The end of an era, as the last of the 'two Garys' steps down after 38 years at the US concert business magazine and conference
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Jeff Craft has retired from the UK agency he co-founded 12 years ago, he has confirmed to IQ, although he remains involved with X-ray in a limited capacity until spring
By Jon Chapple on 24 Oct 2017
Booking agent Jeff Craft, one of the co-founders of London-based X-ray Touring, has retired.
Craft – who launched X-ray with fellow Helter Skelter agents Steve Strange and Ian Huffman, and ITB’s Martin Horne and Scott Thomas, in 2005 – started out as a booker for both Cowbell and Derek Block from 1979–84, before joining Fair Warning, which became Helter Skelter, as an agent in ’84.
His roster includes Pixies, PJ Harvey, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Elbow.
Craft tells IQ he has already retired but “will maintain an involvement with X-ray until next spring.
“Until then I will be overseeing the handover of my roster as and when the acts need to appoint a new agent.”
X-ray in April became the latest booking agency to enter into a strategic partnership with Paradigm Talent Agency, joining fellow UK outfit Coda as the second British partner of the US full-service powerhouse.
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