The Incredible Life of a Music Impresario for the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds & Magma
by Francis Dumaurier
with a foreword by Rick Rees
- The first biography in English about Gomelsky
- Will be featured on radio and on cable tv
- Will appeal to music fans & London local history enthusiasts
About the book
Giorgio Gomelsky was at the centre of the counterculture in 60s’ London and 70s’ Paris before running a studio for avant-garde musicians in New York. He was the original manager of the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds in London, then managed the French supergroup Magma and developed the career of Gong.
Dumaurier recounts his friend Gomelsky’s love of life, his dynamism, and the creativity that made him “push the envelope”. With a keen eye for talent, Gomelsky’s ideas helped shape the rock music we know and love today – acting as a catalyst for change and innovation.
About the author
Born and raised in the neighbourhood of Montmartre in Paris, Francis wrote his “Portrait of Jack Kerouac after Desolation Angels” thesis for his Masters’ at the University of Paris X before going on the road to travel and see the world. After a year in the Amazon jungle of Colombia as a rainforest safari guide, he spent 5 years in Rio de Janeiro working in the travel and hotel industries. Moving to New York City (where he still lives) he began working in the entertainment industry, first as a host and producer of primetime daily programs on Manhattan Cable TV, and then as an actor in films, tv and voice-overs. He spent his first weekend in America at the original Woodstock Festival.
Since then he has also hosted and produced “The Wine CD” as a Compagnon des Vins de Bordeaux with a group of 14 other wine specialists.
Fluent in 4 languages (English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) and in the York and Scottish rites of Freemasonry, Francis also loves to play rock’n’roll music on his Stratocaster guitar and Marshall amp.
He was a close friend of Gomelsky for over 30 years and this biography was originally published in France.
RICK REES (Foreword)
Rick is an engineer with a curiosity for the avant garde. He interviews artists and musicians on his youtube channel Rick Rees – YouTube and blogs about life’s weird mysteries at The Non-Writer | Rick Rees | Substack. It’s about the people pushing boundaries and exploring the unknown because that is what makes life worth living. He writes about or interviews the artists, musicians and engineers that he has worked with and been influenced by.
Although he calls himself a non-writer, his interest in avant-garde music has led him to write a book about Gomelsky called ‘The Gomelsky Recordings’.
In his biography ‘Life’, Keith Richards says of Gomelsky: “He pushed us forward, found us concerts, at a time when there was nothing else to hope for.” A creative, inspired poet, passionate impresario, Giorgio Gomelsky lived in New York where the author Francis Dumaurier met him and then rubbed shoulders with him for a long time. From their friendship was born this moving testimony that (finally) does justice to the man.
**** – Maryline Stan, Amazon