Dannie Flesher Dies Of Pneumonia
January 13, 2010 at 5:57 PM (PT)
DANNIE FLESHER, co-owner of the acclaimed WAX TRAX record store and label in CHICAGO during the ‘80s and ‘90s, has died at age 57 of pneumonia. FLESHER and his life and label partner JIM NASH opened a WAX TRAX store in DENVER in the ‘70s, then moved their operation to CHICAGO in 1978. Their store, stocked with imported punk and electronic music, defined the cutting edge in the city’
In the ‘80s, the store expanded into a label that became the world headquarters for boundary-pushing artists who bridged disco, electronic music, rock, and the avant-garde.
"JIM was the face of the label, but DANNIE played a major role; he and Jim brainstormed everything together," CHICAGO TRAX studio owner REID HYAMS told the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.