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Encyclopedia > Martin Lewis
Martin Lewis.
Martin Lewis.
This article is about the humorist/writer/producer/TV and radio host.
For the British financial journalist, see Martin Lewis (financial journalist). For the UK TV newsreader of similar name, see Martyn Lewis (journalist). For others, see Martin Lewis (disambiguation).

Martin Neil Lewis (born July 24, 1952 in Ashtead, Surrey, England) is a US-based humorist, writer, radio/TV host, producer and marketing strategist. He is known for his participation in a large variety of high-profile, international projects in the arts and entertainment worlds including his work as the co-creator and producer of the Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows for Amnesty International (a series he created with Monty Python alumnus John Cleese) and as a comedic performer and writer on American TV. He hosts his own daily radio show - heard nationally in America on Sirius Satellite Radio and worldwide on Sirius Internet Radio. He is a prolific columnist for The Huffington Post website. Lewis is Jewish.[1] Image File history File linksMetadata MartinLewispromo. ... Image File history File linksMetadata MartinLewispromo. ... Martin Steven Lewis (born May 9, 1972 in Manchester, England) is a journalist, television presenter, and author in the United Kingdom, who specialises in ways to save money. ... Martyn Lewis announcing the death of Princess Diana Martyn Lewis was a presenter on the BBC News bulletins until the major relaunch of all output in 1997. ... Martin Lewis may refer to: Martin Lewis (humorist/writer/producer/TV), Humorist, writer, producer and TV/radio host Martin Lewis (artist), Artist and printmaker (1881-1962) Martin Lewis (magician), British magician Martin Lewis (financial journalist), British financial journalist Martin Lewis (basketball), American basketball player Martin and Lewis American comedy team... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... United States is the current Good Article Collaboration of the week! Please help to improve this article to the highest of standards. ... The Secret Policemans Balls is the collective name for a series of fund raising performances featuring big-name comedians and musicians and other celebrities, held at various London venues, and once at a Nottingham television studio, to raise money for (and awareness of) Amnesty International. ... Amnesty International symbol Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) comprising a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights.[1] Essentially it compares actual practices of human rights with internationally accepted standards and demands compliance where these have not... Monty Python, or The Pythons, is the collective name of the creators of Monty Pythons Flying Circus, a British television comedy sketch show that first aired on the BBC on 5 October 1969. ... John Marwood Cleese (born October 27, 1939 in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England) is an English comedian and actor best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for co-writing the TV series Fawlty Towers in which he played Basil Fawlty. ... Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is one of two satellite radio (DARS) services operating in the United States and Canada. ... Logo of Huffington Post The Huffington Post (often referred to on the Internet as HuffPost or HuffPo) is a political group weblog founded by Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer. ... This article describes some ethnic, historic, and cultural aspects of the Jewish identity; for a consideration of the Jewish religion, refer to the article Judaism. ...

Contents

Career overview

Once described by L.A. Weekly (January 8, 1999) as “a true Renaissance Man”, Lewis’ multi-faceted career has encompassed work in music, comedy, TV, radio, film, theatre, books and politics. Lewis' official website credits the diversity in his professional life to his having been inspired by individuals he worked with early in his career who were noted polymaths (people who excel in multiple fields) - including Sir Peter Ustinov, Peter Cook and Monty Python alumni Michael Palin and Terry Jones. The L.A. Weekly is a weekly free paper in Los Angeles. ... Leonardo da Vinci is seen as an epitome of the Renaissance man or polymath. ... Ustinov as Hercule Poirot Ustinov at Large (book cover) Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE (April 16, 1921 – March 28, 2004), born Peter Alexander von Ustinov, was an Academy Award-winning British actor, writer, dramatist and raconteur. ... Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937–9 January 1995) was an English satirist, writer and comedian who is widely regarded as the leading figure in the British satire boom of the 1960s. ... Michael Edward Palin, CBE (born May 5, 1943) is an English comedian, actor and television presenter best known for being one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python and for his travel documentaries. ... Terence Graham Parry Jones (born in Colwyn Bay, Wales, on February 1, 1942) is a British comedian, screenwriter and actor, film director, childrens author, popular historian, political commentator and TV documentary host. ...


