AN EDUMACATION IN MUSIC
AN EDUMACATION IN MUSIC: The Music Business Now, a UCLA course taught by Jampol Artist Management Inc. founder/head Jeff Jampol and a coterie of industry heavyweights (plus Lenny Beer) begins its spring-quarter classes tonight at the school’s Schoenberg Hall at 6pm. The course’s co-Instructors are IGA Vice Chairman Steve Berman, Tom Sturges Music President Tom Sturges, JAM, Inc. manager Arron Saxe and Beer, who will serve as a visiting Co-Instructor/Panel Moderator and promises to open a jumbo can of shut the fuck up whenever Jampol starts bloviating. Panelists and speakers include Jody Gerson, Rob Light, Ron Laffitte, Ian Montone, Peter Gray, Richard Palmese, Bruce Flohr, Andy Gould, Tom Whalley, Angelica Cob-Baehler, Brad Davidson, Andrew Jeffries, Live Nation‘s Bob Roux, Alex Da Kid, Jason Feinberg and Tim Smith. In addition to being the industry’s premiere manager to the dead – er, legacy artists – Jampol is now a professor at The Herb Alpert School Of Music, teaching the course to Mo Ostin Music Industry Minor undergrads, Anderson School MBA graduate students and others, all of which has made him more insufferable than ever. He would like to remind the class that if an ambulance goes by, all bets are off. (4/2p)
JAMPOL ARTIST MANAGEMENT, INC.
CELEBRATING RECORD STORE DAY
WITH RELEASES FROM FIVE OF OUR ICONS
The Doors, Ramones, Otis Redding, Rick James, Henry Mancini To Get Special Vinyl Treatment
Available Exclusively At Participating Independent Records Stores on April 19
LOS ANGELES (MARCH 18, 2014) In celebration of Record Store Day, Jampol Artist Management, Inc. will be releasing special vinyl editions from five of our iconic artists. The Doors, Ramones, Otis Redding, Rick James and Henry Mancini will all be honored with special limited-edition vinyl releases in conjunction with Record Store Day 2014. For a list of participating stores, please visit www.recordstoreday.com.
“We wanted our artists to have a special presence in stores for this,” says company president Jeff Jampol. “All of our artists released their music in actual record stores, and we want that spirit to live on, in a place where music fans gather, shop, talk about music and experience it together.”
Jampol Artist Management, Inc. manages rock legends The Doors, Ramones and the Estates of Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Tupac Shakur, Peter Tosh, Otis Redding, Henry Mancini and Rick James. The firm also serves as consultant to the Estate of Michael Jackson. Dedicated to the re-introduction of timeless art through modern means, JAM, Inc. develops, preserves, protects and enhances the work of iconic artists and reaches out to successive generations of music fans. Using new distribution channels, new technology, and other emerging resources, JAM, Inc. cultivates the recordings, images, writings and other creations of their clients in order to keep them circulating in the cultural bloodstream.
Full details on all titles are listed below:
Ramones – Meltdown with the Ramones
10” colored vinyl – 5,000 navy blue copies (U.S) & 2,800 pink copies (ex. U.S.)
1. I Just Want To Have Something To Do
2. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
1. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
The Doors – Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine
2-LP translucent amber-swirl colored vinyl
Reissue of the revered 1972 compilation
5,500 individually numbered copies (3,000 U.S. & 2,500 ex. U.S.)
2,500 numbered copies
Both tracks previously unreleased
Both mixed by John Morales for M+M Productions
You And I (Extended M+M Mix) (9:40)
Fire And Desire (Live) with Teena Marie (19:50), Live In Long Beach, CA July 30, 1981
Henry Mancini And His Orchestra – The Pink Panther
1-LP pink colored vinyl
50th Anniversary Edition of the classic film score
Otis Redding – Pain In My Heart
50th Anniversary Edition
Limited edition of 5,000 individually numbered copies (3,000 U.S & 2,000 ex. U.S.)
Original LP artwork. Audio pulled from original mono tapes. Mastered by Bernie Grundman. 180-gram vinyl in mono – pressed at RTI. Old school tip-on jackets printed at Stoughton. Limited edition foil stamp numbering.
Three Things Miley Can Learn About Social Media
03/10/2014 11:16 am EDT
By Tania Yuki
In the year of the twerk, fans shared nearly 65 million moments on Facebook with Miley Cyrus, making Miley the “Most Engaging Single Artist” in 2013. (Only boy band, One Direction, received more actions in the same ranking according to my social measurement company, Shareablee).
Which is impressive, until you realize something else: Miley was nowhere near the top for “Most Shared.” (She was, in fact, #29, and didn’t even make the official ranking).
“Most Shared” Artist for 2013? Deceased rapper, Tupac Shakur.
