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    Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:43:49

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    Sandy Pearlman, record executive, manager, lyricist and music critic has died, aged 72.

    According to a Facebook post by his friend Robert Duncan, the producer of The Clash's second album 'Give 'Em Enough Rope' and the manager, producer and lyricist for Blue Öyster Cult passed away peacefully at 12.30 am on July 26th.

    In December 2015, Pearlman had suffered a cerebral haemorrhage, which moved Duncan to launch a GoFundMe page to raise money for medical fees.

    Pearlman was one of the first serious rock music critics, and had worked as a writer and editor for groundbreaking music magazine Crawdaddy. Reportedly he was one of the first rock critics to use the term 'heavy metal'. As well as managing bands like Black Sabbath (between 1979-1983,) and new wave band Romeo Void, Pearlman was famously forward-thinking, and was a founding vice-president of online music subscription site E-music.com; one of the first sites to sell music in the MP3 format in 1998.

    Aside from a host of other accomplishments, perhaps Pearlman will be best remembered for his work with Blue Öyster Cult. He produced and co-produced albums, sometimes contributing lyrics to the band between 1972 and 1988.

    With his business partner Murray Krugman he produced one of the first punk rock albums, "The Dictators Go Girl Crazy."

    Recently Pearlman had become a consultant and professor, exploring how the music business could adapt to the digital era. He was a professor at McGill University in Montreal and then at the University of Toronto. He taught and created courses in the departments of music, English, religious studies, law, and management.

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