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2010 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee David Geffen Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

David Geffen

  • Year:
  • Inducted by:
    Jackson Browne
  • Category:
    Ahmet Ertegun Award
David Geffen Signature

Which superstars has David Geffen worked with? There are too many to list.

He founded both Asylum Records and Geffen Records, homes to Guns n’ Roses, Elton John, Nirvana, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Bob Dylan at one time or another.

Hall of Fame Essay


Anthony DeCurtis

David Geffen once asked Ahmet Ertegun about the key to being successful in the music industry.

“If you’re lucky, you bump into a genius,” the founder of Atlantic Records and co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame explained, “and a genius will make you rich in the music business.”

Geffen took that advice to heart throughout his long, distinguished career, and that’s one of the reasons why it’s especially appropriate for him to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year as a recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2010 Induction Ceremony Program Cover
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David Geffen is centered in his love of music.

Jackson Browne



Photography: Getty/WireImage

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