Seymour Stein left his mark on rock ‘n’ roll, and while his daughter Mandy Stein has always been famous, it was perhaps most evident in her career as a musical document, when she realized how her father’s legacy had permeated her. the history of poetry.
“When I first started making films, I found the whole world about my father. My first record was of these killer musicians from the north Mississippi region, and I started playing him music and he was like, ‘Oh, that’s Mississippi Joe Callicott,'” recalled Sunday. “And I didn’t even realize he had a label called Blue Horizon , where Fleetwood Mac signed with Peter Green, and just his knowledge and experience is just eternal.
Stein, common moments and memory of St. Stein Hollywood actor on Sunday, the day the legend died at 80—from her waning days spending time with her family to the stories she remembers of her iconic career discover the likes of Madonna and The Ramones.
Your father is so rich, with amazing careers. What do you want to remember most about him?
Passionate about music, and I truly feel he has created an unspoiled sound, from the Ramones to the Talking Heads; I think of “Hocus Pocus” and Renaissance, and obviously Madonna is everything. But his taste is quite impeccable, and he was relentless in his desire to make artists listen. He was also generous. He never said, “I found it,” because he truly believed that good music was found, and that a person was collaborative and loyal to everyone who was part of the team. But I think of all the musicians and artists that he signed and jumped into plans and obscured (places) … All these wonderful stories of going to Yonkers to hear Steven Tyler before he was Steven Tyler, and going anywhere to hear the greats. music, and he was so passionate and truly, if he believed that the artist would not stop.
How proud were you of all that he accomplished?
I feel proud is not a strong enough word. I just think to myself, and I’m totally focused, he was the ultimate man of music and his taste was impeccable. But what was so cool was that it really varied from punk to kd lang to Ice-T to Madonna. He really talked about singing and what was most important to him.
What have the last two years been like for you and your father?
He lived in Los Angeles with my children and I. He would come near the lake every day and listen to the music he loved so much, doo-wop songs and a lot of music from childhood; doo-wop and country western, like Hank Williams, and he’d just belt it out.
He was a crazy grandfather and an incredibly proud grandson. My oldest daughter is studying for her bat mitzvah so they can do the blessings together. He was a proud Jew, and he enjoyed Shabbat with us, and he was incredibly proud of his grandmother, Dora, who is a freshman at Emory, who was the daughter of my sister, who we lost to brain cancer, and his grandfather was even funnier. than my father, I should say.
Do you have a favorite memory?
I don’t have a favorite memory, but when I first started making films, I discovered a whole world about my father. My first exposure to these blues musicians was from the North Mississippi region, and I started playing him music and I was like, “Oh, that’s Mississippi Joe Callicott.” And I didn’t even realize that he had a record label called Blue Horizon, where he signed Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green, and he just had a lifetime of knowledge and experience. He had a long life, but he packed it up.
It’s not just that. It was too bad. It’s always fun to have a naughty father who sometimes says silly things when you’re not supposed to be inappropriate.
Was it your paternal side that we didn’t get to see in public that you want people to know?
One of the great things about my father when I was in school was the story of the buffalo, it was like a rock of mine. Yes, if I had [a question] into something, I could call him and he would be like an oral note. He was a voracious history buff and buffalo buff, and he loved collecting antiques and was very passionate about collecting antiques and antiques.
Was there anything else you wanted to add or say?
Of course he is proudest of all that he has done at Sire. He himself goes with Richard [Gottehrer]. He and Richard were the best of friends throughout their lives, who, although he had gone to the graves, were still most familiar with each other. And I think it’s amazing that this kind of friends stay for a long time. She had a great relationship, even though she was divorced with my mother. The day he died, they talked every day. My mother saw the Ramones before my father and said, “You should sign them”. And who was not great but was, and vice versa. Even though they got divorced, they were the best of friends, and they loved each other very, very much, and they respected each other very, very much. Both would say how brilliant and clever they were to each other. “Oh mother so clever.” And I missed her a lot, especially after my sister died. He missed her dearly.