May 22, 2013
Dave Stewart to Give Keynote Speech
A “fearless innovator”, as Bob Dylan once described him, Eurythmics mastermind Dave Stewart will take the stage at the Reeperbahn Festival, and, in his keynote address “Where Is The Money”, he’ll share his ideas for technology, innovation and a strong, sustainable creative economy with festival delegates.
Stewart takes an extremely broad approach to the creative industries – no doubt due in large part to the fact that beyond his widely known work as a musician, the multitalented Stewart is also a scriptwriter, photographer, entrepreneur, promoter, and social activist.
Musical mastermind of the Eurythmics, member of the UK Hall of Fame, winner of Grammy and Golden Globe awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Brit Awards, and more than 100 million album sales.
Stewart has written hits for Katy Perry, Bryan Ferry, Bono, Bon Jovi, and Tom Petty. In 2011, he teamed up with Mick Jagger and Joss Stone to form the supergroup SuperHeavy, whose album was selected by Rolling Stone as one of the 50 Best Albums of 2011. As a producer, Stewart has worked with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, the Neville Brothers, and, recently, with Stevie Nicks on her critically acclaimed 2011 solo album.
Since the 1990s, Stewart has also been making a name for himself as a composer of film soundtracks, including for films by Robert Altman (Cookie’s Fortune, 1999), Charles Shyer (Alfie, 2004), and Ted Demme (The Ref, 1994). Stewart also wrote the music for Ghost the Musical, which opened on Broadway in 2012.
His own recent records The Blackbird Diaries (2011/Membran) and The Ringmaster General (2012/Membran) are blues-inspired masterpieces, and his new album Lucky Numbers is to be released in September of this year, also with Membran Entertainment.
Stewart wrote the story for the American primetime television series Malibu Country and, with co-author Mark Simmons, the book The Business Playground: Where Creativity and Commerce Collide, which since its publication in 2010 has been translated into eight languages.
Stewart’s Weapons of Mass Entertainment (WME) – which the Los Angeles Times has called a “media company for the new world” – links creative ideas to projects in the fields of music, film, television, books, theatre, and new media. In 2004, Stewart and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen launched The Hospital Club, a 5,000-square-metre creative centre in the heart of London.
In 2002, Stewart worked with Nelson Mandela to initiate 46664, a global AIDS prevention campaign. Stewart wrote songs with Paul McCartney, Bono, and The Edge, among others – songs that could only be heard over the telephone by dialling 46664, Mandela’s prison number – and all proceeds were donated to the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Six years later, Stewart joined the group of American music stars who supported Barack Obama’s election campaign and contributed to the album “Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement”.
Reeperbahn Festival is looking forward to an inspiring keynote address from the man The Sunday Times aptly described as a “Jack of All Trades Master of All of Them”: Dave Stewart.
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