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Friday, July 29, 2005

A Sad Day...

Iggy-Green, originally uploaded by Cool Auntie.

We are saddened to learn of the death of Art Collins, who among many other things, managed Iggy Pop. (pictured above)

I met Art when he was the head honcho of Rolling Stones Records during the band's 1982 tour. He treated me kindly and with respect even though I was a smart ass 25 year old who boldly said the band sucked if it did.

What Art really did was help keep our punk godfather, Iggy going when nothing was going on. Among other things, he arranged for Iggy's music to be used in film and television, providing a very much needed income for Mr. Osterberg during a down time. It also helped put him back on the map and now he's back, bigger and more respected than ever.

Art never clamored for the spotlight. He just worked hard. He was one of the last honest men.

I will miss him.

Hits Magazine wrote this today:
ONE OF THE GOOD ONES IS GONE: We’re greatly saddened to report that longtime music industry pro Art Collins passed away unexpectedly yesterday afternoon at his desk in his home office. Collins managed Iggy Pop for many years, including some of the most successful of the Igster’s entire career—and the bond between artist and manager was an incredibly tight and unique one. Many of Collins’ friends fondly remember a Manhattan Roseland show in which Iggy took a dive...and Collins was right behind him onstage, holding onto the artist’s feet. Collins previously managed Joe Jackson, Marianne Faithfull and Marshall Crenshaw, among others—and also worked with the Rolling Stones, first on the road and then in the front office, for many years. Prior to management, he worked in the publicity department at Atlantic Records. It’s especially sad that he died before Iggy & the Stooges were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, which was one of Collins’ major quests. No word yet on a memorial service or tribute.

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