Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum Interview: Bonnie Garner

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November 16, 2010 - Illinois native Bonnie Garner has enjoyed a distinguished, groundbreaking music-business career. Her one-of-a-kind resume includes: talent booker (Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin) for the TV programs Playboy after Dark and the Dick Cavett Show; executive assistant to legendary promoter Bill Graham at Fillmore East (Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead); and first female A&R executive for Columbia Records in New York (Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen) and in Nashville (Rosanne Cash, George Jones). As an artist manager, she worked with the Highwaymen, Roger Miller, Willie Nelson, and Marty Stuart. She received a 2001 Grammy for co-producing Timeless, a multi-artist tribute to Hank Williams. Her stories include escapades with Waylon Jennings, the Rolling Stones, Patti Smith, and others. This interview is illustrated with photos, recordings, and film footage from the museum’s archive. The Louise Scruggs Memorial Forum, made possible by the Gibson Foundation, is presented annually to honor a music industry leader who continues the legacy of pioneer Louise Scruggs.


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