Seymour Stein (born 1942 in Brooklyn, New York) is an entrepreneur in the music industry who has been a part of the business since getting his first job as a clerk for Billboard magazine in 1958. Stein is a vice president of Warner Bros. Records and a co-founder of Sire Records.
Music career 
In 1966 Stein and record producer Richard Gottehrer founded Sire Productions, which led to the formation of Sire Records, the label under which he signed pioneer artists such as the Ramones and Talking Heads in 1975, the Pretenders in 1980 and Madonna in 1982. Other acts signed by Sire include Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Ice-T, The Undertones and Echo & the Bunnymen.
Such was Stein's influence in signing and promoting the "New Wave" genre of music that he is sometimes credited with coming up with the name as an alternative to the term "punk", which he found derogative. The term had previously been used to refer to the French New Wave film movement of the 1960s.
To date, Stein remains the President of Sire Records and is also Vice President of Warner Bros. Records with which he has had a marketing and distribution deal from 1976 to 1994 and again since April 2003. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 14, 2005, under the lifetime-achievement category.
Seymour Stein was formerly married to the late music promoter and real estate executive Linda Stein; together, the couple had two daughters before they divorced, on amicable terms, in the late 1970s.
Stein has never remarried.
- Seymour Stein is the subject of an eponymous song by the Scottish musical group Belle and Sebastian.
- He was the winner of a Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Dance Music Awards in 2010.
See also 
External links 
Seymour Stein - Belle and Sebastian
Artist: Belle And Sebastian Song: Seymour Stein Album: The Boy With The Arab Strap.
Belle & Sebastian - "Seymour Stein" (HD)
From the album "The Boy with the Arab Strap", released 1998.
TEDxGateway - Seymour Stein - Have Courage of your Convictions
About TEDx : In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experie...
Stevie Jackson "Seymour Stein" XPN2 Studio Session
Stevie Jackson performs "Seymour Stein," a song from Belle and Sebastian's 1998 album The Boy With the Arab Strap, at WXPN Studios in Philadelphia on April 8...
Seymour Stein: Industry Icon I Billboard.biz
A Billboard documentary tribute to legendary A&R man Seymour Stein, who discovered and signed artists such as Madonna, the Ramones, Ice-T, and the Talking He...
Weekend Sunrise - Seymour Stein The Man Behind Madonna
Seven Weekend Sunrise interviews Seymour Stein about the upcoming Dream Inc Music Workshops. The Workshops are this September 18-20 2009 at the Melbourne Tow...
Stevie Jackson - "Seymour Stein" (live at Chickfactor 2012, Brooklyn, NY)
Stevie plays Seymour Stein (from The Boy With The Arab Strap) at the Chickfactor 20th anniversary gig at the Bell House, Brooklyn, 12 April 2012.
Seymour Stein tent talk
Seymour Stein is a music industry giant. He is the Founder and CEO of Sire Records and a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. He signed and/or developed a...
Belle and Sebastian "Seymour stein"
Remi's latest obsession learning this verse to Seymour stein but insists on changing "reminded me of Johnny " to "Ginny"
Hall of Fame Inductee Seymour Stein on 2012 Inductee Don Kirshner
2005 Hall of Fame Inductee Seymour Stein reflects on the career of 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Don Kirshner. http://rockhall.com/inductees/
Wed, 22 May 2013 13:41:14 -0700
That man turned out to be Seymour Stein, vice president of Warner Brothers Records, co-founder of Sire Records and the man who launched the career of Madonna, the Ramones and the Pretenders. "This is like that rare story that you hear about," Smith said.
Mon, 20 May 2013 13:20:51 -0700
Fanning and Parker are among those interviewed for "Downloaded"; Winter also talked to Henry Rollins, the Beastie Boys' Mike D., Oasis' Noel Gallagher, record executives Seymour Stein, Don Ienner and Chris Blackwell, and Napster critics that include ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 07:38:47 -0700
... Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein; Grateful Dead lyricist, poet, essayist and “cyberlibertarian” activist JP Barlow; Hilary Rosen, former CEO of the Recording Industry Association of America; Harvard law professor and political activist ...
Mon, 20 May 2013 23:26:20 -0700
Academy attendees can look forward to hands-on workshops with industry experts such as Seymour Stein (President, Sire Records), Dan Teree (President and COO Ticketfly) and Nick O'Bryne (General Manager, Australian Independent Record Labels ...
Mon, 13 May 2013 09:29:01 -0700
Other luminaries spotted in the audience by Billboard included Jack Douglas, Mike and Linda Moran, Paul Williams, Paul Shaffer and Seymour Stein. The event was held in honor of the producer, who passed away March 30, after being hospitalized in ...
Thu, 02 May 2013 07:13:35 -0700
So is Sire Records' Seymour Stein. Latvia's stadium-fillers, the Travis-like melodic rockers and former Eurovision entrants Prāta Vētra (Brainstorm) are here, playing a small bar to show themselves off the visitors. But this is about Estonia and its ...
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:09:01 -0700
(Photo: A2IM)Brazil Trade Mission in Rio (L-R): (BACK) Rich Bengloff, Jochen Becker, Robert Singerman, Robert Williams, Alec Bemis, Tor Hansen, Seymour Stein, Phil Waldorf, Jurgen Korduletsch, (FRONT) Jim Selby, Bruce McIntosh, Paul Dryden, Randy ...
Yahoo! Singapore News (blog)
Yahoo! Singapore News (blog)
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 04:03:50 -0700
These include Johnny Wright, Justin Timberlake's manager, and Seymour Stein, who discovered pop act Madonna. In the night, some six venues in Clarke Quay will host concurrent DMM performances by popular acts such as Japanese band flumpool as well ...
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