“IF IT AIN’T STIFF …. IT AIN’T WORTH A F@#!”
The creator of this tagline Dave Robinson, the irrepressible, enigmatic co-founder of Stiff Records is a delight, chatting about his fascinating career. Dave Robinson is one of the music industry’s true legends responsible for launching the careers of some of the UK’s biggest names: Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Kirsty McColl, Madness, and the Pogues.
Dave befriended and managed Van Morrison who slept on his couch for 9 months, was Road and Tour manager for Jimi Hendrix, and also did major tours in the US with Eric Burdon & The Animals, The Young Rascals and Vanilla Fudge. He partied and clubbed with The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jim Morrison and The Doors.
Returning to London he managed Brinsley Schwarz, Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Ian Dury and Elvis Costello.
With Jake Riviera, he started Stiff Records and signed The Damned, Motorhead, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Tracey Ullman, The Plasmatics, Jona Lewie, Ian Dury & The Blockheads, Kirsty McColl, The Box Tops, The Adverts, Lene Lovich, The Pogues, Madness and many more.
Eventually he headed up Island Records where he oversaw the careers of U2, Robert Palmer, Frankie Goes to Hollywood amongst others.
He was also responsible for the creation of 25 London pub music venues including the legendary Hope & Anchor in Islington – recently refurbished and back again hosting live music.
Dave Robinson is a naturally engaging person – he has to be to have had such an amazing life. Surprises, fun, laughter and real insight into the workings of the music industry are the treat if you have him as your dinner speaker. His talk can be accompanied by some great images and music too, if required.