Published Jan 14, 2009Despite the old saying "those who can't, teach," often for musicians it's "those who can't, become A&R dudes," or at least that's the case with former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke.
Word came earlier this week that Rouke has joined the MuseBox family and been enlisted to head up the A&R department for the Toronto/New York City-based music marketing firm. In Rourke's new position as director of A&R, his job responsibilities include identifying and working with unsigned and up-and-coming bands, guiding the acts through the career-building process and likely reminding them more than a few times that he used to play in the Smiths.
"The MuseBox is an amazingly focused, driven and effective marketing firm," said Rourke in a press release. "They are in this business purely for the love of music, and that alone makes this a great fit for me. I look forward to working with the team in finding and nurturing some talented newbies, taking them up level by level and helping them achieve their full potential as artists and professionals."
Since Rourke's Smiths days, he's joined up with fellow bass-men Mani (the Stone Rose) and Peter Hook (New Order) to form Freebass, started to do the whole DJ thing that all retired British musicians find a passion for and once even hocked his old Smiths bass on eBay.
The Smiths "A Rush and a Push and the Land Is Ours"