[Marxism] Fwd: Frank Fried 1927-2015

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jan 14 05:47:41 MST 2015

(Frank was one of the last surviving Cochranites. I never interviewed 
him but had a couple of phone conversations with him over the years. 
There will be an article commemorating his life at some point but for 
the time being it is worth noting that he transitioned from working in 
steel mills in Chicago to becoming a rock concert producer like Bill 
Graham. I invite you to look at his blog: http://www.showbizred.com/. On 
the home page it states: "My name is Frank Fried. In the middle years of 
the 20th century I produced concerts and tours for some of the most 
influential and profitable musical acts of the day, such as Pete Seeger, 
the Beatles, Frank Zappa, Miriam Makeba, the Chad Mitchell Trio, Led 
Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. What a lot of people didn't know is 
that this pop music impresario had started out as a socialist 
revolutionary -- a heritage I tried to honor throughout a tumultuous 
show business career. On this web site, I do my best to tell you what 

Dear Friends & Comrades,

Our dear friend and comrade, Frank Fried, passed away peacefully today,
Tuesday, Jan. 7. His loving wife of 27 years, Alice, is planning a
memorial and you will all be notified.

It was only a few days ago that four close friends, Seymour Kramer, Jack
Gerson, Robin David and myself were at Frank's bedside talking politics
for several hours. Frank was unable to speak but he was able to muster
enough energy to give us the middle finger and the raised fist at
separate points during our discussions. Just like old times!

Both gestures were well deserved by the way.

We all loved Frank.

In Solidarity,
Carl Finamore

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