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Paul Rappaport

Paul Rappaport was Senior VP at Columbia Records where he enjoyed a 33 year career in radio promotion and marketing. He is recognized as being instrumental in the careers of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, Santana, Journey, Elvis Costello, Judas Priest, Alice in Chains, and many more. He is also noted as the Co-Creator and Executive Producer of the Emmy Award winning series, A&E’s Live by Request, producing 40 live prime-time television music specials featuring a diverse array of artists from Tony Bennett to David Bowie. An active musician himself since he was fourteen, this adventure also brought great musical opportunities, including an inspirational guitar lesson from Keith Richards and a live onstage appearance with Pink Floyd at the London Arena. Paul joined Judy in 2009 to help build Classics Du Jour into what is now the music industry’s premiere promotion and marketing company for classic rock. At that time he started writing “Backstage Access” for CDJ, which has become a popular music blog filled with insights and inside stories about the many artists he has worked with over the years. Although Paul has stepped away from daily operations to pursue his own interests, he loves CDJ and continues to write “Backstage Access.” His recently formed blues band, Blues Next, is rapidly gaining steam on Long Island, NY where he lives. He is also writing a book about the wild, early days of the rock music business.

Articles by Paul Rappaport

Bruce Springsteen & the Business of the Unexpected

Paul Rappaport and Clarence Clemons

As soon as I hear Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are going on tour, I begin to feel exhilarated. And all you Springsteen fans out there know why. Simply, in the world of rock music, there’s hardly anything more exciting or more uplifting than a Bruce Springsteen concert (save possibly for U2, who … Continue reading Bruce Springsteen & the Business of the Unexpected


It’s Only Rock N’ Roll But I Like It!

Paul Rappaport with Keith Richards

I was reading our own Classics Du Jour the other day when I spied, under “Latest Headlines,” that The Rolling Stones were going to release recordings from two small shows they did in Toronto at the El Macombo club in 1977. These shows have been bootlegged for over 40 the years, and I am one … Continue reading It’s Only Rock N’ Roll But I Like It!


Rock Hall, More Questions, and Live Television with Eurythmics!

Eurythmics Live By Request

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee list for 2022 was just recently released. I guess due to fan pressure, about five years ago the Hall set up an online system for fans to participate in the vote. The way it works is that the top 5 fan vote-getters are put on a single … Continue reading Rock Hall, More Questions, and Live Television with Eurythmics!


Iconic Artists Are Selling Their Catalogs, and It’s a Slippery Slope

Bob Dylan Bruce Springsteen

After recently reading about David Bowie’s estate selling his song catalog to Warner Chappell Music for approximately $250 million, I thought it was high time I cover the subject of why so many classic rock artists are rushing to sell their publishing. The music world, and the world in general, was shocked not too long … Continue reading Iconic Artists Are Selling Their Catalogs, and It’s a Slippery Slope


Herbie Herbert and the Incredible Story of Journey

Rock band Journey in 1981

Recently one of the greatest managers of all-time passed away, Walter “Herbie” Herbert.  He was a valued colleague and friend to a lot of us.  Herbie is best known for creating the band Journey and shepherding the band members through many trials and tribulations to become one of the most beloved and best-selling bands of … Continue reading Herbie Herbert and the Incredible Story of Journey


Tony Bennett – The Extraordinary Man Who Set Me Straight

Paul Rappaport with Tony Bennett

CDJ is classic rock centric, but every now and then I write about another genre of music if I am moved to do so.  I am sure a lot of you watched the recent Anderson Cooper 60 Minutes interview with Tony Bennett, titled Tony Bennett – The Final Act.  And I’m sure if you watched … Continue reading Tony Bennett – The Extraordinary Man Who Set Me Straight


Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President – Plus Personal Insights on Gregg Allman & Bob Dylan

Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President

I thoroughly enjoyed Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President.  I learned a lot from watching it, and I highly recommend the film which you can view on Amazon. This documentary brought back memories of more innocent times and gave a fresh look at the Carter presidency which I think is needed.  So much of what … Continue reading Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President – Plus Personal Insights on Gregg Allman & Bob Dylan


Remembering Walter Yetnikoff

Walter Yetnikoff with Paul McCartney

I first met Walter Yetnikoff when he was the head of CBS’s music International Division from 1971 to 1975, and I wound up working with him when he was president and CEO of CBS Records from 1975 to 1990. Walter was an amazing man. He was an attorney by trade, which helped him negotiate major … Continue reading Remembering Walter Yetnikoff


The Loverboy Story

Loverboy

Excited to see concert dates being booked again starting this summer, I happened upon some Loverboy dates.  I had the pleasure of playing a major role in their career and seeing their name sparked a lot of memories. It occurred to me that many of you who appreciate my writings (PS. Thank you very much), … Continue reading The Loverboy Story


Me and Mick Jagger – It’s Only Rock and Roll but I Like It

Paul Rappaport with the Rolling Stones

For some reason, Mick Jagger’s new solo offering with Dave Grohl, “Easy Sleazy,” is getting a bit of critical blow back, from well, critics.  Perhaps it’s because when you get so big, part of that celebrity status includes people who want to take pot shots at you to bring you down a notch.  Who knows. … Continue reading Me and Mick Jagger – It’s Only Rock and Roll but I Like It


In Memoriam: Personal Stories with Five Greats Who Passed This Year

In memoriam 2021

Watching the “In Memoriam” segment of this year’s Grammy Awards show really shook me.  Not only because we’ve lost so many great artists in the last year, but also because of how many of those artists had touched my life.  Somehow, I was lucky enough to meet and/or work with many of the people listed.  … Continue reading In Memoriam: Personal Stories with Five Greats Who Passed This Year


A Day in the Life with Frank Zappa

Have you watched the Frank Zappa documentary? It’s one of the very best and most moving films you’ll ever see.  I spent $6.99 to watch it and would have spent $100.00.  It’s that good, that compelling, and that important. Unless you’re an avid fan, you probably don’t know that much about Frank Zappa.  I know … Continue reading A Day in the Life with Frank Zappa


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