, Graphite Media 05/10/10
Steve Vai, Favored Nations Entertainment 04/26/02
John Valentino, Fantasma Productions 04/18/03
John Valentino, AEG Live SE 11/01/10
Don Van Cleave, Coalition of Independent Music Stores 04/09/04
Casey Verbeck, Partners in Music 06/06/03
David "Boche" Viecelli, The Billions Corporation 04/18/10
Marsha Vlasic, Artist Group International 05/31/17
Mat Vlasic, Bravado 06/28/17
Ray Waddell, Billboard Magazine 08/27/04
Rob Waggener, Foundations Recovery Network 03/07/11
Jim Walczak, Racine Civic Centre 06/03/05
Jeff Walker, The AristoMedia Group 08/16/10
Carla Wallace, Big Yellow Dog Music 11/04/05
Russell Wallach, Live Nation Network 03/20/12
Steve Walter, The Cutting Room 10/24/08
Neil Warnock, The Agency Group 05/02/09
Diane Warren, Realsongs 08/14/09
Butch Waugh, RCA Label Group Nashville 01/10/03
Lauren Wayne, The State Theatre 05/09/12
Kirt Webster, Webster PR 02/03/16
Ken Weinstein, Big Hassle Media 04/22/05
Bruce Weinstein, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts 02/15/08
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Pam Weiser, Momentous Insurance Brokerage 10/11/11
Kevin Welk, Welk Music Group 01/24/12
D-J Wendt, Dmand Management 05/09/08
Alison Wenham, Worldwide Independent Network 02/13/09
Bill Werde, Billboard 08/03/11
Joel Whitburn, Record Research 11/13/09
Judd White, Tour Manager/Accountant 02/13/04
Jeff White, In Ticketing 12/16/06
Adam White, Author 09/14/16
Lisa White, Pearl Street Warehouse 10/04/17
Adam Wilkes, AEG Live Asia 10/13/16
Fenton Williams, 04/04/08
Del Williams, Right Arm Entertainment 04/18/08
Bryan "Birdman" Williams, Cash Money Records 09/13/11
Paul Williams, ASCAP 10/19/11
J.P. Williams, Parallel Entertainment 10/03/12
Kurt Willms, Green Room Productions 09/20/03
Chris Wilson, Heartbeat Records 03/02/07
Tony Wilson, Factory Records/In The City 06/01/07
Tom Windish, The Windish Agency 07/26/10
John Wiseman, XL Touring Video 05/05/06
Thom Wolke, 02/08/02
Michael Wood, City Lights Entertainment 08/08/08
Keith Wortman, Blackbird Presents 03/22/17
Nigel Wright, Independant Record Producer 11/07/03
Dusty Wright, 07/27/07
Jeremiah ďIceĒ Younossi, A-List Talent 09/20/09
Gail Zappa, The Zappa Family Trust 10/02/14
Kevin 'Chief' Zaruk, Chief Music Management 06/10/15
Ron Zeelens, RAZco Visas 04/20/01
Rick Zeiler, Sidney Frank Importing Company 06/04/04
Danny Zelisko, Live Nation 06/19/09
Jason Zink, Emporium Presents 10/19/17
Hillary Zuckerberg, Brick Wall Management. 07/09/04
Steve Zuckerman, Global Entertainment and Media Summit 03/22/02
Paul Zullo, Muze 01/23/04
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