Although Miley had 2.5 times more fans than 2pac (37 million, compared with 14 million), 2pac received 5.5 times more shares per post on Facebook than Miley did, on roughly the same amount of posts. Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, the Doors and Pink Floyd also made it into the Top 10 Most Shared. In fact, five out of the top ten “Most Shared Musicians and Artists” for 2013 were long dead, and only two could currently be considered popular artists.
How could this happen to Miley?
Social media is often touted for its potential for immediacy, and for the ability for musicians, celebrities and even brands to be “in the moment” (think Oreo’s 2013 fame for its Superbowl spontaneity). But it wasn’t spur-of-the-moment posting that was rewarded with shares in 2013. We examined the top shared posts among musicians, and here’s what we found:
1. Self-Focused Updates will not be shared (although they might attract likes and comments):
In social media, as in life, if you talk about yourself too much without asking questions, considering your listeners or showing an interest in others, your messages may be “liked” or “commented” on, but they won’t be shared. It doesn’t matter how popular you are.
Self-focused content includes “selfies,” commercial updates about a new song release (without any value-add for social fans) and minute-by-minute updates about your day.
2. Sharing happens when you make people care:
We share when content can stop us in our tracks, and make us feel something. Whether it’s about the loss of someone we loved or admired, or something that was funny, or sad — if you can evoke emotion, you are more likely to be shared.
While many of Miley’s posts in 2013 felt authentic and unedited (unlike, say, those of One Direction) there was little revealed about her inner life, or what she cared about. This meant she did not activate her fans to spread her updates, but rather just bookmark them.
In addition, emotion begets emotion. We saw that when content was shared by fans with messages such as: “too funny!” or, “This is so sad,” they were then much more likely to be re-shared with a greater velocity. The same posts shared without comment were three times less likely to be re-shared, indicating that the very presence of emotional commentary by others made it more likely that the same feelings would be experienced by the viewer. This mirroring of emotions has also been scientifically proven in this recent study regarding the virality of empathy and compassion by Tania Singer of the Max Planck Institute — revealing that humans automatically share the emotions of others when exposed to their emotions. Miley could use this the way that many of the top shared artists did, to encourage her audience to experience life through her eyes, and to therefore spread the message on.
3. Positive or inspiring messages promote sharing:
In social media, as in life, everyone wants something to believe in, and it pays to not be a downer. Among the most shared content by musicians were uplifting or memorable quotes — even from Tupac. Although Tupac was not known in life for his upbeat lyricism, his most shared posts of 2013 included graphics stating: “Negative people need drama like oxygen, stay positive, it will take their breath away,” and, “Hard times will always reveal true friends.” Equally, Bob Marley achieved his top shared status with quotes such as ‘”Every man thinketh his burden is the heaviest,” and, “What we need is love, to guide and protect us on.”
What this means is, any time an artist can associate themselves with words that inspire others to feel better, such content is far more likely to connect with others who will then be more likely to pass that message on.
Word to the wise — although social media is, by its nature, ephemeral, don’t confuse the medium with the message. Huge returns come to those who treat content as though it were meant to last. Even in those fleeting moments as people scroll their newsfeed, we still want to feel important, and to connect emotionally, preferably with something uplifting.
The Man Who Keeps Legends Alive
Jeff Jampol sees to it that stars like Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Tupac Shakur stay in the spotlight
The Wall Street Journal
Jan. 9, 2014 10:27 a.m. ET
By STEFANIE COHEN
Janis Joplin is having a big year. She is playing to standing ovations every night at New York’s Broadway Lyceum Theatre, where singer Mary Bridget Davies appears to be channeling the wild-child singer from the grave. She’s also the subject of a coming documentary film, has her own clothing line and is going to be on a stamp from the U.S. Postal Service.
Not too shabby for a woman who’s been dead since 1970.
Jeff Jampol, who manages the Janis Joplin estate, is positioning the queen of rock ‘n’ roll to have one of her best business years since, well, she was alive.
Mr. Jampol, who also manages the Doors, as well as the estates of Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur, Henry Mancini, Otis Redding, Peter Tosh, the Ramones and Rick James, releases records, creates merchandising lines, and produces live theater, among other projects that expose the deceased legends to new audiences. “I manage these artists exactly as if they were alive still,” says Mr. Jampol. “The only thing we don’t do is tour and write new music.”
Since the artists can’t tour, Mr. Jampol is doing the next best thing—making inroads on Broadway, where actors can stand in for the singers, as in the case of Ms. Joplin, whose show, “A Night With Janis Joplin,” toured for two years before coming to Broadway this fall, where it’s doing respectable business. It just played its 100th performance and last week’s ticket sales were $370,000.
Mary Bridget Davies in ‘A Night With Janis Joplin’ at the Lyceum Theatre Joan Marcus
Ms. Joplin isn’t the only one having a Broadway debut. Mr. Shakur’s lyrics and music will make up the score to the Broadway show “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” opening in May. The show, produced by Eric Gold, Jessica Green and Afeni Shakur, and directed by Kenny Leon, tells the story of a man who, upon returning home from jail, has hard choices to face back on the street.
