Lawrence Cohn

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For the cardiac surgeon and medical pioneer, see Lawrence H. Cohn.

Lawrence Cohn (born 1942) is best known as head of Legacy Recordings, a branch of Sony Music Entertainment and as creator and producer of the Roots 'n' Blues series.

Cohn was educated as a lawyer, and became vice-president of CBS/Epic records and later head of Playboy Records and Music. He also continued a career as producer, writer and critic. He wrote Movietone Presents the Twentieth Century (New York : Saint Martin's Press, 1976) and edited Nothing But The Blues : The Music and the Musicians (New York : Abbeville Press, 1993).[1]

He has eight Grammy Award nominations and won Grammy Award for Best Historical Album in 1991 for the "Robert Johnson : The Complete Recordings" project. He also received, in the same year, the W. C. Handy Award for his work on Robert Johnson and was honored with a Special Distinction Award by the Blues Foundation for his "Contribution to the Blues." Moreover, Sony Music provided him with their first President's Award, for his work on Robert Johnson. He was also selected as one of the "100 Most Important People In The Music Business." [BAM, 1991[

His book, "Nothing But The Blues: The Music and the Musicians," received numerous awards. Amongst them, the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, BMI-Ralph Gleason Award and the Blues Foundations's "Hall of Fame" designation


Lawrence Cohn, ed. (1993). Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians. Abbeville Publishing Group (Abbeville Press, Inc.). ISBN 1-55859-271-7. 

  1. ^ He also spent 8 years as a Music Critic for the Saturday Review, at the same time serving as a Federal Agent, much of the time working on Attorney General Robert Kennedy's "Organized Crime Drive" program! "Catalogue". National Library of Australia.