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David Kronemyer

David Kronemyer
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Mr. David Kronemyer started his career in the music business playing 12-string electric guitar in a folk rock band. Lacking sufficient talent to continue as a performer he began to manage bands and promote shows. He formerly was Vice President of Capitol Records and Senior Vice President of Atlantic Records. Segueing to the movie business he became President of Gold Circle Films and then President of Cerberus Films. He currently is producing records and directing independent movies, none of which have much commercial potential.

What Likely Happened to the Royalties from ‘Sugar Man’

The 2012 movie “Searching for Sugar Man” belatedly made a minor star out of the musician Sixto Diaz Rodriguez. Its basic premise is that somehow his records became hits in South Africa but everybody thought he was dead, so they went looking for him. In fact, he was alive all along in Detroit, pursuing a modest career as a day laborer. Rodriguez was signed to the independent label Sussex Records.

Listening in Colors: Lydia Purple

MuseWire COLUMN: Lydia Purple is one of those songs that, for me, encapsulate an era. It is evocative and redolent of the late 1960s....

Back to the Byrds House: Eight Miles High

MuseWire COLUMN: “Eight Miles High” is one of the greatest songs of all time. It influenced me significantly and from what I can discern...

Getting the Right Guitar Tone – version 113.5

MuseWire COLUMN: It’s a rainy day in Southern California so I decided to fool around with one of the things I like doing best...

Deconstructing the Doors

MuseWire COLUMN: When did the Doors' records start going downhill? The answer to this question is shortly after their third record, however, the band's...

Sun Ra and the Meaning of Being

Music Industry Newswire COLUMN: African-American spirituality has been expressed in a profound tradition of music dating back to the first days of slavery in the United States. One of the consistent lyrical themes of this genre is the temporality of life, its transience and impermanence, the problem of evil, and the promise of a better world to come.

Who Has a Better Guitar Sound – Eric Clapton (on Fresh Cream and Disraeli Gears) or Jimmy Page (on Led Zeppelin...

MuseWire COLUMN: This is not about who is the better guitar player, viz, Eric Clapton or Jimmy Page. Maybe the question (and their theoretical...

Rash of Tuba Thefts Plagues Los Angeles

MuseWire COLUMN: The Los Angeles Times recently has carried several stories about a series of tuba thefts that have plagued local area high schools,...

Review: John Bowen SOLARIS – First Look at John Bowen’s New Synth – the ‘Solaris’

MuseWire REVIEW: Yes, OK, it took him a long time to get them done, and some people still haven’t gotten theirs from the initial...

On the Front Lines at NAMM 2012

MuseWire COLUMN: For immediate dispatch from the wild and wooly frontier south of Disneyland – after a decade of resisting the blandishments and imprecations...

Dancing at the Sundance Film Festival

MuseWire COLUMN: The Sundance Film Festival begins today (January 19th) in Park City, Utah, and runs for an exhausting 10 days through January 29th....

Wikipedia Shuts Itself Down (for a Day)

Music Industry Newswire COLUMN: Somehow the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia managed to get backed into a political corner where it had to shut itself down for a day (January 18th) in order to demonstrate solidarity with those protesting proposed legislation to restrict the prerogatives of web site owners.

Clear Channel Diversifies into Doing Something, Though Nobody Is Clear on Exactly What

MuseWire COLUMN: A press release today (January 17th) from Clear Channel announces a new division called Entertainment Enterprises, to be headed by John Sykes....

Deconstructing Pop Culture: Capitol’s Distributed Labels (and the Economics of P&D Deals)

MuseWire COLUMN: By 1984 I had become gravely concerned (of course along with other key executives) about the profitability of Capitol-EMI’s U.S. labels. I...

Deconstructing Pop Culture: CEMA Distribution – A Brief History

MuseWire COLUMN: Part of a continuing series on the history of Capitol-EMI Music. One of the themes I pursued with Bhaskar Menon...

Deconstructing Pop Culture: Information Flows in the Entertainment Business

MuseWire COLUMN: This note is about what I have come to characterize as the entropy or misalignment of how information gets transmitted in...

Deconstructing Pop Culture: Virgin Records

MuseWire COLUMN: At the end of the previous post in this series we left the Koppelman regime “in full affect.” It was a truism...

COLUMN: Capitol-EMI in the Late 1980s – Early 1990s

MuseWire COLUMN: The history of Capitol-EMI in the late 1980s – early 1990s is one of constant turmoil and upheaval. Management devised, attempted...

The Billboard Top 200

MuseWire COLUMN: For some time Billboard Magazine published a “Top 200” chart, which purported to identify the 200 best-selling records in the country. It...

Capitol Records under Bhaskar Menon

COLUMN: In April 1971 Joseph Lockwood (then chairman of EMI) fired Stanley Gortikov as president of Capitol Industries and Sal Iannucci as president of...

The Last Days of United Artists Records (with Comments on the Thirteen Colonies Syndrome and the Masterpiece Theater Effect)

COLUMN: I thought it might be interesting to recapitulate the last days of United Artists Music and Records Group, Inc. ("UAR") and the circumstances...

Capitol-EMI’s Early Management – with Comments on Moral Hazard and the Fading Diva Syndrome

COLUMN: Johnny Mercer was Capitol's first president. Glen Wallichs succeeded Mercer in 1947. Alan Livingston succeeded Wallichs in 1961. One of Livingston's main accomplishments...

The Early History of Capitol Records

COLUMN: Johnny Mercer, Glen Wallichs and Buddy DeSylva founded Capitol Records, Inc. in 1942. For a history of Capitol see Grein, P. (1992) Capitol...
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Deconstructing Pop Culture: Which would You Rather Own – Warner Music Group, Warner Bros. Studio, or maybe neither?

COLUMN: It always is entertaining to look at Warner Bros.' financial results. Throughout its various permutations and incarnations it has remained a diversified entertainment...
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Deconstructing Pop Culture: 10 Tips for the Hollywood Executive

COLUMN: Busy savoring that new, close-in parking spot? Well you'd better read this if you want to hang on to it. Hollywood long has...
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Deconstructing Pop Culture: Why Do People in the Movie Business Look Down on People in the Record Business?

COLUMN: People in the movie business historically view people in the record business as some kind of inferior beings. Just ask David Geffen when...
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Deconstructing Pop Culture: Record Label Smackdown – CBS Records v. Warner Music Group

COLUMN: The conflict between CBS Records and the Warner Music Group is the stuff of record business legend. During the 1970s – 1980s they...
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Deconstructing Pop Culture: The Beatles’ Contract History with Capitol Records

COLUMN: My previous post on sales of Beatles albums in the U.S. seems to have precipitated a lot of interest so I thought I'd...
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Deconstructing Pop Culture: Things We Know to Be Indubitably True about the Music Business

COLUMN: I thought I would make a list of propositions that everybody in the music business can agree on, regardless of their stance on...
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Deconstructing Pop Culture: How Many Records Did the Beatles Actually Sell?

COLUMN: The Fab Four once again is in the news with the announcement that remastered versions of their catalog will be available in September...

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