Neil Cooper, founder of ROIR record label which catered to rock and reggae bands, died Aug. 13 of cancer at his Manhattan home. He was 71.
Born in Philadelphia and a graduate of Columbia Business School, Cooper began his career as an agent for MCA and Famous Artists. His clientele included Shirley Bassey and Charles Mingus.
Cooper also spent time booking bands and taping their shows at an Upper East Side nightclub. He then decided to establish his own record label, Reach Out Intl. Records (ROIR) in 1979, releasing albums from a variety of underground rock and reggae artists such as Glenn Branca, Television, Suicide, the New York Dolls and the Skatalites.
Cooper is survived by a son and a half-brother.