Neil Young remembers his longtime manager Elliot Roberts, "the greatest manager of all time" and "my friend for over 50 years," in a tribute to the rocker penned on his Neil Young Archives site. Roberts, who also managed artists like Joni Mitchell and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, died Friday at the age of 76.
"Never one to think of himself, he puts everyone else first. That's what he did for me for over fifty years of friendship, love and laughter, managing my life, protecting our art in the business of music. That's what he did, "Young wrote.
" When it came to our business, Elliot guided me through every move. We talked every day. Often I would call him multiple times in a day, arguing, discussing, planning and sharing. He was there for me and protected my music with a fierceness. He loved music and managed over the years for many greats: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, David Blue, Tracy Chapman, Tegan and Sara, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Tom Petty, the Eagles, among others. Given that William Morris Agency, Roberts established his Lookout Management in the Sixties after hearing a tape of Joni Mitchell. Roberts, then only 23, began managing Young in 1
"Because I tend to avoid the confrontations and delivering news, I am not good at doing any of that," in his first memoir, Waging Heavy Peace . “Elliot is. He knows how to communicate where I do… Just as I wake up every day with a new idea, he wakes up every day with a new approach to solving the problems that I am already immersed in. There are a lot of them. This is our pattern. ”
“ All the words in the world could not express my love and thanks to Elliot Rabinowitz and his family, who adored him. He was there for all of us, "Young continued on the Neil Young Archives Saturday.
" I love love deals for us, saving our publishing rights, as well as helping book our concerts, as well as booking the Bridge Concert with Marsha Vlasic from the very beginning for over 30 years. He made it happen. This world is forever changed for me, for all who knew him and loved him. His memory shines with love. ”
Young's CSNY band mates Stephen Stills and Graham Nash and previously paid tribute to Roberts following his death Friday.