Management (Artist, Road, Tour)

John Byrne Cooke

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Presented in conjunction with the Rock Hall's 2009 American Music Masters Series tribute to Janis Joplin

Interviewed by Dr. Lauren Onkey

This event featured screenings of Cooke's 8mm films of Janis Joplin, shot throughout years on the road with her, which offer a unique and intimate view of this too-often misunderstood rock icon.

John Byrne Cooke was Janis Joplin’s road manager from December 1967 until her death in October 1970. A writer, photographer and filmmaker, Cooke contributed ten essays on Janis Joplin and her music to Janis Joplin, A Performance Diary (1997). In June 1967, John was a member of the D.A. Pennebaker film crew that filmed the Monterey International Pop Festival.

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Kirk West

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Interviewed by Warren Zanes

Also called the "tour mystic," Kirk West got to where he is not because he was a tour manager by profession.  Rather, his passion for the Allman Brothers was the key, starting when West was a "hippie living in a van." 

Over the course of time, West became the band's photographer, friend, archivist, and, finally, tour manager.  His story is a classic in many ways; it's often the case that a trust builds up between an individual and a band and then a job follows. West has helped to open The Big House, an Allman Brothers museum in Macon, Georgia that was once home to the band.



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