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Herb Cohen

Herb Cohen

(1933 – 2010)

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Herb Cohen

Herb Cohen
(1933 – 2010)

In memory of

Herb Cohen

(1933 – 2010)
About Herb
This is a tribute to Herb Cohen. Herb Cohen was a record company executive and businessman, best known as the manager of Frank Zappa and many other Los Angeles-based musicians in the 1960s and 1970s.
After a period in the army, he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, and started to put on concerts with folk singers such as Pete Seeger and Odetta. He began running coffee bars and folk clubs, such as The Unicorn and Cosmo Alley, during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
He began acting as manager for many artists, his eventual roster including Screamin' Jay Hawkins, George Duke, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Lenny Bruce, and Linda Ronstadt. He also handled Montreux Jazz Festival tours of Japan and
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About Herb
the US, and produced the US portion of the Nelson Mandela concert in Wembley Stadium upon Mandela's release.
He is best known as the manager of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention from 1965, arranging their first club dates and, after encouraging record producer Tom Wilson to see them perform, securing their first record deal. He and Zappa went on to set up and jointly own the Straight, Bizarre, and DiscReet Records labels. After a ten year association, he and Zappa parted company amid litigation in 1976.
Herb Cohen passed away on the 16th March 2010. This is a memorial to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
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Herb Cohen

This is a tribute to Herb Cohen. Herb Cohen was a record company executive and businessman, best known as the manager of Frank Zappa and many other Los Angeles-based musicians in the 1960s and 1970s.
After a period in the army, he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1950s, and started to put on concerts with folk singers such as Pete Seeger and Odetta. He began running coffee bars and folk clubs, such as The Unicorn and Cosmo Alley, during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
He began acting as manager for many artists, his eventual roster including Screamin' Jay Hawkins, George Duke, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Lenny Bruce, and Linda Ronstadt. He also handled Montreux Jazz Festival tours of Japan and...

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