Mick Brigden Wiki
Mick Brigden Biography
Who was Mick Brigden ?
Mick Brigden, a tour manager known for his work with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, died Sunday after an accident at his home in Santa Rosa, California, according to his family.
Brigden’s wife, Julia Dreyer Brigden, told local newspaper The Press Democrat that the accident occurred while her husband was digging a grave for her pet dog. The manager was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.
Born in Southend On Sea, England, Brigden was a protégé of famous concert promoter Bill Graham and worked with the likes of Van Morrison, Humble Pie, Peter Frampton and Carlos Santana during his decades-long career.
He was first a graphic artist in Canada, but changed his career to management after meeting Mountain leader Felix Pappalardi in New York, according to Brigden’s obituary on his website.
How old was Mick Brigden ?
He was 73 year old.
Cause of Death
Brigden spent seven years working with Graham before taking over the management division of the promoter’s Bill Graham Presents organization. From there, he helped launch Wolfgang Records, which distributed six of Eddie Money’s studio albums, including his 1977 self-titled debut.
Following Graham’s death in 1991, Brigden and his managing partner, Arnold “Arnie” Pustilnik, joined with 13 other BGP employees to buy 90 percent of the company. He and Pustilnik sold the business in the early 2000s, when Brigden opened MJJ Management with guitarist Joe Satriani as his sole client.
“It has been 33 crazy and wonderful years of rock ‘n’ roll,” Satriani said in a statement following Brigden’s death. “I’ve never worked so hard, played so hard, laughed and cried so hard, made so much music and had so many adventures all over the world, and all with Mick by my side.”
Brigden had a passion for winemaking, supplying grapes grown in his Northern California
“He was the best mentor in the music business. Honest, tough, caring, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was everything and more. I learned a lot about how to be a good person from Mick,” he added. “Throughout his illustrious career, he worked with the best and greatest, but he always knew that it was important to be kind, respectful, cool and do things the right way.”
Outside of music management, Brigden had a passion for winemaking, supplying grapes grown in her Northern California vineyard to make a unique Owl Ridge cabernet.
Brigden is survived by his wife Julia, his son Jack, his stepdaughter Jessica and his grandson David Merz.
His family has asked that any donation in honor of Brigden be made to the Humane Society of Sonoma County.