By Blurt Staff
Legendary London scenester, deal-maker and producer Giorgio Gomelsky has passed away at the age of 81, from colon cancer, reports the New York Times. He was living in the Bronx at the time. Gomelsky, of course, was known as the man who gave the Rolling Stones their first big break by booking them to play his Crawdaddy Club in the early ’60s; he also acted as the manager and producer for the Yardbirds, additionally working with the Animals, Soft Machine, Brian Auger and John McLaughlin.
By the ’70s he had dipped decisively into Prog-rock, working with Gong, Henry Cow and Magma, eventually moving to New York in ’78 and continuing to pursue his interest in cutting edge and avant-garde music.
Quoted at one point in journalist Richie Unterberger’s outstanding book Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators and Eccentric Visionaries of ’60s Rock, he said, “I had no presumption, assumption or desire to have a career in the music business. I just wanted to prove a point. I was passionately interested in change, and change was needed.”