Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 1:30pm
Seymour Stein
The Park Theatre
698 Osborne St.

Manitoba Music is proud to present music industry legends Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer in conversation.

Seymour and Richard co-founded Sire Records in 1966. The label has had in indelible impact on popular music, introducing the world to such artists as The Ramones, Talking Heads, Madonna, Depeche Mode, and the Smiths. Today, Sire is home to Regina Spektor, The Veronicas, Tegan and Sara, and more.

Seymour Stein remains active as president of Sire records, while Richard Gottehrer founded and is CCO of digital music giant The Orchard. They will be in Winnipeg to speak about their success as music industry entrepreneurs, Seymour's unparalleled career of discovering and developing talent, and Richard's move from hit songwriter to high profile CEO. They will talk about how their companies have weathered recent changes in the music industry and what they see as the future for record labels and recorded music.

Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer will be in conversation with John Kendle.

Seymour Stein began his career as a clerk at Billboard, formed Sire Productions with Richard Gottehrer in 1966, and first hit the charts with "Hocus Pocus" by Focus in 1973. The label’s big break came in 1975, when Stein signed The Ramones, followed by Talking Heads in 1976. A year later, Sire signed a distribution deal with Warner Brothers and went on to sign some of the most successful acts of our time.

Today, Sire’s model remains the blueprint for American indie labels. Scottish band Belle and Sebastian penned a song, “Seymour Stein,” in his honor after Stein visited them in Scotland. Seymour is currently working with artists such as Regina Spektor, The Veronicas, Tegan and Sara, Against Me!, Hot Hot Heat, and Finland’s HIM. In 2005 Seymour Stein was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the twentieth annual induction dinner.

Richard Gottehrer is Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer of The Orchard. He began his career in the music industry as a songwriter, penning classics such as "My Boyfriend's Back" and "I Want Candy," and was an artist in the 1960s pop group, The Strangeloves.

In 1996, he co-founded leading independent record label Sire Records with fellow luminary Seymour Stein. Sire was later sold to the Time Warner Corporation, and Mr. Gottehrer went on to make a name as a multi-platinum producer for well-known music acts, including Blondie, The Go-Go's, The Raveonettes, and Joan Armatrading before co-founding The Orchard in 1997.

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