British Music Industry

Dave McCluskey was like so many of his peers growing up in Liverpool after the Beatles who joined a rock band. He started off on guitar but switched to bass. In 1988 he landed the perfect job that allowed him to gig at night, while working in music retail during the day. Dave was a salesman for...
John McLaren is the president of BBE Sound, which develops pro audio gear. The company purchased G&L Guitars and has been dedicated to keeping the spirit of the founders and their ideas and traditions evident in each guitar. G&L was originally formed by George Fullerton and Leo Fender and...
Bernard Michaelson was just a teenager when he began working for Frank Hessy. Hessy’s Music store in Liverpool was the hangout for all of the young musicians in the area at a time when bands seemed to be on every street corner. One such band Bernard recalls coming into the store were the Beatles....
Sara Michaelson grew up in the music store her father, Frank Hessy, established in Liverpool, England in the late 1950s. Hessy’s Music was THE store in town to find all of the local bands and to learn of their scheduled gigs. All four members of the Beatles purchased instruments at Hessy’s Music...
Doug Moody was a long time record producer who was not afraid to embrace new music and groups. As a result he helped usher in the teenage girl groups of the 1960s with hits such as “My Boy Friend’s Back” for the Angels. Some years later, he introduced millions of people to punk and skateboard music...
Gavin Mortimer spoke with great understanding of the current challenges the music industry faces. He observed with a brilliant insight that changes such as the advent of Internet are not unlike challenges that the industry has faced head on, time and time again. As president of Headline Music Ltd...
Graham Nash has been an outspoken advocate for music education, especially with regards to programs that provide instruments to young students.  He has often mocked the thinking that allows school budget cuts to affect the music programs.  As a result, Graham has worked with NAMM on raising the...
Rupert Neve is the top echelon of sound engineering. His mixing consoles, with their unique designs and groundbreaking technology, have become mainstays of the recording industry and the stuff of recording legend. His name is hallowed among recording engineers worldwide. From a keen interest in...
Greg Niven was a gear-head at the perfect time - when technology was developing in the 1970s and the great synthesizer boom of innovation was on! He was working in the famed Harrods department store’s music department in London at the time. The store wanted to provide the latest innovations for its...
Brian Nunney was born in Cheltenham, England, and served in the Royal Air Force for four years before he was hired by the Littlewoods Department store.  The company purchased a small music store and asked Brian to run it –as a result he found himself in the music industry.  After working in music...

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