Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library

by RockinAdmin on April 24, 2014

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Rockin’ in the New World was selected as a key resource for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library! A great honor for Bob! See it here: http://library.rockhall.com/rts/takin_care_of_business

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Tulipan in The Huffington Post with Strangefruit

by RockinAdmin on July 31, 2013

Using the tools and advice from his book “Rocking in the New World”, Bob is bringing up-and-coming UK band “Strangefruit” into the spotlight and proving that he “Walks It Like He Talks It”: Read below or click here:

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They say that musical talent is usually embedded in the genes. Think Lennon, Dylan, Marley, et. al.

Perhaps not in that upper echelon, The Only Ones will forever have a place in the annals of rock ‘n’ roll if for no other reason than Peter Perrett’s 1979 British new-wave anthem “Another Girl, Another Planet,” one of those perfect, 3-minute rock songs.

Fast forward two decades later, and you’ll find Perrett’s progeny Jamie and Peter Jr, on guitar and bass respectively, essentially continuing the family business in a new band Strangefruit UK. The group is generating a buzz with a recently released, 5-song EPBetween The Earth and Sea, an unforgettable video for “Sea of Fog” and Twitter-worthy gigs at London’s Shoreditch House, East End hotspots and trendy festivals, including this weekend’s The Secret Garden Party, rustic Britain’s festival answer to The Burning Man compendium of hip music, performance art and scene-making in the Nevada desert.

Critical to Strangefruit’s elixir is the London-based band’s talented lead vocalist/violinist/pianist Jenny Maxwell, a triple threat of voice/musicianship, looks and writing talent. No wonder she’s catching the eye of high couture tastemakers. It’s where fashion, music and art meet.

The fruits’ dreamy sound is a far cry from the reckless abandon that Perrett Bros. briefly unleashed in 2004 as part of mercurial Pete Doherty’s then brand-new Babyshambles.

The benevolent svengali behind Strangefruit is an American named Bob Tulipan, a music biz veteran, who in the 1970s and 1980s promoted concerts and managed various iterations of such draws as Public Image Ltd and the Psychedelic Furs, not to mention — The Only Ones. Hence, the connection to the past.

In the 1990s through 2006, with longtime partner, iconic rock photographer Maureen Baker, he created and ran Traffic Control, the highly successful company that procured visas and global travel logistics for international touring acts the likes of Elton John, Oasis and Madonna.

Strangefruit brought Tulipan out of management retirement, although it does allow him to put into practice what he preaches in his 2011-published book Rockin’ The New World — Taking Your Band from the Basement to the Big Time (Sterling). His connections landed the band as the centerpiece of a documentary-type promotional campaign for Avid/ProTools featuring the band recording sessions for their single (“Tell Me”) at holy ground Abbey Road Studios with Avid Pro Tools footing the bill and A-list producer Greg Wells (Adele/Katy Perry). Strangefruit embodied Avid’s six-month promotional search for “a band with a dream.”

Tulipan and Baker, now operating as Highland Ventures, confide Strangefruit thankfully doesn’t require the same high-maintenance aspects of band management for which some of their earlier acts whom became tabloid fodder.

There are five great tracks on their critically acclaimed debut EP Between the Earth and Sea distributed by AWAL/Kobalt and synch licensing deals for the band’s music to appear in films, television and other media are in the works, while management consider their future options since the band are prolific writers and already sitting on enough material for a full album.

Listening to the EP, the comparisons between Strangefruit and Florence & the Machine (with whom they already shared a bill) are inevitable. Both frontwomen draw on a Kate Bush meets Bjork mystique, while the band concocts other-worldly electric orchestration, propelled by Maxwell’s violin. Lyrically, the songs live up to the EP’s title “Between The Earth and Sea.”

The aforementioned artful video for “Sea of Fog” visually depicts a well-heeled party of gluttony, debauchery and possibly even cannibalism, while periodic edits cut back to the band chugging along like gypsy dervishes and the bewitching Maxwell commanding centre stage. The “Sea of Fog” video is reminiscent of both the scene-stealing secret S&M suburban society found in Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 swansong Eyes Wide Shut and also Peter Greenaway’s equally disturbing 1989 film The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover.

Maxwell helped develop the video concept with director/producers Matthew Oaten and Laura Clarke. Sitting in the middle of the feast’s table is London actor, life model, performance artist and playwright Zoe Simon, who’s consoled by Maxwell in the video.

Like the Perrett Bros.’ previous group Love Minus Zero, Strangefruit takes its moniker from a classic song, in this case the haunting Billie Holiday ballad about a Southern lynching. Hopefully, we’ll eventually get to hear Strangefruit’s take on their namesake.

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Tulipan to be Keynote Speaker at MOVE Music Festival 2013

March 11, 2013

Bob has been selected as the Keynote Speaker for the 2013 MOVE Music Festival. The MOVE Music Festival is an ILMG and Avid Entertainment production. The festival will consist of approximately 100 acts performing at venues across Albany, New York on April 26-27, 2013. Additionally, MOVE will be holding a merchandise trade show and interactive […]

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Strangfruit: A band with a dream, a Grammy winning producer, and Avid

February 21, 2013
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Panelist – CBGB Festival

June 22, 2012

Bob will be a participant at the CBGB Festival Music Conference on Thursday July 5th as part of the panel “What to Expect of Artist Management in Today’s Landscape – How managers support artists’ careers and day-day business. Making sure artists make the right career decisions“.  Alongside Bob will be Michael Krumper,  CEO/Founder Missing Piece Group: Brian Hultgren, Maine […]

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Bushwick Walkabout Festival

June 18, 2012

Bob Tulipan will be onsite this year at the Bushwick Walkabout Festival in Brooklyn on July 13th and 14th. Don’t miss your chance to meet Bob in person, click the image below and grab some pre-sale tickets before they are all sold out!

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Book Signing: Meet the Authors – June 19th at Webster Hall

June 18, 2012

Bob will be signing books at the New Music Seminar in New York City on Tuesday June 19th from 11:45am to 1:00pm at Webster Hall. Click here for more details: http://newmusicseminar.com/event-details/schedule/

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Music Industry Panel for Rockin’ In The New World at Shoreditch House

April 27, 2012
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Rockin’ at SXSW 2012

April 5, 2012

Rockin’ in the New World was down at SXSW this year. As always, we had a great time and distributed the book to hundreds of up-and-coming artists! It was great meeting everyone and listening to some great bands. See ya next year Austin!

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GOTHAM ROCKS INTERVIEW WITH BOB TULIPAN

April 3, 2012

Repost from: Gothmam Rocks Bob Tulipan went from the basement to the big time along with the careers of many of the artists that he has worked with. From promoting local bands and shows at CBGBs in the 70s to producing shows all around the world with The Police, Cheap Trick, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper, […]

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