Mo Ostin

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Pretty amazing what he did at Warner Bros. throughout pretty much is entire time there. Obviously he didn't do everything, but he built an amazing team for the label: Lenny Waronker, Karin Berg, Michael Hill, etc. the list goes on, all great people who deeply cared about music and had impeccable taste in looking towards the future.

The year he left, the Flaming Lips had their first hit and Tom Petty (who was wooed over the WB from MCA) had his most popular non-compilation album, also his very first for the label. A lot of people left and a lot of new people came in the following year, including a new guy who became notorious for refusing to put out Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, a slap in the face to the artist-friendly reputation that had been built up at the label. (Yes, Prince had his troubles, but in all honesty, he was very demanding and I think they were generally accommodating - if only they had let him retain ownership of his masters, I don't think it's a stretch that it could've remained a fruitful relationship for at least another decade.)

birdistheword, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 00:41 (one month ago) link

https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1994-12-11-ca-10574-story.html Profile and interview from 1994.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 01:24 (one month ago) link

I had to look up that house. This may not be quite it - it mentions a major renovation, so I have no idea how much was changed - but yeah, damn fine home.

https://www.amlu.com/2017/01/29/former-home-of-record-executive-mo-ostin-fetches-4-8m-in-pacific-palisades/

birdistheword, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 01:39 (one month ago) link

xpost -- I remember reading that story at the time.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 2 August 2022 02:21 (one month ago) link


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