Producer

Lewis has worked since 1974 as a producer of comedy and music recordings, stage shows, films, music videos, TV shows, DVDs and radio programs.


Arguably his most notable work has been co-creating and producing the Secret Policeman's Ball series of benefits for Amnesty International (initially held 1976-1981) that brought together comedic talents (including Monty Python, Beyond The Fringe, Rowan Atkinson and Billy Connolly) and rock musicians (including Pete Townshend, Sting, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Tom Robinson, Donovan and Bob Geldof.) In addition to producing the original stage shows, Lewis produced albums, TV specials and movies that documented the shows. The film of the fourth show of the series, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball, was a box office success in the UK and US in 1982 and also inspired a book co-edited by Lewis. The series created by Lewis and Cleese continued through the 1980s and 1990s (though the Secret Policeman's Ball name was not used after the 1989 show.) In 2006, Amnesty revived the Secret Policeman's Ball title for its fundraising shows and this prompted multiple press articles in Britain reflecting on the impact of the original shows - including the attribution by Bob Geldof that Live Aid had been inspired in part by the shows. [2] The Secret Policemans Balls is the collective name for a series of fund raising performances featuring big-name comedians and musicians and other celebrities, held at various London venues, and once at a Nottingham television studio, to raise money for (and awareness of) Amnesty International. ... Album of Beyond the Fringe Published by EMI in 1996 Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett and Jonathan Miller. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... William Billy Connolly, CBE, (born 24 November 1942) is a comedian, musician, presenter, and actor. ... Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born May 19, 1945 in Chiswick, London) is an English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, and composer who is best known as the guitarist for the rock band The Who. ... For other uses, see Sting (disambiguation). ... An example of the famous Clapton is God graffiti craze Eric Patrick Clapton CBE (born March 30, 1945), nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award winning English guitarist, singer and composer, who is one of the most respected and influential musicians of the rock era, garnering an unprecedented three inductions into... Geoffrey Arnold (Jeff) Beck (born June 24, 1944 in Wallington, Greater London, England) is a rock/blues guitarist who played in several influential bands in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Philip David Charles Collins (born January 30, 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English rock and pop musician. ... Tom Robinson (born June 1, 1950, in Cambridge) is an English songwriter and broadcaster probably best-known for the UK hit songs 2-4-6-8 Motorway (1977), Sing If Youre Glad To Be Gay (1978) and War Baby (1983). ... Donovan Philips Leitch (usually known simply as Donovan) (born May 10, 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow) is a Scottish musician. ... Robert Frederick Zenon Bob Geldof, KBE (born October 5, 1951) is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ... The Secret Policemans Other Ball was the fourth of the benefit shows staged by the British Section of Amnesty International to raise funds for its research and campaign work in the human rights field. ... Robert Frederick Zenon Bob Geldof, KBE (born October 5, 1951) is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ... Live Aid (not to be confused with Live 8) was a multi-venue rock music concert held on July 13, 1985. ...


A series of live, acoustic performances by rock musicians Pete Townshend, Sting, Phil Collins, Tom Robinson, Donovan and Bob Geldof that Lewis conceived and produced for the 1979 and 1981 Secret Policeman's shows are widely regarded as being one of the inspirations for the "Unplugged" format that was introduced by MTV in 1989. [3] Unplugged refers to musicians performing live using only acoustic instruments; that is, without plugging in amplified instruments (e. ...


