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About: Ed Cohen



ED COHEN

PRESIDENT/CEO/MANAGER

ROCK GARDEN CONSPIRACY

Ed is a native of New Haven, Connecticut and a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Class of 1969. In 1965, he founded Bands Unlimited which later morphed into Miriam Cohen Productions with his wife as his business partner. The business soon became the largest independent music management/booking agency in New England: managing five bands and booking 100. Simultaneously, he was playing 2nd sax, percussion and was backup singer for “The Gravy Train”. Throughout his involvement in the East Coast music scene, he worked with: Jerry Greenberg (later President of Atlantic Records and MJJ Music for Michael Jackson at Sony); Craig McGregor (Foghat); Bobby Torello (Edgar Winter); Fred Parris and the 5 Satins (of “In the Still of the Night" fame); and Michael Bolton (formerly known as Michael Bolotin); and many others.

In 1974, Ed encountered Dave Biro and his invention, The Birotron- widely recognized as the rarest instrument in rock music history. Ed arranged a meeting with Rick Wakeman, keyboardist of YES, while in search of an endorsement to raise funds to build the instrument. Wakeman instead suggested a partnership with manufacturing being carried out at his factory in High Wickham, UK. However,only 17 units were produced. Even so, the Birotron was used on recordings by YES, Wakeman, Tangerine Dream and extensively on the road.

In 1980, Ed left the music scene with the emergence of disco. No one could pay him enough to play or even listen to THAT!

When Ed moved to Southern California in 2008, he started hearing the music that he loved –ROCK! At a chance meeting poolside at a Palm Springs resort he met Robin McCauley, the lead singer of Survivor (now with the Michael Schenker Group). After a two-hour conversation, Robin said something that gave Ed pause for thought. Robin said,”You know what I’m most grateful about in life? That, at my age, I’m still privileged to perform and entertain audiences.“ Ed reflected on the great sounds of the 60’s and 70’s with the tight bass and drums, screaming guitars and incredible vocal harmonies, and realized that with all of the “Rockers” aging, this valuable musical legacy could be lost forever. Moreover, he believed that there had been no incentive in years for young bands to spend a lot of time writing music - what with clubs making them pay-to-play and people stealing the bands’ original songs when they did get them out into the public.

Ed decided that his first task was to revive and restore the 200 plus tapes from the groups he had worked with in Connecticut, and save them to digital media. He dubbed this effort “Rock Garden Conspiracy” – an effort to bring back those great sounds of yesteryear in a modern format for today’s fans. While learning recording techniques at Guitar Center, he met Rick Tucker, a prolific songwriter (1000 + songs to his credit) and a veteran film producer. They hit it off immediately and Ed started to manage Rick’s music career. They soon agreed that the best arrangement for their respective music careers would be to create an all-encompassing music conglomerate covering management, a music label, publishing and music placement.

WELCOME TO ROCK GARDEN CONSPIRACY!