London, England UK
“Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond” featuring the music of Peter and Gordon
We first came to know him through the global smash “World Without Love” as one half of the British Invasion duo Peter & Gordon. He returns in “Peter Asher: A Musical Memoir of the 60s and Beyond” which brings a multimedia experience to the stage, hosted by the two-time Grammy winner for Producer of the Year. Peter Asher moved effortlessly from his role with Peter & Gordon to Music Executive with the Beatles’ Apple Records, then famously- (as in cover of Rolling Stone magazine level famous)- to Producer and Manager, handling the careers of James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and a host of others. Books abound, documentaries with half truths (and worse) are all too common, but, now, finally, Mr. Asher tells first hand his tales from the eye of the cultural hurricane in this intimate performance.
“Memoir” includes film footage and photos from Peter’s considerable personal archive, brought to life with a storyteller’s gift, transporting audiences back to the heart of 60s popular culture. Icons such as Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono, Carole King, James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt are among the cast of characters in this narrative – along (of course) with the greatly missed Gordon Waller. The evening is filled with the music of Peter & Gordon, including “I Go to Pieces”, “True Love Ways”, and “Lady Godiva”. The songs given to Peter & Gordon by Paul McCartney are also front and center: “Woman”, “I Don’t Want to See You Again”, Nobody I Know”, and “World Without Love”, all of which were US Top 40 hits. Peter – backed by a four piece band-presents these timeless classics along with other old favourites from that golden era.
The show brings the audience through Peter’s journey all the way to the present day, and projects such as the PBS special “Buddy Holly: Listen to Me -The Ultimate Buddy Party” and its sister CD, “Listen to Me: Buddy Holly”. His current work on soundtracks, alongside the legendary Hans Zimmer, is touched on as well-the most recent being the film “Madagascar 3″. In fact, Peter sang and produced the only original song in Madagascar 3, which Peter co-wrote with his friend Dave Stewart. “Memoir” includes a live performance of the song, the love theme “Love Always Comes As a Surprise”
Peter Asher was born in London June 22, 1944, the son of a doctor
and a professional musician. He was educated at Westminster School in
London and at Kings College, London University, where he studied
Peter’s entry into the world of the performing arts was as a child
actor. At the age of eight he starred in his first film, “The Planter’s Wife” as
the son of Claudette Colbert and Jack Hawkins. He went on to act
extensively in various film, TV, radio and stage productions.
His legendary music career began in 1964 as one-half of the singing
duo Peter & Gordon, who amassed nine Top 20 records during their career.
In 1968, Mr. Asher became head of A&R for the Beatles newly formed
record company, Apple Records, where he found, signed and produced
James Taylor and worked closely with the Beatles on their individual
projects. During this period he became a key figure in the “revolution” of
The Sixties, founding the book shop and art gallery “Indica” (where John
and Yoko met and where Allen Ginsberg and William Boroughs visited) and
found himself at the centre of an era of profound social and artistic change.
In 1971, Asher moved to the U.S. and founded Peter Asher
Management, representing James Taylor and, beginning in 1973, the
management and production of Linda Ronstadt as well. Peter Asher
Management became one of the most successful Artist Management
companies in the US handling artists such as Joni Mitchell, Randy Newman,
and Carole King as well as James and Linda.
As a producer, Mr. Asher has worked with such diverse artists as
James Taylor, 10,000 Maniacs, Diana Ross, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr,
Linda Ronstadt, Cher, Morrissey, Robin Williams, Robbie Williams, Elvis
Costello, Jane Monheit, Kenny Loggins, Heart, The Dixie Chicks, Rodrigo y
Gabriela, Hans Zimmer and Billy Joel, among many others. He has been
awarded 37 RIAA-certified gold albums and 22 platinum albums in the
U.S., and many more internationally. Mr. Asher has produced twelve
Grammy Award-winning recordings, and in 1977 and 1989 was honored
individually with the Grammy Award for “Producer of the Year”. He has
also received various international awards, is a member of Mensa and of the
Recording Academy’s Board of Governors, and has been a frequent keynote
speaker at industry events.
In February 1995, Peter Asher was named Senior Vice President,
Sony Music Entertainment.
At the beginning of 2002, Peter left Sony and returned full time to
the management of artists’ careers as President of Sanctuary Artist
Management, the position he held until September 2006, when he resigned.
Following a year in partnership with his friend Simon Renshaw (who
manages the Dixie Chicks and others), Peter Asher Management re-
emerged on its own in 2009 (coincidentally on the fortieth anniversary of its
After a 37 year gap, Peter & Gordon reunited in New York for one benefit
concert for a friend on August 2, 2005 which was very successful and they
went on to perform together on various special occasions just for the fun of
it until Gordon’s untimely death in July of 2009.
Since then Peter has continued to be in high demand as a record producer,
consultant, lecturer and (most recently) as a performer again in his
successful one-man show, “A musical memoir of the 60s and beyond”.
Other recent projects include the latest album from guitar duo Rodrigo
y Gabriela (“Area 52”, recorded in Cuba), the recent Buddy Holly
tribute “Listen to Me” (an album and PBS TV Special) and the production
of music for “Pirates of the Caribbean 4”, “Sherlock Holmes 2”
and “Madagascar 3”, working with Hans Zimmer. In fact, Peter sang and
produced the only original song in Madagascar 3, the love theme “Love
Always Comes As a Surprise” which Peter co-wrote with his friend Dave
Stewart. He also collaborated with Zimmer and Pharrell Williams on the
production of all the musical elements of the Academy Awards show, 2012.