His work as a comedy producer includes recordings with Sir Peter Ustinov, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore and the first audio recordings of new-wave British comedians such as Jennifer Saunders (of Absolutely Fabulous), Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall and other performers in Britain's Young Ones/Comic Strip comedy troupe. Many of these recordings were released on Lewis’ own Springtime! Records label. Dudley Moore Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (19 April 1935 – 27 March 2002), was a British musician, actor and comedian who was enormously popular in his home country for many years but relatively unknown in the United States until he made the film 10 with Bo Derek. ... Jennifer Saunders Jennifer Jane Saunders (born July 6, 1958 in Sleaford, Lincolnshire) is an English comedian, actress, and comedy writer. ... Absolutely Fabulous was a British sitcom written by and starring Jennifer Saunders, and co-starring Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha. ... Alexei David Sayle is an English comedian, actor and author. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Young Ones may refer to: The Young Ones (TV series), a 1980s British sitcom about four students living together The Young Ones (film), a film starring Cliff Richard The Young Ones (song), sung by Cliff Richard This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same... The Comic Strip is a group of British comedians, best known collectively for their television series The Comic Strip Presents. ...


As a film producer, Lewis gained a reputation in the 1980s for engaging respected, veteran film directors such as Sam Peckinpah and Lindsay Anderson to work on film projects centered on contemporary music. Lewis produced Peckinpah's last works - a series of music videos featuring Julian Lennon. Anderson was hired by Lewis to direct Foreign Skies: Wham! In China - a film that documented the 1985 tour of China by the George Michael-led pop group Wham! which was the first visit to China by Western pop artists. David Samuel Sam Peckinpah (February 21, 1925 – December 28, 1984) was an American film director. ... Lindsay Anderson (April 17, 1923 - August 30, 1994), English film and documentary director. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on 25 June 1963) is an English singer-songwriter who performs soul influenced pop, and who (as a solo artist and half of the duo WHAM!) has enjoyed phenomenal global success since 1982. ... Andrew Ridgeley (top) and George Michael on the cover of their second album WHAM! was a band formed in 1981 by George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley. ...


In 1995, Lewis instigated and produced a reunion of the Rutles – the comedic ensemble created by Monty Python alumni Eric Idle and Neil Innes in 1977 to lampoon the Beatles. Lewis executive-produced the band's Archaeology album – a pastiche of the Beatles' Anthology project. The Rutles (The pre-fab four), a parody of the Beatles, was created by Eric Idle with songs composed by Neil Innes. ... Eric Idle (born March 29, 1943) is an English comedian, actor, author and writer of comedic songs. ... Neil Innes (born December 9, 1944) is an English writer and performer of comic songs, best known for playing in the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and later The Rutles. ... The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... The Beatles Anthology is the name of a documentary series, a series of three albums and a book, all of which focus on the history of the popular rock band The Beatles. ...


In 1999, Lewis was invited to create and produce a special American tribute for It's... the Monty Python Story [4]- the BBC’s four-hour TV special on Monty Python’s 30th anniversary. For this Lewis conceived an animated sequence featuring the characters from South Park and he produced this tribute with series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. This article is an overview article about the Crown chartered British Broadcasting Corporation formed in 1927. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Trey Parker Randolph Severn Trey Parker III (born October 19, 1969 in Conifer, Colorado) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning American animator, screenwriter, film director, voice actor, actor and musician. ... Matt Stone Matthew Richard Stone (born May 26, 1971) is an Emmy-winning American animator, film director, screenwriter, actor and voice actor. ...


Lewis’ work in the DVD field includes producing the DVD edition of the Beatles' first film, A Hard Day's Night. He was Associate Producer of the DVD editions of the 1979 Who documentary The Kids Are Alright and the DVD release of all four full-length shows featuring live appearances by the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show. // The British release A Hard Days Night was The Beatles third album, released in 1964 as the soundtrack to their first film of the same name. ... The Who are an English rock band who first came to prominence in the 1960s and grew in stature to be considered one of the greatest rock n roll bands of all time [1][2] [3] [4]. Except for periods of retirement from 1983 to 1988 and from 1990 to... Soundtrack album cover. ... Ed Sullivan The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948 to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by former entertainment columnist Ed Sullivan. ...


