Paul McManus


Oral History Information

Paul McManus recalls the moment he first heard the recording of T Rex. It is a moment most of us can relate to when music enters our lives in a way that we can’t deny. He began playing guitar in local bands and later switched to bass, playing at clubs and college parties. Paul had a twenty-year career in retail before landing the CEO position at the Music Industry Association, where he combined his experiences in retail with this passion for music. He joined the MIA in 2003 and at once saw opportunities to engage segments of the British music industry not well represented at the time by creating nationwide programs and events such as his Learn to Play Day.