...curious syntax and miscellaneous crimes against grammar
"He took me aside one day and asked what a relatively well-educated person was doing digging his
Jerusalem artichokes," says Marot.
After that, Rice let Marot use his studio but advised him against working in the industry. In 1977, Marot and his band, Pools of Sound, nearly clinched a record deal with Virgin. "They did the usual
thing I'm now in charge of," says Marot. "They came to see the band and talked to us for months about what they might do with us and plans we might have.
"But then fate dealt a double blow. Punk burst on the scene, and Marot was hospitalised with a bout of toxoplasmosis, which he caught gardening. "The kind of jazz/rock/fusion we were doing was no longer wanted. Basically, the Sex Pistols killed me," Marot says.
He recovered from his illness but was told by the doctor to give up manual work. So Marot took a job in London working behind the counter of Our Price records in Hounslow. "It was a small, funky operation at the time and we were the smallest shop. We used to call it the `meager-store,'" Marot says.
Marot secured a job with a small publishing company after offering to work for free for six weeks. But his real big break came when he was offered a job as a talent scout for Blue Mountain, an offshoot of Island.
"I immediately said: `Yes'. It was Island and I desperately wanted to work for Island," says Marot who, with his brother, had been a collector of the label's records for years. What he didn't know was that Blue Mountain was also the personal company of Chris Blackwell, the place where he stashed all his favourite assets like Marley's catalogue, Free and U2.
"He was pissed off that they had hired someone he hadn't met and instructed the guy who did it to tell me to go. But he didn't," Marot recalls. He was fobbed off for weeks with a "trickle of excuses" as to why he couldn't start work.
Frustrated, he eventually just turned up and asked for a telephone. "About three days later, Blackwell summoned me to his office. My living legend was just about to fire me before I'd even started," Marot says. In the
event, Marot was so full of ideas for the company that Blackwell was bowled over. Instead of giving him the sack, he doubled Marot's salary and appointed him managing director of Blue Mountain. Marot took charge of Island when PolyGram, which was owned by the Dutch electronics giant Philips, took it over nine years ago.
Read the rest here: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/the-hilary-clarke-interv...
I would have loved this book when I was at University and trying to break into the music industry, and I am sure others would too.
I got asked about my story last night, which sparked this idea, and the chap seemed genuinely interested. He then told me of his failed attempts at getting into Journalism, despite winning an award for work he'd done. Which was why he asked.
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