Lewis has also been a producer of TV specials for NBC, VH1 and E! Entertainment TV. NBC (an abbreviation for National Broadcasting Company, its former corporate name) is an American television network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center and is shown on basic cable in Canada. ... VH1 (spelled VH-1 (Video Hits One) until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV, which originally came up with the idea of the channel). ... E! (Entertainment Television) is an American cable television and direct broadcast satellite network. ...


Television Personality

Lewis has been a regular presence on American TV since 1990 as a satirist, commentator, comedic performer and special correspondent. He has been co-host of US TV specials celebrating award shows (The Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, The British Academy Awards, The Britannia Awards (the British Grammys). He frequently appears as a commentator discussing politics and pop culture on a broad array of major US TV networks. He has appeared as a satirist or comedic performer on shows such Politically Incorrect, HBO's Night Rap, VH1’s My Generation, and The Tom Arnold Show. He has also appeared on British TV, serving as US correspondent for BBC shows such as The Terry Wogan Show and Good Morning. The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Kaiser Chiefs collecting one of their three Brit Awards, 2006 with Vic Reeves. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Politically Incorrect was a late-night, half-hour political talk show hosted by Bill Maher that ran from 1995 to 2002. ... Thomas Tom Arnold (born March 6, 1959 in Ottumwa, Iowa) is an American actor and comedian. ... Sir Terry Wogan Sir Michael Terence Wogan, KBE, (known as Terry Wogan) was born on August 3, 1938. ...


Radio host and correspondent

Lewis has hosted and produced his own daily radio show heard nationally on Steven Van Zandt's Underground Garage channel on Sirius Satellite Radio since 2005. [5] Prior to that, Lewis hosted his own weekly radio show in Los Angeles on KGIL-AM and wrote, hosted and produced a series of radio specials for L.A. radio station KLSX-FM. Van Zandt as Silvio Dante on The Sopranos The image above is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Underground Garage is a Garage Rock radio station on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 25 and DISH Network channel 6025. ... Sirius Satellite Radio NASDAQ: SIRI is one of two satellite radio (DARS) services operating in the United States and Canada. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... KLSX 97. ...


From 1998 to 2004 Lewis was a regular commentator on the British radio program Up All Night on BBC Radio Five Live (heard in the UK and worldwide on the internet) offering perspectives on American politics and pop culture. He was a Special Correspondent for the show during the political conventions in the 2000 and 2004 US presidential elections and also reported for the show from Washington DC during the 2001 inauguration of George W. Bush. Up All Night is a programme broadcast on the national radio station BBC Radio Five Live in the United Kingdom and is on air between the hours of 1am and 5am every night. ... BBC Radio Five Live is the BBCs radio service providing live BBC News, phone-ins, and sports commentaries. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...


Comedic Performer

Lewis has written two autobiographical one-man stage-shows - Great Exploitations! and Murder, He Wrote! Great Exploitations! was selected for inclusion in the 9th Annual Toyota Comedy Festival (June 2001) in New York and was the debut production at the Steven Spielberg Theatre in Los Angeles in July 1999. Nickname: Big Apple; City that never Sleeps; Gotham Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ...


Lewis has been a Master of Ceremonies for multiple awards shows and benefits including the Hollywood Reporter Key Art Awards (2000), the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' annual Interactive Achievement Awards (2001) [6] and the American Cinematheque’s Moving Picture Ball honoring Michael Douglas (1993). This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is a non-profit organization that promotes entertainment software, such as video and computer games, with its Interactive Achievement Awards ceremony held annually since 1998. ... The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) has been hosting the Interactive Achievement Awards for video game publication anually since 1998. ... Douglas at the Cinedom Movie Theater in Cologne, Germany, January, 1997 For other people bearing this name, see Michael Douglas (disambiguation). ...


