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Big Life: A Search for Music and Balance

Friday 28 March 2014

1 Hour


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One of the music industry’s most successful managers Jazz Summers and the collaborator on his autobiography, novelist Joe Stretch, talk to broadcaster David Freeman about chronicling his extraordinary and colourful life and the story of the major bands he has managed, The event is accompanied by some of the music that has played a big part in Summers’ life. Summers was a soldier who became a musician and then a successful manager, including of Wham, The Verve and Snow Patrol. Boy George describes him as ‘totally rock n roll, but a bit jazz’.

His life is told for the first time in Big Life, a biography that he worked on with novelist Stretch. Life has taken Summers from 1960s Boogie Street to the 1970s folk clubs of New York and the cocaine-fuelled boardrooms of 1980s Los Angeles. He married Yazz, and his artists have sold more than 60 million albums and had more than 100 top-40 hits. He continues to be a major figure in the music industry today, managing La Roux, Badly Drawn Boy and Richard Ashcroft.

Stretch is the author of three novels, including his latest, The Adult.