BRAIN FOOD: Unlikely managers - Rock band manager and agent

BRAIN FOOD: Unlikely managers - Rock band manager and agent - Name: Carl Leighton-Pope

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Name: Carl Leighton-Pope

When did you become a manager?

In 1972, I managed a college band called Sassafras. When they split up, I became an agent for Dire Straits, Simple Minds and Pattie Smith. As a manager, UFO was my first big act. Now, I'm an agent again. I've represented Van Morrison, Bonnie Tyler and Bryan Adams, who I still work with.

What does management mean to you?

Advising my clients. A manager chooses when to tour, when to release records. If they're good in interviews, put them in that situation, if they're not, don't. In the '70s, if you drove the van and got the money after the gig, you were the manager. Now, there's TV, publishing, video deals, sponsorships. But it's still an amateur industry - no degree, no schooling. You learn by your mistakes.

What do you love/hate about it?

I love the adrenaline - sell-out concerts, hit records - but it's unbelievably demanding. I have no hobbies.

I avoided drink and drugs so that I could run a business and still be at my son's rugby match.

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