Lewis also wrote and performed additional comedic material incorporated on the 1994 CD-ROM Monty Python's Complete Waste Of Time (7th Level) [7]


Writer

Lewis started his career in 1970 as a freelance journalist writing for British music weeklies such as the New Musical Express, Record Mirror and Disc. The New Musical Express (better known as the NME) is a weekly magazine about popular music published in the UK. It is unlike many other popular music magazines due to its intended focus on guitar-based music and indie rock bands, instead of mainstream pop acts. ... Record Mirror was a British weekly music newspaper. ...


He has written speeches, commercials and material for many entertainers including members of Monty Python as well as Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Jennifer Aniston, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Elliott Gould, Teri Hatcher, Anjelica Huston, Quincy Jones, Patrick Macnee, Roger Moore, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sally Jessy Raphael and Susan Sarandon. Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969 as Jennifer Joanne Linn Anastasakis) is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning American film and television actress. ... Zsa Zsa Gabor (born Gábor Sári on February 6, 1917) is a Hungarian-American actress and socialite, who, like her two sisters, is best known for her beauty and wealthy lifestyle. ... Elliot Gould on the cover page of TIME magazine. ... Hatcher as Lois Lane Teri Lynn Hatcher (born December 8, 1964 in Sunnyvale, California) is an American actress. ... Anjelica Huston (born July 8, 1951) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and former fashion model. ... Quincy Jones on the cover of Back on the Block (1989). ... Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg on the cover of a 1994 reprint of an Avengers novel co-written by Macnee. ... For other people named Roger Moore, see Roger Moore (disambiguation). ... Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is a Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning American actress and an Emmy-winning producer, with a portfolio of television, movie, and theatre performances. ... Sally Jessy Raphaël (born Sally Lowenthal on February 25, 1935 in Easton, Pennsylvania) is an American talk show host and television presenter. ... Susan Sarandon (born October 4, 1946) is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ...


He was the writer of the 1998 VH1 Honors Awards – Divas Live - which launched the VH1’s Divas franchise and featured Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan and Aretha Franklin. He has also written for the annual British Academy Awards, collaborating with Oscar show writer Bruce Vilanch. Faith Hill, Diana Ross and Mariah Carey from the 2000 concert in New York City First used in Vincenzo Bellinis 1831 opera Norma, the word diva has gone from describing an extraordinary singer whose onstage passions often spilled into her daily life, to encompassing any finger-snapping female celebrity... Céline Marie Claudette Dion (OC, OQ) (born March 30, 1968) is a French Canadian Grammy and Juno award winning pop singer and occasional songwriter[1] and actress. ... Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969) is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. ... Gloria Estefan (born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García on September 1, 1957 in Havana, Cuba) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning Cuban-American singer and songwriter. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American gospel, soul and R&B singer born in Memphis, Tennessee, but raised in Detroit, Michigan. ... Comedian Bruce Vilanch in The Aristocrats Bruce Vilanch (born November 23, 1948) is an American gag writer who turned into a celebrity after becoming a wisecracking regular on the revamped Hollywood Squares game show, next to Whoopi Goldberg in the left center square. ...


Lewis wrote the extensive ‘companion narrative’ for the 1998 re-publication of Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s 1964 autobiography A Cellarful Of Noise (Pocket Books, 1998). Brian Epstein, The Beatles manager and a force behind the groups early success. ... Pocket Books is the name of a subdivision of Simon & Schuster publishers. ...


Lewis re-commenced his journalistic career in 2000 when he was invited to become a Special Correspondent for TIME.com [8] - the website of TIME Magazine - for which he covered the 2000 United States presidential election and various cultural events in 2001. Lewis writes columns for various online publications including Salon.com[9], TruthOut.org [10]. the Huffington Post [11] (for which he is a regular contributor) and his own Agent Provocateur literary website. [12] (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... Presidential election results map. ... Screenshot of Salon. ... Truthout. ... The Huffington Post is a group weblog and news site started by Arianna Huffington on May 9, 2005. ...


