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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.

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.
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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.







Agent for both Social Distortion and Brian Wilson, learn how to make it in this crazy business called music.


Karla Bonoff

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.


Dean Torrence

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'll be riveted!


Linda Perry

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 Adele to Weezer, and furthermore, she's a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. But first and foremost, Linda's an opinionated original, someone working to bring the glory days of rock back. Listen.


Andy Slater

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.


Winky Fairorth

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.


John Meglen

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.


Jack Douglas

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.


Stephen Marcussen

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

Murray Goldberg, Larry David's manager 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.


Billy Bragg

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!)


Capitol Congress

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.


Tom Johnston

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 ultimately led to the band that would become The Doobie Brothers and...


Danny Goldberg

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 manager and led various record labels, signing icons like...


Randy Bachman

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 on “Takin’ Care of Business”. We end with a conversation...


Seymour Stein

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 not only an great businessman but a true music fan and...



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 electronic dance movement


Jim McCarthy

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. We also delve deep into his early years as an english...


Jerry Greenberg

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 - Michael Jackson 12:00 - His band was called The Passengers 17:00...


Waddy Wachtel

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 Camp 36:00 - Moved to LA 1:08:00 - The Rolling Stones 1:24:00...