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An article on Neil Young at Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, CA with producer David Geffen and promoter Bill Graham
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Date: Fri, 23 Aug 96 13:43:20 GMT
From: "B. Sorensen" <email@example.com>
Subject: LA Times, Sept. 22, 1975
Hey Rusties - here's some weekend fun for you. I found this article
Neil-related book. A publication all hard-core Neilites ought to have. But
which one is it? Just how hard is your core? If you think you know where
this comes from tell me. Sorry, no prizes....
ROXY: POP-ROCK TAKES A STEP UPTOWN
"Well I made more enemies today than in my whole life," David Geffen,
of the partners in the new Roxy Theater, complained to Bill Graham
Thursday afternoon in a way that made you know he really liked the
attention of being besieged by friends for tickets to Neil Young's sold-out
opening that night.
Graham, the San Francisco-based rock producer who is planting his first
real roots in Los Angeles as a partner in the club, was ready with his own
tale of woe.
"Los Angeles is really different from San Francisco," he said, laughing
himself at the calls he had been receiving Thursday. "Up there I might
have two or three quote stars unquote calling me for tickets - record
artists or important people around town.
But here everyone is a quote star unquote. Guys all day have been calling
up saying, 'Billy, baby, this is Harry. I need six tickets for tonight.'
"Harry, Harry, who in the hell is Harry? Then he tells me he's the
vice president of Bugaloo Records or something and that he would consider
it a personal favor. If I'm in a good mood I tell him I'll try to find him
some standing room in the kitchen..." He, too, obviously liked the
Even more than Neil Young, the real star Thursday was the Roxy itself,
stylish, elaborate step uptown for contemporary pop-rock music, and the
five men who put it together.
Ever since rumors about a new club began circulating months ago, there
been enormous record industry attention focused on it. The reason: Three of
the industry's genuine titans were behind it - Lou Adler, David Geffen and
Elliott Roberts, who, through either record company or management firms,
are associated with such artists as Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Neil
Young, Cheech & Chong, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, America,
Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne and Eagles.
Because Adler, Geffen and Roberts have dealt so closely with artists
long, they felt they could provide an atmosphere that would eliminate many
of the hassles that artists complain about in clubs. Thus, they could not
only lure major acts who have moved onto large, 10.000 and 15.000-seat
halls back to Roxy for an occasional, intimate appearance, but attract new
talentby providing a comfortable (there are even carpeted dressing rooms
with showers) surroundings.
Graham joined the Roxy partnership this week, adding even more power
stature. The fifth partner is Chuck Landis, who formerly ran the Largo
burleque club in the building at 9090 Sunset Blvd., that now houses the
Roxy. By opening with Neil Young and following (in upcoming weeks) with
such acts as Richie Havens, Cheech & Chong, Poco, Jackson Browne, B.B.
King, Miles Davis [ ] the Temptations [ ] strength of the club is
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holding the newpaper in this photo....
Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies
Aalborg University, Denmark
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