Gary Kurfirst

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Gary Kurfirst
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Manager, promoter, producer, publisher, label owner: born New York, 1947; married (one son, one daughter); died Nassau, the Bahamas 13 January 2009.

Longstanding manager of the Ramones, he was one of the people who made things that little bit easier for the notoriously moody quartet whose contribution to popular music was finally recognised when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

He also looked after the groundbreaking bands Talking Heads, Blondie, & the B-52's. In addition he worked with, Jane's Addiction, Shirley Manson of Garbage and the former Clash guitarist, Mick Jones, when he led Big Audio Dynamite. Although US-based, Kurfirst managed several British groups as well, including Eurythmics, the Waterboys, Angelfish, the Thompson Twins and Black Grape.

In a career lasting over 40 years and taking in concert promotion and music publishing as well as management, Kurfirst's biggest commercial success came at Radioactive when he discovered the angsty US band Live playing at CBGB's.
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Writing & Arrangement

ILPS 9325 Gary Kurfirst - White Lightnin' album art White Lightnin' (3) White Lightnin' (3) - White Lightnin'(LP, Album) Island Records ILPS 9325 US 1975 Sell This Version

Featuring & Presenting

Gary Kurfirst - Too Tough To Die (A Tribute To Johnny Ramone) album art Various Various - Too Tough To Die (A Tribute To Johnny Ramone) Anchor Bay Entertainment, Anchor Bay Entertainment US 2008 Sell This Version

Conducting & Leading

Gary Kurfirst - Legalize It album art Peter Tosh Peter Tosh - Legalize It (Album) CBS, CBS New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version

Production

Gary Kurfirst - Stop Making Sense album art Talking Heads Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense LaserDisc Japan 1984 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Stop Making Sense album art Talking Heads Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense (Album) EMI Europe 1984 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Music From Siesta album art Miles Davis / Marcus Miller Miles Davis / Marcus Miller - Music From Siesta (Album) Warner Bros. Records Portugal 1987 Sell This Version
PRO-A-3002 Gary Kurfirst - Music From Siesta album art Miles Davis / Marcus Miller Miles Davis / Marcus Miller - Music From Siesta(12", Promo) Warner Bros. Records PRO-A-3002 US 1987 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Mental Jewelry album art Live Live - Mental Jewelry (Album) Radioactive Germany 1991 Sell This Version
RAR5P-2474 Gary Kurfirst - Strength To Endure  album art Ramones Ramones - Strength To Endure (CD, Single, Promo) Radioactive RAR5P-2474 US 1992 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Mondo Bizarro album art Ramones Ramones - Mondo Bizarro (Album) Chrysalis UK 1992 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Poison Heart album art Ramones Ramones - Poison Heart (Single) Chrysalis UK 1992 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Acid Eaters album art Ramones Ramones - Acid Eaters (Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis Australia 1993 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Dig album art Dig Dig - Dig (Album) Radioactive US 1993 Sell This Version
RAR5P-2844 Gary Kurfirst - Journey To The Center Of The Mind  album art Ramones Ramones - Journey To The Center Of The Mind (CD, Single, Promo) Radioactive RAR5P-2844 US 1993 Sell This Version
RAR5P-2595 Gary Kurfirst - I Believe album art Lulabox Lulabox - I Believe(CD, Single, Promo) Radioactive RAR5P-2595 US 1993 Sell This Version
WSL5P-2805 Gary Kurfirst - Feet Don't Touch The Ground album art Dig Dig - Feet Don't Touch The Ground(CD, Single, Promo) Wasteland WSL5P-2805 US 1993 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Angelfish album art Angelfish (2) Angelfish (2) - Angelfish (Album) Radioactive US 1994 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Control album art Traci Lords Traci Lords - Control (Single, Maxi) Radioactive US 1994 Sell This Version
Live Selling The Drama Live - Selling The Drama (Single, Maxi) Radioactive US 1994 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Throwing Copper album art Live Live - Throwing Copper (Album, EP) Radioactive US 1994 Sell This Version
CDSUB1 Gary Kurfirst - Substitute album art Ramones Ramones - Substitute(CD, Single, Promo) Chrysalis CDSUB1 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
RARC-10997 Gary Kurfirst - Live album art Live Live - Live(Cass, S/Sided, Promo, Smplr) Radioactive RARC-10997 US 1994 Sell This Version
MCADS 32998 Gary Kurfirst - White, Discussion album art Live Live - White, Discussion(CD, Single) Radioactive, MCA Records MCADS 32998 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - Fallen Angel album art Traci Lords Traci Lords - Fallen Angel (Single, Maxi) Radioactive US 1995 Sell This Version
Gary Kurfirst - All Over You album art Live All Over You Live - All Over You (Single) Radioactive Europe 1995 Sell This Version