“We think of him like our Stephen Sondheim,” said Ms. Green. “Tupac wrote about universal themes, love, loss, violence, and the day-to-day struggles of humanity. It’s the stuff of Shakespeare—and the songs lend themselves perfectly to a Broadway show.”
Mr. Jampol, who lives in Los Angeles, is currently developing Broadway shows with the Doors and Henry Mancini that he says will respect their music, while exposing the artists’ catalogs to new ears.
In the early 2000s, Mr. Jampol was working as a music manager and teaching classes on the music industry at UCLA. Danny Sugerman, a friend of Mr. Jampol’s and the manager for the Doors, would come to him seeking career advice. In 2003, he asked Mr. Jampol to become his business partner managing the Doors. When Mr. Sugerman died in 2005, Mr. Jampol took over as their manager. A few years later, he took on the estate of Jim Morrison as well.
The three remaining members of the Doors at the time, Ray Manzarek (who has since died), Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, gave Mr. Jampol a history lesson in their music and its meaning. In turn, Mr. Jampol learned how to manage the band and Mr. Morrison’s estate without cashing in on dubious projects. Jim Morrison, for instance, turned down a Buick commercial when he was alive, and the band has, to date, only allowed one of their songs, “Riders on the Storm,” to be licensed, for an ad for Pirelli Tires. It ran in the U.K. for about a week in the ’70s. “I felt awful about it,” Mr. Densmore says of the licensing agreement. “Jim’s ghost got to me.”
There have been plenty of other business opportunities. Under Mr. Jampol’s guidance, the band has sold across all platforms: Album sales have increased 12% this year over last, said Mr. Jampol. Retail merchandise, including T-shirts, calendars and posters, has jumped by 25%, he said. On Facebook, the Doors have more than 14 million fans, with approximately 80,000 new fans a week. “Jeff has really good taste, so if something cheesy comes down the pike, he won’t even consider it,” says Mr. Densmore.
When Laura Joplin, Janis’s sister, a former educational consultant who lives in Northern California, heard about Mr. Jampol’s work with the Doors, she wanted to meet him. “We inherited this responsibility,” Ms. Joplin, who was 21 when her sister died, says of her sister’s legacy. “And it’s not like there’s a school or anything.”
She says a lot of people weren’t interested in handling her sister’s estate. They wanted a living artist whose career was still growing, she says. But Mr. Jampol, who considers Ms. Joplin one of his heroes, jumped at the chance.
Now he oversees an apparel line, Made for Pearl, which is owned by Laura’s brother, Michael, and offers clothing inspired by Ms. Joplin’s iconic boho-chic look. The estate has worked with the U.S. Postal Service to create a commemorative stamp, out later this year, according to Mr. Jampol. A documentary, produced by Alex Gibney, is in production, and the writer Holly George-Warren is working on a new biography.
And because Ms. Joplin was amenable to advertisers (she wrote to the president of Southern Comfort and asked the beverage manufacturer to sponsor her, which they did—giving her a lynx coat and matching hat, as per her request), her song “Mercedes Benz” was used for a Super Bowl ad in 2011, for, well, Mercedes-Benz.
Corrections & Amplifications
In an earlier version of this article Ray Manzarek’s last name was incorrectly spelled as Manzerek, Danny Sugerman’s last name was incorrectly spelled as Sugarman and Robby Krieger’s first name was incorrectly spelled as Robbie.
Tupac Shakur Musical Sets Broadway Opening Date
The New York Times
Jan 8, 2014
by PATRICK HEALY
“Holler if Ya Hear Me,” a new musical inspired by the work of rapper Tupac Shakur, will begin performances on Broadway at the Palace Theater on May 26, the producers said on Wednesday. The $8 million production is not a musical biography about Shakur, who died in a drive-by shooting in 1996 at the age of 25; rather, the producers said in a statement, it is an original story about “friendship, family, revenge, change and hope” as poor urban residents struggle against challenges in their lives.
The show is to include several of Shakur’s songs, among them “Me Against the World,” “California Love” and “Keep Ya Head Up,” in addition to the title song.
The musical, which was developed in closed-door workshops, will open on Broadway without an out-of-town tryout run. It has a script by Todd Kreidler, who wrote a new stage version of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” that opened last month in Washington. The director is Kenny Leon, a Tony Award nominee for the 2010 revival of “Fences.” Casting and other production details will be announced later.
Among the producers of “Holler if Ya Hear Me” is Afeni Shakur, Tupac Shakur’s mother; Eric L. Gold, a television producer (“The Wayans Bros.”); and Shin Chun-soo, a prominent theater producer in South Korea.
The show’s opening night is scheduled for June 19. “Holler if Ya Hear Me” will not be in the running for the 2014 Tony Awards, the Broadway industry’s highest honor, because performances begin after the April cut-off for Tony eligibility.