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Toby Mamis

Toby Mamis

Toby Mamis has had an interesting ride in the music business, starting out in his late teens running FTM Public Relations (1970-78) and specializing in personalized services to clients, including Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Uriah Heep, Suzi Quatro, Apple Records, the New York Dolls, The Hollies, Yoko Ono, and John Lennon. From 1977-1979, as a partner in American Entertainment Management, Toby represented the rock bands Blondie and the Runaways.

Prior to joining Alive, from 1980 into 1986, Toby operated FTM Enterprises, a management and consulting firm with clients including Island/Alive Films, the Music Business Symposium, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, actress Shell Kepler, and Rhino Records. As part of his work with John Lennon, he helped organize the "One To One" benefit concert in New York City with John & Yoko, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, and Sha Na Na, co-produced by Geraldo Rivera, and the "Ten For Two" benefit concert in Ann Arbor for John Sinclair, with John & Yoko, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger, Phil Ochs, and Charles Lloyd.

As a music journalist, among Toby's writing and editorial credits include regular stints with Performance Magazine, Zoo World, Kal Rudman's Friday Morning Quarterback, and CREEM Magazine; and freelance contributions to, among others, Circus, Crawdaddy, Hit Parader, Melody Maker, New Music Express, Oui, Penthouse, Rolling Stone, Scholastic Magazine and Sounds.

A voting member of NARAS, and a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame voter, Toby has also written liner notes for over a dozen albums.

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The Beach Boys, Grateful Dead: Jam: Grateful Dead & Beach Boys: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Toby Mamis, Action World, June 1971

Perhaps The two greatest bands in rock history jammed at The Fillmore Apr. 27, 1971. The result was incredible ...

The Beach Boys, The Rip Chords: Beach Boys Hang Ten in Hotel Lobby

Interview by Toby Mamis, Creem, October 1971

IT'S BEEN nine and a half years since the Beach Boys started out, singing 'Surfin' Safari' in Southern California, on New Year's Eve, 1961. At ...

Elephant's Memory: Take It To The Streets (Metromedia)

Review by Toby Mamis, Creem, June 1971

NEW YORK City has no readily identifiable musical identity, as, say, San Francisco or the Ann Arbor/Detroit regions. But the Big Apple does have a ...

Labelle, Dusty Springfield: Vicki Wickham: The Secretary That Roared

Interview by Toby Mamis, Phonograph Record, December 1971

I'D CONSIDERED doing this piece since mid-June. So, frankly, when the time came, I was thoroughly prepared. Prior to my interview with Vicki Wickham, I'd ...

The Osmonds: The Plan (Kolob/MGM SE-4902)

Review by Toby Mamis, Zoo World, 11 October 1973

YOU'D HAVE to be a hermit not to have heard the Osmonds, either a hermit or a pompous ass that only listens to "FM radio, ...

Suzi Quatro: Suzi Q: Expatriate Rockerette

Interview by Toby Mamis, Zoo World, 3 January 1974

N.Y. — "I DIDN'T want to play with girls anymore," she told me via transatlantic phone conversation, from her manager's office in London. ...

The Righteous Brothers: Wollman Rink, Central Park, New York NY

Live Review by Toby Mamis, Zoo World, 1 August 1974

REUNION IN CENTRAL PARK ...

Tanya Tucker: Would You Lay With Me In A Field Of Stone? (Columbia KC 32744)

Review by Toby Mamis, Zoo World, 25 April 1974

WITHOUT A doubt, Tanya Tucker is singing better than ever on this album, her third. Nobody, but nobody, can cram as much emotion into a ...

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