Ben Edmonds, Former Creem Editor, A&R Exec And Rock Journalist, 65, Passes
March 11, 2016 at 1:13 PM (PT)
BEN EDMONDS, a former CREEM and RECORD WORLD editor who co-authored "Backstage Passes" with AL KOOPER, passed away today from pancreatic cancer at 65 in his DETROIT home, according to a FACEBOOK post by his ex-colleague JAAN UHELSZKI.
The MASSACHUSETTS-born EDMONDS was also a contributor to ROLLING STONE and the U.S. correspondent for MOJO.
Writes UHELSZKI: "He spoke slowly and purposely with big, cultured vowel sounds, and was certainly more genteel and politique than the rest of us at CREEM. He gave an inordinate amount of time and energy to his wardrobe and dressed in a symphony of whites and beiges. In fact he often outdressed the very rock stars he was there to interview."
EDMONDS was a big supporter of IGGY AND THE STOOGES, producing their album, "Kill City." He also worked as an A&R executive at ARISTA in LONDON, where he signed IGGY POP and SIMPLE MINDS, and CAPITOL/EMI in both LONDON and LOS ANGELES as well as being part of THE DOORS management team.
He also wrote the 2002 book, "What's Going On?: MARVIN GAYE And The Last Days Of The MOTOWN Sound."