How To Go From Caddy To Geffen Records President

Before big record companies ate each other up like an ’80s game of Pac Man, Geffen Records was a tremendously successful company (maybe today’s equivalent would be Big Machine).  They had John Lennon, Guns N’ Roses, Don Henley, and many more.  

Then, the label was shut down and turned into an imprint.  That means Interscope, its owner (which itself is owned by the Universal Music Group), put music out under the Geffen label name, but nobody worked for a Geffen label.  It was all pretend.  

Fast forward to today.  A former fan of the label got the chance to open its doors again (metaphorically).  Here’s his story.  And his plan.  It’s pretty interesting.  Why don’t you click on the headline and read?


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Professor David Philp is Assistant Professor Music Management & Popular Music Studies at William Paterson University. He is the co-host of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & More, which airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too).  Your favorite professor is also co-author (with Dr. Steve Marcone) of Managing Your Band – 6th Edition.  Reach him at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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