Seymour Stein—the document trade luminary who signed Madonna, Ramones, Speaking Heads, and extra to his label Sire Information—has died, The New York Instances studies. Stein’s daughter Mandy Stein mentioned he died at residence on Sunday of most cancers. He was 80.
Stein was infatuated with the recording trade from an early age. After highschool, he labored at Billboard and received his begin on the label entrance at King Information—the Cincinnati soul label that was residence to James Brown. In 1966, he co-founded Sire with Richard Gottehrer.
As a co-founder of Sire Information, Stein helped break the careers of a few of the most iconic artists in standard music and was a key champion of punk rock and new wave. Along with Ramones and Speaking Heads, Sire introduced within the Replacements, the Pretenders, the Saints, the Smiths, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, Lifeless Boys, the Undertones, Echo & the Bunnymen, Ministry, Depeche Mode, Tender Cell, and extra.
He famously signed Madonna when she visited him along with his hospital mattress. Stein was a part of the group of trade professionals who began the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame. There’s a Belle & Sebastian music on The Boy With the Arab Strap known as “Seymour Stein.” His memoir Siren Track: My Life in Music was launched in 2018.