Publicity & Marketing Strategist

Lewis also works as a publicity and marketing consultant through his company Springtime! [13] which he founded in 1977.


Bob and Harvey Weinstein - founders of Miramax Films and the Weinstein Company have credited Lewis with providing the inspiration and prototype for their own expertise in movie marketing. Bob Weinstein, along with brother Harvey Weinstein, was head of Miramax Studios. ... Harvey Weinstein at Cannes, 2002 Harvey Weinstein CBE (Hon) (born March 19, 1952) is an American film producer. ... Miramax Films was a Big Ten film motion picture distribution and production company headquartered in New York City before being bought out by The Walt Disney Company. ... The Weinstein Company is a in independent film studio founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein in 2005 after the pair left the Disney-owned Miramax Films, which they had co-founded in 1979. ...


A story about Lewis in the Hollywood Reporter in June 2000 included a joint statement by the Weinstein Brothers: "Back in 1982 when we were starting Miramax Films, Martin Lewis was the producer of what became our first hit movie - The Secret Policeman's Other Ball starring the Monty Pythons. Martin had a background in publicity and marketing and came up with a great campaign for the movie, creating a huge buzz and getting us free publicity, which was crucial to the film's success. We learned a lot about publicity and marketing from our experience with Martin Lewis." The Hollywood Reporter is one of two major trade papers of the film industry in the United States, the other being Variety. ...


Early in his career, Lewis had been a protégé of former Beatles publicist Derek Taylor - then working for the UK division of Warner/Elektra/Atlantic Records. Lewis subsequently worked at British independent record company Transatlantic Records as Director Of Publicity & Marketing - where he worked on campaigns for musicians and comedic artists such as Gerry Rafferty, Billy Connolly, Ralph McTell, the Sadista Sisters, Mike Harding, the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, and the Portsmouth Sinfonia. Derek Taylor (1932-1997) is best known as the press agent for the hugely popular rock band, The Beatles. ... Warner Bros. ... Elektra Records is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group, and today operates under Atlantic Records Group. ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label that operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Transatlantic Records was an independent British record label. ... Gerard Gerry Rafferty (born April 16, 1947, in Paisley) is a Scottish singer and songwriter. ... William Billy Connolly, CBE, (born 24 November 1942) is a comedian, musician, presenter, and actor. ... Ralph McTell (born Ralph May in Farnborough, England, 3 December 1944) is an English singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar player who has been an influential figure on the UK folk scene since the 1960s. ... Mike Harding (born 23 October 1944) is a British singer and comedian. ... The Portsmouth Sinfonia was a musical group founded by English composer Gavin Bryars, while teaching at Portsmouth School of Art in the early 1970s. ...


In 1994-1996 he reunited with Derek Taylor when he was engaged by Capitol Records as US marketing strategist for the Beatles' Anthology and Live at the BBC projects. Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... For the Dire Straits album, see Live at the BBC (Dire Straits album). ...


Other notable projects in recent years include the worldwide launch of Sir Paul McCartney's Music & Animation Collection DVD of animated musical films for children (2004), the 50th anniversary of the movie Blackboard Jungle and the 50th anniversary of the song Rock Around the Clock (2005), and the Academy Award campaign for the movie Crash (2006). Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE, (born June 18, 1942) is an English songwriter, musician and singer, best known as a member of The Beatles and one half of the songwriting partnership known as Lennon/McCartney. ... Blackboard Jungle is a 1955 social commentary film about teachers in an inner-city school. ... This article is about the song. ... Crash is an Academy Award-winning 2005 drama film directed by Paul Haggis. ...


