Mark Bliesener began his music business career in 1966 as a drummer and vocalist in Chicago, Illinois. Between 1966 and 1976 he recorded, toured and performed as a member of The Prophets, ? and the Mysterians, Humpback Whale, and other bands while based in Chicago and Los Angeles.
In 1976 Bliesener "retired" in Boulder, Colorado to teach the nation's first course in "Rock 'n' Roll History." One of his students, Jello Biafra, used Bliesener's suggestion of The Dead Kennedys for his band's name. Also in 1976, Bliesener became editor of the Rocky Mountain Musical Express, a pop music paper distributed in 21 states. In addition, using the pen name "Radio Pete" he contributed regularly to New York Rocker, Sounds, Teen Spectacular, Rocket, Cadence and other publications.
In 1978 he was named Director of Publicity for Feyline Presents, Billboard's Concert Promoter of the Year for an unprecedented three years running in 1978, 1979, and 1980. While at Feyline his duties included coordinating pre and post performance, as well as on site media coverage, for more than 1,950 separate concerts and events including the US Festival, the Jamaica World Music Festival and all the U.S. stadium dates on the 1981 Rolling Stones Tour and the Farewell Tour of the Who.
In 1985 Bliesener left Feyline opening Publicity Services in Denver. This full service public relations company generated national and international television, print, radio and tour press for clients including Lyle Lovett, The World Wrestling Federation, The Joyce Trissler Dance Company, cowboy poet Baxter Black, MCA Records, Lonnie Mack, Hot Rize, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
In 1988 Bliesener joined Chuck Morris Entertainment as a management associate, overseeing the careers of Lyle Lovett, Highway 101 and Tchaikovsky Competition Award winning violinist Eugene Fodor.
In September 1991 the company reorganized as Morris, Bliesener and Associates with Bliesener as Vice-President. He remained in that position through 1999, helping artists score numerous Grammys, CMA, ACM, Gold and Platinum records and directing all aspects of artists careers including securing record, publishing, merchandise and soundtrack agreements. In addition, he approved contracts and coordinated tours throughout North America, the UK, Europe, Japan, Australia and the former Soviet Union. Clients included; Lyle Lovett, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Leo Kottke, Suzy Bogguss, Eugene Fodor, Ugly Americans, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Highway 101, Leftover Salmon and Chris Hillman and the Desert Rose Band.
In 1999, Bliesener opened Mark Bliesener Consults, advising all areas of the international and domestic personal management, touring and talent industries. Duties have included utilizing his all encompassing U.S. touring knowledge to overseeing the first tour of the States by Japan's Nicotine, implementing a Web based strategy to introduce Sony/MJJ Music's No Authority, coordinating talent affairs for the Liverpool World Music Festival, developing Radio Abbey Road for U.K. based Roadworks, contracting talent for the opening of the 19,000 seat Pepsi Center in Denver and consulting to indie labels including Tomato Head and Delgany Street Records. In addition he has assisted numerous bands, solo artists and performers from all musical genres with online career direction and development through his Bandguru.com Web site.
Mark Bliesener is an innovative and reliable consultant with more than 30 years of progressive, successful experience in all aspects of the music business. He is recognized as a hands on, proactive troubleshooter who can rapidly identify opportunities, formulate strategic plans, and implement new processes in challenging and diverse environments worldwide.
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