About David Steffen

David Steffen is a long-time music biz veteran, getting his start in FM radio before spending 20+ years in the record industry, working at A&M Records , BMG and BMG Video as senior executive in marketing and head of A&R. He then spent two years successfully revitalizing jazz label, GRP Records. He holds a Master’s degree in Humanities and Social Thought from New York University and spent time teaching at the collegiate level before relocating to the Mendocino Coast (wine country!). Today, David is a writer and independent publicist, as well as editor of the monthly newspaper, The Lighthouse Peddler. He can be reached for comment at Jazzdavid@aol.com.

Woodstock: Peace and love, man

In reality, we are all connected just by listening. And perhaps there is something to playwright John Guare's “Six Degrees of Separation”. Or the variations, as in the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, “Six Degrees of der Kommissar” or your own life experience. We are all connected. What we do and say and how we live is all connected. And thinking of Woodstock, maybe we all were, in fact, at Max Yasgur’s farm. In less than six degrees. Peace and love, man.

2019-09-23T12:58:23-04:00Music, Rock History|

Kozmic Blues & Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin’s solo career was cut short by, well, Janis. But while some reviewers trashed her first solo effort – “I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama” – I have always been willing to give it some praise. Because it was a bellwether of the good things to come, even if we only ever got the merest glimpse.

2019-06-03T12:49:21-04:00Music, Rock History|

The Police: Legendary Synchronicity

My friend Gil called me up and invited me to lunch. I was a marketing person and he was president of A&M Records (and my boss) so I immediately knew three things: Lunch would be delicious, Gil would be paying, and I would learn something. From my earliest days in the music business and having [...]


I Didn’t Want to Like KISS, but …

We're announcing the winner of our KISS Sweepstakes TOMORROW, Wednesday, Feb. 13! To help you get amped for the big moment, here's David Steffen talking about the indelible impression the band's made on American music – because as you KISS ARMY peeps know, it's about so much more than crazy makeup and stage antics. Well, sort of ...

2019-02-12T12:23:46-05:00KISS, Music|

The Story of “A Very Special Christmas”

I was working for A&M Records in Hollywood, California … The owners of the label – A&M was privately held for almost 30 years – created a unique and wildly successful business model. There have been plenty of other successful music people, but few like Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss (the “A” and the “M”). [...]

2018-12-10T17:15:34-05:00Music, Rock History|