Giorgio Gomelsky

Giorgio Gomelsky was one of the secret heroes of British rock, and indeed one of the more important non-musicians in rock history. As a promoter and manager he was instrumental in launching the careers of both the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds. His production credits adorn a number of significant recordings, particularly those by the Yardbirds, although his contributions were not merely purely technical expertise, but also inspired, off-the-wall ideas and morale-boosting. Although the Stones and the Yardbirds, of course, went on to become extremely influential and great bands with international hits, Gomelsky tended to work with acts that got more and more underground as time went on. In the late '60s these included cultish psychedelic artists like Julie Driscoll and the Blossom Toes, and in the early '70s early progressive rockers like Gong and Magma; he persevered into the new wave era with Material, Bill Laswell's first band.