Co-Founder/Chairman, Sire Records
Seymour Stein is the cofounder and chairman of Sire Records, the label that put punk and New Wave - not to mention the maverick likes of Madonna - on the map. One of the last of the old-school “record men,” Seymour succeeded by anticipating the next musical wave and signing its brightest lights. Sire has been a goldmine for cutting-edge music, from popular trailblazers like the Ramones, Talking Heads, the Cure and the Smiths to deserving cult favorites like the Replacements, Echo and the Bunnymen and Primal Scream.
Though Sire came to prominence in the Seventies the label’s origins date back to 1966, when Seymour co-founded Sire Productions with producer Richard Gottehrer. In 1976, realizing what a mother lode he had discovered in the Ramones and other then-underground bands, Stein struck a distribution deal with Warner Bros., a partnership that lasted until 1995. In 2003 Sire again partnered with Warner and, under Stein’s leadership, has released the work of such contemporary acts as Regina Spektor, Avenged Sevenfold and My Chemical Romance. On the verge of celebrating 50 years of excellence, Sire Records – and the inimitable Seymour Stein – are still going strong.