Laura Kaufman dies at 66

Was record biz publicist, manager

Record-industry publicist and manager Laura Helen Kaufman died March 3 in Simi Valley, Calif. She was 66.

During a 40-year career, Kaufman’s work influenced the careers of such bands as Aerosmith, Ted Nugent, New York Dolls, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, Motorhead, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.

A native New Yorker, Kaufman was in high school and college when she decided that her unwavering infatuation with rock ‘n’ roll would determine her choice of career. Evenings were spent at the storied Night Owl Club in her Greenwich Village neighborhood listening to the likes of a young James Taylor, the Lovin’ Spoonful and the Blues Magoos.

In London Kaufman forged the lifelong friendships with musicians including Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks and began work at Leber-Krebs, the firm owned by two of the most powerful band managers of the 1970s, David Krebs and Steve Leber. Kaufman soon became the top publicist at the firm, becoming instrumental in the rise of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent. Upon leaving Leber-Krebs, she joined the Howard Bloom Organization.

In the 1980s, Kaufman moved to Los Angeles and became VP of media at CMC (now Sanctuary Records). She later branched out on her own and started her own management, publicity and media-consulting firm, the Laura Kaufman Co.

She most recently completed two novels, “Rock in a Hard Place” and “Birds of a Feather,” drawing on her experience in the rock ‘n’ roll world.

Kaufman is survived by a sister, a nephew and a niece.

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