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Herb Cohen: Combative label boss and manager of Frank Zappa and Tom Waits

Rob Hughes, Guardian, The, 1 April 2010

HERB COHEN, who has died aged 77 of complications from cancer, did not elicit much affection from the artists he managed, but he played a pivotal role in shaping the music of the Californian counterculture in the 1960s and early '70s. His most notorious relationship was with Frank Zappa, with whom he co-founded several record labels before they parted company amid a flurry of lawsuits.

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