Destroying Music


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  • Emanuel: Hands off with Ticketmaster, Lolla – WBEZ Chicago
    • As first reported here on Monday, mayoral frontrunner Rahm Emanuel has received campaign contributions from the two top executives at the controversial and monopolistic national concert giant Ticketmaster/Live Nation: $5,000 from ruthless CEO Michael Rapino and $10,000 from executive chairman Irving Azoff, the infamous “Poison Dwarf” whose nickname is thoroughly explained in Fred Dannen’s timeless music-business exposé, Hit Men.

      These contributions come at a time when Ticketmaster/Live Nation is looking to secure a long-term contract for a concert venue on Northerly Island, as well as any other advantage it can grab over its independent rivals in this market. (Acting as its local attorney, another mayoral candidate, Gery Chico, nearly succeeded in helping the mega-corporation wrest the Uptown Theatre away from Jam Productions a few years ago, and Ticketmaster/Live Nation remains eager to secure a venue of that size in Chicago.)

      Rahm’s brother, Hollywood talent agent Ari Emanuel, serves on the board of directors of Ticketmaster/Live Nation. What’s more, Ari’s agency, William Morris Endeavor, owns 50 percent of Lollapalooza, which has a tax- and competition-free deal keeping it in Grant Park through 2018. And no fewer than 15 William Morris employees have donated a total of $141,000 to Rahm’s campaign.

  • Rahm Emanuel: Pal$ with thuggish concert giants Ticketmaster / Live Nation and Lollapalooza   – WBEZ Chicago
  • Who Dares Challenge Ticketmaster? New Face for the Hunchback – Chicago Reader