Michael Alago and Laura Davis-Chanin (co-authors of "I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death.")

Michael Alago and Laura Davis-Chanin (co-authors of "I Am Mi...

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Michael Alago and Laura Davis-Chanin have both lived rock ’n' roll from a unique insider’s perspective.  As an A&R executive for Elektra Records starting in the early ‘80s, Michael signed such bands as Metallica and White Zombie to their first major label contracts, as well as signing veteran artists like John Lydon/Public Image Ltd., Cyndi Lauper, Nina Simone and many others.  Laura was the drummer in the seminal New York City punk band The Student Teachers, opening for artists like Iggy Pop and MC5, and she co-wrote multiple songs for Blondie.  Michael and Laura met during the prime NYC punk days at clubs like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City.  Both of their musical journeys were interrupted by serious health conditions, but both have survived and thrived in the interim.  Although out of touch for many years, they reacquainted a few years back to co-write Michael’s autobiography, “I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death.”  Laura also wrote her own memoir, “The Girl In The Back: A Female Drummer's Life with Bowie, Blondie, and the '70s Rock Scene,” winner of the ASCAP Award For Excellence In Writing.  Both books are available on Amazon and other online booksellers.  Michael is also the subject of the documentary “Who The F**k Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago,” currently on Netflix.  In this interview, Michael and Laura discuss the need for hope in times of great adversity, and the need to live your life fearlessly no matter what. (Note: This interview took place in January 2020 in New York City).
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Michael Alago and Laura Davis-Chanin have both lived rock ’n' roll from a unique insider’s perspective.  As an A&R executive for Elektra Records starting in the early ‘80s, Michael signed such bands as Metallica and White Zombie to their first major label contracts, as well as signing veteran artists like John Lydon/Public Image Ltd., Cyndi Lauper, Nina Simone and many others.  Laura was the drummer in the seminal New York City punk band The Student Teachers, opening for artists like Iggy Pop and MC5, and she co-wrote multiple songs for Blondie.  Michael and Laura met during the prime NYC punk days at clubs like CBGB and Max’s Kansas City.  Both of their musical journeys were interrupted by serious health conditions, but both have survived and thrived in the interim.  Although out of touch for many years, they reacquainted a few years back to co-write Michael’s autobiography, “I Am Michael Alago: Breathing Music. Signing Metallica. Beating Death.”  Laura also wrote her own memoir, “The Girl In The Back: A Female Drummer's Life with Bowie, Blondie, and the '70s Rock Scene,” winner of the ASCAP Award For Excellence In Writing.  Both books are available on Amazon and other online booksellers.  Michael is also the subject of the documentary “Who The F**k Is That Guy? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago,” currently on Netflix.  In this interview, Michael and Laura discuss the need for hope in times of great adversity, and the need to live your life fearlessly no matter what. (Note: This interview took place in January 2020 in New York City).
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