Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Michael Cohl

The most famous man you've never heard of. He is not well known, because he spends all his time promoting other people's names: The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, U2. Michael Cohl is probably the best Promoter in the world and he hails from Canada and he started out owning a strip club in Ottawa. He might be most famously known in the industry for stealing the Rolling Stones in 1989 away from Bill Graham (only promoter to be a celebrity in his own right, also owned the Fillmore!!!), but you know Cohl's work as creating SARSstock (pic below left), promoting the largest rock concert in history (the Stones this past year in Rio, below right) and most major tours coming across Canada. I advise getting your eyes on a documentary on the man...'Satisfaction, the life and times of Michael Cohl' http://www.cbc.ca/lifeandtimes/cohl.html. Quite interesting stories enclosed, including the relationship he built with Harold Ballard, and a price fixing scandal.

here's another article on him: http://www.chartattack.com/damn/2006/07/2123.cfm

1 comment:

Mr. Soul said...

An interesting man...and quite possibly the reason that you need to seek out a mortgage to go see the Stones.