November 21, 2012
Last evening (Tuesday 11/20) I watched an excellent American Masters documentary about media mogul David Geffen.
Geffen as many know is one of the recording industry legends who brought us many recording artists and their music from Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Crosby Stills and Nash, and Jackson Browne when he was their manager and then continued on with his own recording label Asylum Records which had among its stable of artists The Eagles, Bob Dylan and Linda Ronstadt.
In 1972 Geffen sold Asylum Records to Warner Communications which merge it with Warner’s Electra Records which he ran until he left in 1975 to be vice-chairman of Warner Brothers Studios. That move as told in the documentary proved to be a lackluster debut in the film industry in that Geffen didn’t know (or refused to play) the Hollywood game of studio politics.