August 25, 2008

McNamee talks about bands and business

Roger McNamee of Elevation Partners (and of the band Moonalice) spent three years advising the Grateful Dead on their business. Avram Davis interviews him in the August 1st issue of Mergers and Acquisitions Journal. McNamee explains how music shapes his work in “Inspired: It’s no secret Elevation Partners’ Roger McNamee is into his music…” He talks about the similarities between launching a band and building a company.

Summer exhibit of Altman photos

Robert Altman, chief photographer of Rolling Stone during the 1960s has a retrospective of his work now showing at London’s Idea Generation Gallery. Altman is known for his photos of Dead concerts, antiwar demonstrations, and writers, musicians, and cultural figures of the time such as Ken Kesey, Carlos Santana, and Timothy Leary --memorable events and iconic figures from an important historic American period.


Author and neurologist Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain (Knopf, 2007) “investigates the power of music to move us, to heal and to haunt us.” As Emma Williams notes in her review of this work in The Lancet (vol.371, March 22-28, 2008) Sacks leads the reader through summer camps, concert halls, hospital wards, and a Grateful Dead concert in search of illumination. With its “meditations on self and will, memory and creativity, illness and healing” he provides insight on what it means to be human.