Phil Tripp, CEO IMMEDIA!, Former Publisher Australasian Music Industry Directory and TheMusic.com.au, has called out the late David Snell, a former Chairman of EMI Records and ARIA.
With Phil’s permission, we’ve published the letter in full below:
ME TOO!!!! Even though I’m a male from the music biz.
My ex-wife Lisa related this story on her timeline so I figure I can fill in the blanks. About 25 years ago, she and I were at a Christmas party at the offices of Warner Chappell Music, with the top brass of the biz milling about. Lisa was the highly successful head of Music Staff, an industry specific employment service who had placed many women in top level jobs and she was my partner in IMMEDIA! and the Music Industry Directory.
10 metres away, a grossly drunk David Snell–then Chairman of EMI Records and the Chairman of the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA)–started to stagger with his toadie in tow to lurch in front of me in a threatening manner, but my hands were firmly clenched behind my back anticipating trouble. He had just met Lisa 10 minutes earlier who was gracious and polite and noted they lived on the same street back in NZ where they both hailed from.
But now, arguably the most powerful man in the industry ( with a lurid reputation for sexual harassment) shocked everyone standing within earshot by saying to me in a soused roar “I just met your wife. She’s a whore. Uglier than a Merino’s arse. Too ugly to f&%#. Why don’t you put a paperbag over her head and take her home?”