Ron Delsener – Howard Stein

Rock Impresarios Howard Stein and Ron Delsener

Rock Impresarios Howard Stein and Ron Delsener

A tale of two Music Promoters: Today the idea just appeared. They are, on the left, Ron Delsener, and on the right, Howard Stein.

Howard, amongst other shows, promoted 4 shows for The Who in 1974 – He started the started nightclub Xenon in 1978 and was the key man at The Academy of Music on 14th street in New York. I first met Howard at The Academy, a place I made images for many years – The Academy was a 3,500 seat movie theater (1927) converted to a music venue in 1971. The Academy hosted shows by Rolling Stones and The Dave Clark 5. It also hosted the annual Halloween show presented by Frank Zappa.. Howard also promoted shows at The Capital Theater in Port Chester, NY. Howard passed away several years ago…

Ron started working for others at the tennis stadium in Forest Hills. He next talked the Parks Commissioner into letting him use Central Park at the Wolman Skating Rink. Led Zeppelin, the Who, Janis Joplin, Diana Ross and Simon and Garfunkel all performed there. Ron was able to book Jimi Hendrix with a string quartet to persuade Lincoln Center to take the show – pure genius.. Today, Ron promotes Irving Plaza, Roseland, PNC Arts Center and Jones Beach to name a few. His list of promotions is a who’s who of the music industry – name such as Bob Dylan, Allman Brothers, Phil Collins, Roger Waters, Pink Floyd and on and on…. So I run into Ron Delsener at The Allen Room last Monday while I was photographing Jack Johnson. He appeared to be channeling 50’s Vegas so I grabbed a quick image.

This morning I decided to match it with an image of Howard Stein made in my studio on or about 1972….The Howard image was made for the cover for rock magazine Zoo World which was published out of Florida back int he day.

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