After 18 years of managing some of the biggest bands in the Pacific Northwest, including Soundgarden and Alice In Chains,
Susan Silver has decided to "downsize" her clientele. She will no longer manage her
husband (and former Soundgarden singer) Chris Cornell.
"Basically, I wanted to simplify my life and have some time off," said Silver,
whose management clientele list includes Soundgarden (even through the band broke up
earlier this year, there is still plenty of business to attend to), Sponge, Tuatara, Alice in
Chains and the Fairfield Four.
Since last week's low-key announcement, Cornell has changed management companies
and is now being managed by his old friend, former Offspring manager Jim Guerniot, head of Time
Bomb/Deconstruction Records. Soundgarden, who were managed for more than 10
years by Silver, announced their break-up earlier this year.
Guerniot confirmed that he was taking over management of Cornell, a friend for
over a decade, but said he preferred not to comment further on the matter.
Guerniot, formerly an executive at A&M Records, is credited with helping to sign
and nurture the band's career at A&M. He subsequently became close with Cornell
and Silver, he added, during his tenure at the label, which ended in July of
1994. Guerniot has managed power-punkers Social Distortion for 14 years.
"If I wouldn't have done this now, the first six months of next year would have
been so incredibly busy, with five records coming out, I wouldn't have been
able to think about anything like this for 12-24 more months," she said,
referring to impending releases by Tuatara, Sponge, the Mayfield Four and solo
debuts from AIC guitarist Jerry Cantrell and Cornell. "It was either now or two
years from now."
Silver, who was in the management business for 18 years, starting out with such
legendary Northwest bands as the U-Men, Black Outs and Screaming Trees, said she
was "grateful to have been of service to my clients and the music industry."
Silver's office will remain open so she can continue to administer any future
Soundgarden or Alice in Chains releases, she said, and "possible music-related
projects in the future." However, the end of the year will mark her effective
retirement from the business.
She said it has not been established who would take over management of her other
clients and their various solo projects.
Cantrell is still working on a solo record expected for an early 1998 release
and Cornell is currently working writing and demoing songs for his solo debut,
also expected for a 1998 release. Gil Kaufman
[Tues., Nov. 4, 1997, 9:00 a.m. PST]