Rolling Stones tour director Mick Brigden dies in accident at home while digging dog’s grave


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Mick Brigden, a tour manager known for his work with the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, died on Sunday following an accident at his home in Santa Rosa, Calif., According to his family. He was 73 years old.

Brigden’s wife Julia Dreyer Brigden told the local newspaper The democratic press that the accident happened while her husband was digging a grave for their pet dog. The director was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital, where he died.

Born in Southend On Sea, England, Brigden was a protégé of famous concert promoter Bill Graham and worked with Van Morrison, Humble Pie, Peter Frampton and Carlos Santana during his decades-long career.

He first worked as a graphic designer in Canada, but turned his career towards management after meeting Mountain leader Felix Pappalardi in New York City, according to Brigden’s obituary on his website.

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mick brigden

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Brigden spent seven years working under Graham before taking over the management division of the promoter’s Bill Graham Presents organization. From there, he helped start Wolfgang Records, which distributed six of Eddie Money’s studio albums, including his self-titled 1977 debut album.

After Graham’s death in 1991, Brigden and his managing partner, Arnold “Arnie” Pustilnik, joined 13 other BGP employees to buy 90 percent of the company. He and Pustilnik sold the business in the early 2000s, when Brigden opened MJJ Management with guitarist Joe Satriani as the sole client.

“It was 33 crazy and wonderful years of rock ‘n’ roll,” Satriani said in a statement after Brigden’s death. “I’ve never worked so hard, played so hard, laughed and cried so hard, made so much music and had so many adventures around the world, and all with Mick by my side.”

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“He was the ultimate mentor in the music world. Honest, tough, caring, hardworking, respectful, tenacious, insightful, he was everything and more. Mick taught me so much about how to be a good person,” he added. “Throughout his illustrious career he worked the biggest and the best, but he always knew the importance of being kind, respectful, cool and doing things right.”

Outside of music management, Brigden had a passion for winemaking, supplying grapes grown in his northern California vineyard to make an exclusive Owl Ridge Cabernet.

Brigden is survived by his wife Julia, son Jack, stepdaughter Jessica and grandson David Merz.

Her family have requested that any donation in Brigden’s honor be made to the Humane Society of Sonoma County.


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