The promotional website Lewis created for the 2000 theatrical reissue of A Hard Day's Night won the coveted Gold Pencil Award - the advertising industry's equivalent of the Oscar® - for the Best Promotional Website of 2000 – awarded annually by The One Club. [14]


Film Festival Producer

Lewis is a long-term member of the Board of Trustees of The American Cinematheque [15]. He has conceived, produced and hosted multiple film festivals in Los Angeles since 1993 including the Mods & Rockers Film Festival [16] celebrating 1960s and rock-related movies (presented annually since 1999) - and Lust For Glory! the official 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Monty Python troupe (1994). Other film festivals instigated, produced and hosted by Lewis in Hollywood have saluted Peter Sellers, Richard Pryor, Peter Cook, Graham Chapman, Ken Russell, Nicholas Roeg, and the feature film output of Britain's Channel Four. He also organized the official celebrations marking the 90th birthday of actor Glenn Ford in 2006. [17] [18] Richard Henry Peter Sellers, CBE (September 8, 1925 – July 24, 1980) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show and later became a film star. ... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an African American comedian, actor, and writer. ... Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell, known as Ken Russell (born July 3, 1927), is a controversial English film director, particularly known for his films about famous composers. ... Nicolas Roeg, born Nicolas Jack Roeg on August 15, 1928 in London, is an internationally-known film director. ... Channel 4 is a television broadcaster in the United Kingdom (see British television). ... Glenn Ford in 1979 Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Glenn Ford (May 1, 1916 – August 30, 2006) was an acclaimed Canadian-American actor from Hollywoods Golden Era with a career that spanned seven decades. ...


Lewis has served as Chairman of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Los Angeles), sitting on its Board of Directors for six years. He produced and hosted multiple film events for BAFTA/LA including co-presentations with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and The Directors Guild of America. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Founded on May 11, 1927 in California, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is a professional honorary organization dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of motion pictures. ... Directors Guild of America (DGA) is the labor union which represents the interests of film and television directors in the United States motion picture industry. ...


Beatles Scholar

Lewis is considered a leading Beatles historian and is frequently interviewed on Beatles-related topics. His association with the Beatles dates back to 1967 when he was engaged to compile the discography for Hunter Davies' official biography of the group. Years later, he wrote, hosted and produced the only TV documentary made about the Beatles' Anthology project' - Re-Meet The Beatles! (E! - 1995) To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


In 2004, Lewis instigated, produced and hosted The Fab 40!, a major celebration marking the 40th anniversary of the Beatles' first US visit. [19] Lewis has hosted Beatles fan conventions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and Orlando since 1992. [20] He created the Official Brian Epstein Website [21] and spearheads the campaign to have Epstein inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, The City of Big Shoulders Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Boston is a town and small port c. ... Orlando most often refers to: Orlando, Florida, a city in the United States Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, the 28th-largest metropolitan area in the United States // Orlando may also refer to: Places Orlando (Amtrak station) Orlando, Oklahoma, a town in the United States Orlando, Soweto, South Africa Literature... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...


Artist Management

Lewis is credited with discovering British comedian Alexei Sayle at the 1980 Edinburgh Festival and orchestrating Sayle’s breakthrough success in 1980-1984. Other artists who have engaged Lewis' services include Eric Burdon, Donovan and The Comets. He has been the manager of the infamous Portsmouth Sinfonia – the self-described World’s Worst Orchestra whose alumni include ambient pioneer Brian Eno, film composer Michael Nyman, avant-garde composer Gavin Bryars and rock producer Clive Langer - since 1974. Eric Victor Burdon (born May 11, 1941, Walker-on-Tyne, Northumberland) was the lead singer of The Animals and later of War. ... Donovan Philips Leitch (usually known simply as Donovan) (born May 10, 1946, in Maryhill, Glasgow) is a Scottish musician. ... The original members of Bill Haley and His Comets, c. ... Ambient music is a loosely defined musical genre that incorporates elements of a number of different styles - including jazz, electronic music, new age, rock and roll, modern classical music, reggae, traditional, world and even noise. ... Brian Peter George St. ... Michael Nyman (born March 23, 1944) is a British minimalist composer, pianist, librettist and musicologist, perhaps best known for the many scores he wrote during his lengthy collaboration with the British filmmaker Peter Greenaway. ... Richard Gavin Bryars (born 1943) is an English composer and double bass player that can be related to experimental music, avant-garde, neoclassicism, and ambient. ... Clive Langer is a British record producer active from the mid-1970s onwards. ...


