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announced today that Disarming Films' Academy AwardÂ®-nominated Amy Berg (DELIVER US FROM EVIL, WEST OF MEMPHIS) is directing and producing the upcoming Janis Joplin documentary, JANIS: LITTLE GIRL BLUE. Â Academy AwardÂ®-winner Alex Gibney (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE, THE ARMSTRONG LIE) is producing under his Jigsaw Productions banner with Jeff Jampol
from JAM, Inc
and Billy McMillin (WEST OF MEMPHIS, IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS) is editing.
"We are so proud of Mary Bridget," says JAM president Jeff Jampol.
AN EDUMACATION IN MUSIC: The Music Business Now, a UCLA course taught by Jampol Artist Management Inc
. founder/head Jeff Jampol
and a coterie of industry heavyweights (plus Lenny Beer) begins its spring-quarter classes tonight at the school's Schoenberg Hall at 6pm.
The course's co-Instructors are IGA Vice Chairman Steve Berman, Tom Sturges Music President Tom Sturges, JAM, Inc. manager Arron Saxe and Beer, who will serve as a visiting Co-Instructor/Panel Moderator and promises to open a jumbo can of shut the fuck up whenever Jampol starts bloviating.
In addition to being the industry's premiere manager to the dead - er, legacy artists - Jampol is now a professor at The Herb Alpert School Of Music, teaching the course to Mo Ostin Music Industry Minor undergrads, Anderson School MBA graduate students and others, all of which has made him more insufferable than ever.
would like to remind the class that if an ambulance goes by, all bets are off. (4/2p)
sees to it that stars like Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and Tupac Shakur stay in the spotlight
, who manages the Janis Joplin estate, is positioning the queen of rock 'n' roll to have one of her
best business years since, well, she
Mr. Jampol, who also manages the Doors, as well as the estates of Jim Morrison, Tupac Shakur, Henry Mancini, Otis Redding, Peter Tosh, the Ramones and Rick James, releases records, creates merchandising lines, and produces live theater, among other projects that expose the deceased legends to new audiences.
"I manage these artists exactly as if they were alive still," says Mr. Jampol
"The only thing we don't do is tour and write new music."
Since the artists can't tour, Mr. Jampol
is doing the next best thingâ€"making inroads on Broadway, where actors can stand in for the singers, as in the case of Ms. Joplin, whose show, "A Night With Janis Joplin," toured for two years before coming to Broadway this fall, where it's doing respectable business.
In the early 2000s, Mr. Jampol was working as a music manager and teaching classes on the music industry at UCLA.
Danny Sugerman, a friend of Mr. Jampol's and the manager for the Doors, would come to him seeking career advice.
When Mr. Sugerman died in 2005, Mr. Jampol took over as their manager.
The three remaining members of the Doors at the time, Ray Manzarek (who has since died), Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, gave Mr. Jampol a history lesson in their music and its meaning.
In turn, Mr. Jampol
learned how to manage the band and Mr. Morrison's estate without cashing in on dubious projects.
Under Mr. Jampol's
guidance, the band has sold across all platforms: Album sales have increased 12% this year over last, said Mr. Jampol
Retail merchandise, including T-shirts, calendars and posters, has jumped by 25%, he
On Facebook, the Doors
have more than 14 million fans, with approximately 80,000 new fans a week.
has really good taste, so if something cheesy comes down the pike, he won't even consider it," says Mr. Densmore.
But Mr. Jampol
, who considers Ms. Joplin one of his
heroes, jumped at the chance.
oversees an apparel line, Made for Pearl, which is owned by Laura's brother, Michael, and offers clothing inspired by Ms. Joplin's iconic boho-chic look.
The estate has worked with the U.S. Postal Service
to create a commemorative stamp, out later this year, according to Mr. Jampol