Staff WriterInfluential rock 'n' roll producer and manager Marty Thau passed away on Thursday, February 13th due to complications from renal failure. He was 75-years-old. Thau's storied career in the music industry began in the 1960s as a record industry executive at Cameo-Parkway and Buddah Records. The New York native would later move on to join an independent production, publishing and management company known as Inherit Productions, as one of three partners. After discovering and later managing American hard rock band New York Dolls, Thau made a name for himself as a dedicated proponent of the punk movement in the late 1960s, culminating in his decision to open indie label Red Star Records where he signed and co-produced notorious protopunk duo Suicide's first album. Thau would go on to work with other influential bands, including the Ramones, Richard Hell and Van Morrison. Before his death, Thau had been living in Petersburg, Virginia, still highly active in the music industry while working on a personal memoir entitled Rockin’ the Bowery (From the New York Dolls to Suicide). Though the memoir remains unpublished, excerpts have been released in various publications, which includes the book's introduction: “Rejection is my middle name. I’ve been called almost every complimentary or contentious name in the book -- from the indefatigable Chairman of Punk Music by those who held me in high regard, to the Pope of New York Rock ‘n’ Roll by France’s prominent Rock & Folk Magazine, to a self-serving son-of-a-bitch by a handful of disgruntled recording artists under contract to my Red Star label (despite indisputable evidence to the contrary), and a no-talent Jew bastard by some of the more emotionally disturbed fascist types who populated the world of old-school punk. Despite the differing perceptions of my character and agenda, I was wise enough to know that all you can do in life is be who you are. Some will love you for yourself, but most will love you for what you can do for them."
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