Social activism

Lewis’ work with Amnesty International has been credited by politically-conscious and active artists such as Bono, Sting and Peter Gabriel as having been a major factor in the growing social activism of rock musicians since the early 1980s. In a 1986 interview in Rolling Stone magazine, Bono said: "I saw The Secret Policeman's Ball and it became a part of me. It sowed a seed..." Live Aid and Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof's first-ever participation in a benefit show was at 1981's The Secret Policeman's Other Ball - the event where he first worked with Midge Ure who later collaborated on Geldof’s worldwide fund-raisers. This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ... Peter Brian Gabriel (born February 13, 1950, in Chobham, Surrey, England) is an English musician. ... This article is about the music magazine. ... The Secret Policemans Ball was the third of the benefit shows staged by the British Section of Amnesty International to raise funds for its research and campaign work in the human rights field. ... Live Aid (not to be confused with Live 8) was a multi-venue rock music concert held on July 13, 1985. ... Official Live 8 DVD, released in November 2005 Live 8 was a series of benefit concerts that took place in July 2005, in the G8 nations and South Africa. ... Midge Ure OBE (born James Ure on October 10, 1953 in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a rock and roll guitarist, singer and songwriter from Scotland, who had particular success in the 1970s and 1980s. ...


Amnesty also credits Lewis with conceiving its 1988 Human Rights Now! world tour of all five continents that featured Bruce Springsteen, Sting and Peter Gabriel. The Human Rights Now! Tour was a truly worldwide series of benefit concerts in behalf of Amnesty International that took place over six weeks in 1988. ... Bruce Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...


References

  • "Rita Cosby Live & Direct" (featuring an interview with Martin Lewis) by Rita Cosby, MSNBC TV, 31 October, 2005
  • "The Apollonian spirit of the Beatles" by Martin Lewis, Variety (Centennial Issue), 16 October, 2005
  • "Box Set Sparks War Among Beatles Fans" (Interview with Martin Lewis) by Edna Gunderson, USA Today, 25 November, 2004
  • "Interview with Martin Lewis" by Frank Buckley, CNN Sunday Morning, 8 February, 2004
  • "America Gets Ready To Celebrate 40 Years of Beatlemania" (interview with Martin Lewis), by Fredericka Whitfield, CNN Live Saturday, 31 January, 2004
  • "Is An Australian Farmer Really the King of England?" (interview with Martin Lewis), The O'Reilly Factor, Fox News, 2 January, 2004
  • "British Humor: Martin Lewis" (Online chat with Martin Lewis), Usa Today.com, 18 July, 2003
  • "Conflict with Iraq: Tony Blair, England, and the U.S." (Online chat with Martin Lewis), Usa Today.com, 21 March, 2003
  • "Election 2002: BBC Political Commentator Martin Lewis" (Online chat with Martin Lewis), Usa Today.com, 31 October, 2002
  • "'A Hard Day's Night': Martin Lewis" (Online chat with Martin Lewis), Usa Today.com, 27 September, 2002
  • "Beatles Biographer Speaks on George Harrison's Life and Music" by Paula Zahn, host of 'Mornings with Paula Zahn,' CNN, 30 November, 2001
  • "The Art of Lying", by Martin Lewis, Salon.com, 3 August, 2001
  • "Rock became art when Martin met the Beatles" (featuring an interview with Martin Lewis), by Edna Gundersen, USA Today, 18 July, 2001
  • "Meet the Beatles expert who started a 30-year hoax", by Edna Gunderson, USA Today, 5 June 2001
  • Jim Henke, Human Rights Now! (Bloomsbury 1988) ISBN 0747503184
  • Martin Lewis, Peter Walker, editors, The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (London: Methuen, 1981)

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