Shaper: Harvey Goldsmith

Show aired on 6th June 2015

Transcript

Harvey Goldsmith is a legendary and visionary producer and promoter of rock concerts, charity events and television broadcasts. He has produced, managed and promoted shows with most of the world’s major artists, including Bob Dylan, Jeff Beck, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Santana, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Luciano Pavarotti, The Bee Gees, Jools Holland, Bocelli, Yusuf Islam, Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Jools Holland, Shirley Bassey, U2, Eric Clapton, Madness, Queen, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Sting, Genesis and Cirque du Soleil; and the Princes’s Trust, Luciano Pavarotti’s Farewell Tour, Live 8, Nokia New Year’s Eve and The Merchants of Bollywood.

In 1978 Harvey Goldsmith promoted the first major global TV event The Concert for Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon featuring Paul McCartney, Queen and The Who, which raised over $2 million from worldwide sales to benefit the victims of Pol Pot’s reign of terror in Cambodia and in 1985, Harvey Goldsmith organized the now historic Live Aid concert with Bob Geldof which raised £140 million for famine relief in Ethiopia and became an inspiration for hundreds of similar concert events.
In 1996 Goldsmith was honored with a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Harvey Goldsmith has received numerous awards in recognition for his contribution to the music industry including the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres from the French Minister of Culture as well as the 15th Music Industry Trust’s Awards (MITS), and has been bestowed The British Order of Chivalry.

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“My whole life has been about luck and timing.”

“…that period, the mid-60s to early 70s, is probably the most creative period we have seen in any of our lifetimes.”

“I have always had an eye for talent, an ear for music, and a head for organisation.”

“I have been known to go to artists and say: it’s the worst show I have ever seen you do.”

“I know that I am gambling every day, and I am taking huge risks on large amounts of money, but in truth what I am trying to do is say: this talent needs to be seen.”

“I just, I love music. I’ve loved music all my life. I think it has an emotional drive that no other facet of culture can give.”

“I am a great believer that if you can use your prowess without extending yourself too much to help other people, why not?”

“When I got my CBE, it was a complete surprise and of course, my dear mum and my dad – they loved it. They could never work out what I did anyway.”

“I don’t like falling out with artists, but there is a point when it comes to an end.”

“I suppose in my life, I must have raised over three hundred million pounds, something like that.”

“Do I wake up in the morning going: oh my god, I am not a Baron yet? No.”

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