Post by South-Punk Admin on Jun 16, 2020 22:20:40 GMT
Southend Punk was saddened to hear of the passing of Marc Zermati (21st June 1945 – 13th June 2020). He is best known as the legendary French Punk Promoter, Record Label owner, Band manager and more. In 1972 he co-founded the Skydog record label, releasing an album by The Flamin' Groovies. A key Skydog album release was Metallic K.O. by Iggy & The Stooges, and the Label also released other greats such as MC5, New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, London Cowboys & many more.
In August 1976, and again in 1977, Marc Zermati organised the "first European punk rock festival" - In the French town of Mont-de-Marsan. The 1976 one featuring Eddie & The Hot Rods & The Damned, and the 1977 one featuring, amongst others, The Clash, The Damned, Eddie & The Hot Rods & Dr Feelgood. He also organised tours in France by bands including The Clash, Dr Feelgood, The Heartbreakers, Eddie and the Hot Rods, as well as concerts by The Ramones and Talking Heads.