The Final Days Of EMI - Selling the Pig. Book reading and Q and A
Published on 7th February by Omnibus Press, The Final Days Of EMI tells the inside story of why one of the most iconic British music companies found itself in the middle of a disastrous takeover deal and how its end bore witness to its rivals gleefully fighting over the spoils.
Phil Nelson has been an Artist Manager since 1988 and his clients have included The Levellers (1 Platinum, 5 Gold records) who headlined Glastonbury before starting their own 15,000 capacity Festival Beautiful Days (which Phil set up) , and The Longpigs (1 Gold record and Brit Award Nomination). Current clients include 2016 Grammy-winning Matt Hales / Aqualung (1 Gold record) and Duke Special (1 Platinum record), Sweet Billy Pilgrim (1 Mercury Music Prize nomination.)
He was the Vice Chair of the Music Managers’ Forum from 1997-2007. He co-founded The Great Escape Festival with Martin Elbourne and Jon McIldowie and dreamed up the Breakers’ Chart for Music Week.
From 2016-18 he was Music Industry Ambassador at BIMM (British & Irish Institute of Modern Music) for BIMM Group of colleges. This role includes setting up the Appetite for Disruption conference – the USP being that the Panellists were mainly in their 20s or early 30s; https://www.afdconference.com/ also talking to the Music Industry to find Real World Projects for Dissertation Students, thereby solving problems for the industry and hopefully making the students more employable. With Chris Cooke of CMU he also set up The Education conference at The Great Escape Festival. He also set up a Student-run Record Label, Pool Valley Recordings.
Alongside managing and lecturing, Phil has set up Pathways into Music with Chris Cooke, to research in detial the current state of Music Education and to provide a series of seminars for people who teach, advise and support early-career artists and future music industry talent, as well as the artists themselves. They are also mapping the Music Industry outside of London, region by region.
Phil is a lapsed bassoonist.
Eamonn Forde is a music business journalist who has been covering all areas of the music industry since 2000. He has written for a wide range of publications including Music Ally, Q, The Guardian, The Big Issue, IQ, the BBC, The Times, The Music Network, The Word and Music Week, and regularly appears on radio and TV as a music industry expert. Before becoming a music writer, he left a ‘promising’ (his quote marks) career in academia, having completed his PhD at the University Of Westminster in 2001. He was twice named Business Writer Of The Year at the Record Of The Day Awards.