Gary Kurfirst

Real Name:
Gary Kurfirst
Manager, promoter, producer, publisher, label owner: born New York, 1947; married (one son, one daughter); died Nassau, the Bahamas 13 January 2009.

Longstanding manager of the Ramones, he was one of the people who made things that little bit easier for the notoriously moody quartet whose contribution to popular music was finally recognised when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

He also looked after the groundbreaking bands Talking Heads, Blondie, & The B-52's. In addition he worked with, Jane's Addiction, Shirley Manson of Garbage and the former Clash guitarist, Mick Jones, when he led Big Audio Dynamite. Although US-based, Kurfirst managed several British groups as well, including Eurythmics, the Waterboys, Angelfish, the Thompson Twins and Black Grape.

In a career lasting over 40 years and taking in concert promotion and music publishing as well as management, Kurfirst's biggest commercial success came at Radioactive when he discovered the angsty US band Live playing at CBGB's.
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Writing & Arrangement

ILPS 9325 Gary Kurfirst - White Lightnin' album art White Lightnin' (3) White Lightnin' (3) - White Lightnin' (Album) Island Records ILPS 9325 US 1975 Sell This Version

Featuring & Presenting

DV15233, ZDV15233LIT, ZDV15233BKT Gary Kurfirst - Too Tough To Die (A Tribute To Johnny Ramone) album art Various Various - Too Tough To Die (A Tribute To Johnny Ramone) Anchor Bay Entertainment, Anchor Bay Entertainment DV15233, ZDV15233LIT, ZDV15233BKT US 2008 Sell This Version

Conducting & Leading

SBP 234873, PC 34253 Gary Kurfirst - Legalize It album art Peter Tosh Peter Tosh - Legalize It (Album) CBS, CBS SBP 234873, PC 34253 New Zealand 1976 Sell This Version


PMV 156 2 Gary Kurfirst - Stop Making Sense album art Talking Heads Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense (Album) PolyGram Music Video PMV 156 2 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
W2 25655 Gary Kurfirst - Music From Siesta album art Miles Davis / Marcus Miller Miles Davis / Marcus Miller - Music From Siesta (Album) Warner Bros. Records W2 25655 US 1987 Sell This Version
VM 60064 Gary Kurfirst - Storytelling Giant album art Talking Heads Wild Wild Life Talking Heads - Storytelling Giant (Comp) Picture Music International VM 60064 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
RARD 10346 Gary Kurfirst - Mental Jewelry album art Live Live - Mental Jewelry (Album) Radioactive RARD 10346 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
RAR5P-2474 Gary Kurfirst - Strength To Endure  album art Ramones Ramones - Strength To Endure (CD, Single, Promo) Radioactive RAR5P-2474 US 1992 Sell This Version
RARDM 54442 Gary Kurfirst - The Beauty Of Gray album art Live Live - The Beauty Of Gray(CD, EP) Radioactive RARDM 54442 US 1992 Sell This Version
0946 3 21960 4 0 Gary Kurfirst - Mondo Bizarro album art Ramones Ramones - Mondo Bizarro (Album) Chrysalis 0946 3 21960 4 0 Greece 1992 Sell This Version
CHS 3917 Gary Kurfirst - Poison Heart album art Ramones Ramones - Poison Heart (Single) Chrysalis CHS 3917 UK 1992 Sell This Version
RAR5P-2896 Gary Kurfirst - Substitute	 album art Ramones Ramones - Substitute (Single) Radioactive RAR5P-2896 US 1993 Sell This Version
rard-10916, mcd10916 Gary Kurfirst - Dig album art Dig Dig - Dig (Album) Radioactive rard-10916, mcd10916 UK 1993 Sell This Version
8 27676 2, 370 827676 2 Gary Kurfirst - Acid Eaters album art Ramones Ramones - Acid Eaters (Album) Chrysalis, Chrysalis 8 27676 2, 370 827676 2 Brazil 1993 Sell This Version
RAR5P-2844 Gary Kurfirst - Journey To The Center Of The Mind  album art Ramones Ramones - Journey To The Center Of The Mind (CD, Single, Promo) Radioactive RAR5P-2844 US 1993 Sell This Version
RAR3P-2658 Gary Kurfirst - Ramones Talkin' Mondo Bizarro album art Ramones Ramones - Ramones Talkin' Mondo Bizarro(CD, Ltd, Promo) Radioactive RAR3P-2658 US 1993 Sell This Version
RAR5P-2595 Gary Kurfirst - I Believe album art Lulabox Lulabox - I Believe(CD, Single, Promo) Radioactive RAR5P-2595 US 1993 Sell This Version
WSL5P-2805 Gary Kurfirst - Feet Don't Touch The Ground album art Dig Dig - Feet Don't Touch The Ground(CD, Single, Promo) Wasteland WSL5P-2805 US 1993 Sell This Version
rard-10917 Gary Kurfirst - Angelfish album art Angelfish (2) Angelfish (2) - Angelfish (Album) Radioactive rard-10917 US 1994 Sell This Version
RAD 33560 Gary Kurfirst - I Alone album art Live Live - I Alone (Single) Radioactive RAD 33560 France 1994 Sell This Version
RAR3P 2979 Live Selling The Drama Live - Selling The Drama (Single, Maxi) Radioactive RAR3P 2979 US 1994 Sell This Version
RARC 10997 Gary Kurfirst - Throwing Copper album art Live Live - Throwing Copper (Album, EP) Radioactive RARC 10997 United Arab Emirates 1994 Sell This Version
RARDM-54953 Gary Kurfirst - Control album art Traci Lords Traci Lords - Control (Single, Maxi) Radioactive RARDM-54953 US 1994 Sell This Version
MCADS 32998 Gary Kurfirst - White, Discussion album art Live Live - White, Discussion(CD, Single) Radioactive, MCA Records MCADS 32998 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
RAD 11224 Gary Kurfirst - It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah album art Black Grape Black Grape - It's Great When You're Straight...Yeah(CD, Album) Radioactive RAD 11224 UK 1995 Sell This Version