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|William "Bill" Aucoin|
Bill Aucoin, 2008
December 29, 1943|
|Died||June 28, 2010
Born in 1943, Aucoin attended Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in film. He worked at WGBH in Boston during his college years and after. Aucoin later worked at Teletape Productions as a cinematographer. Credited with discovering KISS, Aucoin managed the group for nearly a decade. He was fired in 1982 due to a dispute about the band's appearance, but later worked with the band on various DVD projects. He's also infamous for passing on legendary rock band Van Halen before the band was snapped up by Warner Bros..
Aucoin produced a television show called "Supermarket Sweep" in the early 1970s. From 2005 to 2007, Aucoin went into the Broadway business with a staging of the Who's Quadrophenia, which showed intermittently for two years in Anaheim, CA and Los Angeles. Aucoin had re-entered the management business with his company, Aucoin Globe Entertainment, at the time of his death of surgical complications from prostate cancer. He is survived by partner Roman Fernandez and two sisters Betty Britton and Janet Bankowski.
List of acts managed
New England 1978–1981
Kid Rocker, 1981–1983
Billy Idol, 1982–1984
Rising Star, 1989–1990
Nothing Rhymes with Orange, 2007–2010
Evan Saffer, 2007–2010
The Early Strike, 2010
Dreaming in Stereo, 2010
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