Oh Bondage Up Yours … Punk Rock CEO’s

I had my attention drawn to an article about Tim Eades, a “Punk Rock CEO” in Los Angeles recently – see Tim’s article at Punk Rock Leadership.  Tim started life as a punk in London and more recently took up the role of CEO at vArmour, an LA based security firm. There are some resonances in Tim’s article with my own writings in Punk Rock People Management and it’s even feasible that I may have met Tim, since he seemed to follow punk bands like The Damned. Here’s some parallels we have noted between punk rock and business leadership done as a series of pithy quotes from the artists themselves:

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Come along to our launch party tomorrow June 09 in Kent, featuring The Godfather of Punk, Richard Strange. Richard led proto-punk band The Doctors of Madness and has appeared in Batman, Harry Potter and Robin Hood alongside performances with Tom Waits, Peter Capaldi, Spandau Ballet et al. It will be a great night. Get your tickets at Punk Rock.

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6 responses to “Oh Bondage Up Yours … Punk Rock CEO’s

  1. Hi Peter, it would be great to see a reference to The Stranglers in some of your work…. I say this, because they were the most commercially successful of all of the groups from that era and were anything but orthodox… With some of the bands from that period you could argue that they had a form of business plan and were driven by their respective managers to do certain things, dress certain ways and work with the press to achieve notoriety. The Stranglers did nothing of the sort, they concentrated on the quality of their music (product), ignored a great deal of publicity (marketing), but focused deeply on their fans (customers). In fact, far from ignoring some of the publicity, they actively fought it, upsetting many of the art school, politically driven journalists of the day and even gaff taping one to the Eiffel Tower…

    I am sure there’s a wonderful blog to be written about this and don’t think the should be ignored in the continual build up of your excellent work !

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  2. When asked by A&M Records in the US whether they agreed with the production of a compilation album, consisting of the best tracks from the 1st 2 albums – (and in my opinion most of the tracks from their 1st 2 albums are worthy of an entry) – they sent a frank telex to the offices of A&M, saying, “Get F***ed, love The Stranglers” and of course they went on to be one of, if not the most commercially successful bands of the era. Any band who strays from the air of caution deserves a mention, if not a mention for the sheer amount of chart entries they achieved regardless of the fact they have been largely ignored. Just my opinion.


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