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  BRONZE RECORDS FOUNDER GERRY BRON DIES AGED 79
20th June 2012

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Thanks to Dmitry M. Epstein for the picture. Click here for a rare interview with Gerry, conducted by Dmitry in November 2004.



The founder of Bronze Records and Uriah Heep producer and manager Gerry Bron has died at the age of 79.

Bronze Records was home to acts including Heep, Motörhead, Colosseum, The Damned, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Girlschool, Bronz and Hawkwind. Motörhead experienced their most successful commercial period with Bronze, recording their classic albums 'Overkill', Bomber' and 'Ace Of Spades' whilst signed to the label.

Gerry worked closely with Uriah Heep for many years. He gave the band their name, managed their affairs and produced their 1970 debut album 'Very 'Eavy, Very 'Umble', then every subsequent release until 1980s 'Conquest'.

Heep frontman Mick Box once said of him: "He was very, very open minded about everything. If you wanted to try something and it was in the realms of what he considered to be sensible, he'd try it and sometimes to great effect, or sometimes you'd try it and he would develop it."

Mick said on Facebook today: "Gerry was a big part of the Heep legacy in the early days, and our thoughts are with his family!"

Gerry's son Richard tweeted: "Very sadly my father passed away yesterday morning very unexpectedly. Rest in peace Dad – we all love you."

Born Gerald L Bron on March 1st 1933, Gerry was the brother of the actress Eleanor Bron who starred in such films as Alfie and Help!. It was she who inspired Paul McCartney to write the song 'Eleanor Rigby'.

Gerry Bron's early production work included Manfred Mann and even Gene Pitney's 'Something Got A Hold Of My Heart'. He later managed the Bonzo Dog Band.

It was with Uriah Heep that Gerry Bron became synonymous with, producing and becoming their manager and guiding them to become one of the most successful rock bands in the seventies. In 1971 he set up his own Bronze Record Label based in Chalk Farm, London, taking Uriah Heep from the Vertigo label to his own to release the 'Demons And Wizards' album. Every Heep album until 'Head First' in 1983 was on the Bronze label.

Also signed to the label were notable acts such as Juicy Lucy, Colosseum, Osibisa, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, The Damned, Girlschool, Bronz and Hawkwind but one of his major achievements was signing Motörhead. The band released their first single 'Louie Louie' on the Bronze label in September 1978. Motörhead would also score a UK number 1 album with 'No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith' which went straight in at the top spot in June 1981.

In recent years Gerry was involved in many music projects and released records for songwriter and musician Paddy Milner and Rockford Christmas, a record which inspired the audiobook 'Rockfield's Rock Opera' in 2009.

Our thoughts go out to Gerry's family at this time.

Thanks to Dmitry M. Epstein for the picture. Click here for a rare interview with Gerry, conducted by Dmitry in November 2004.










NOW AEROSMITH FANS CAN HAVE THEIR NAME IN FUTURE COLLECTOR'S ITEM

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.

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As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.







 


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