Steven Machat

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Steven Machat (born October 18, 1952) is an American entertainment mogul, lawyer, and the producer of Bird on a Wire, the documentary film of the Leonard Cohen 1972 European tour.[1][2][3]


Machat was born in Manhattan, New York. His father, entertainment lawyer Marty Machat, was known for representing artists such as Phil Spector, Sam Cooke, and The Rolling Stones.[4] He attended University of Miami as an undergraduate, where he studied accounting,[5] and then attended Vanderbilt University Law School.[6]

Machat has been a worldwide entertainment attorney, music publisher, manager of music talent, and record label owner as well as film producer, among other commercial endeavors. His clients have included Electric Light Orchestra, Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Ready for the World, Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector, Stacey Jackson, Snoop Dogg, New Edition, Bobby Brown, Manu DiBango, Rita Lee, and new artists from Sweden, Yung Lean and The Sad Boys.

In London, Machat wrote the book Gods, Gangsters and Honour, filled with stories about the celebrities he worked for.[7] Machat wrote the book to share the light he discovered handling the careers of many of the top icons of the music industry. The first edition of the book was published in the UK by Beautiful Books Limited (UK) in August 2009.[8]

Machat lectured across Europe and the United Kingdom at universities, including both Oxford University and Cambridge University, as well as at musical festivals and book fairs.

Steven Machat lost his son Barron, the co-founder of the record label Hippos in Tanks, in a car accident in April 2015.[4]


Machat has a traditional law background; he graduated from Vanderbilt Law School and University of Miami Business School. At Vanderbilt, he got his feet wet in the real legal system as a public defender in Davidson County, Tennessee for 2 years. He started his commercial career in 1978 as a law partner with his father the late Marty Machat at their law firm Machat & Machat in New York, Los Angeles, & London.

Machat has ventured into the creative and business process of theatre, movies, and movie soundtracks. These include "Elvis", West London Production, "Private Lives" with Elizabeth Taylor, Flashdance, Streetfighter, Judge Dredd, Stan Lee Properties, HOPE an album with the Dali Lama dedicated to Peace[clarification needed], and the award-winning musical documentary Bird on a Wire about Leonard Cohen's travels from Dublin, Ireland to Tel Aviv, Israel.

Steven has written 4 books: Highways of Man – The Odyssey Almanac; Man, Community & Living The American Dream; Gods, Gangsters and Honor: A Rock 'n' Roll Odyssey; and Sacred Knowledge, A Rock 'n' Roller's Guide to Higher Consciousness.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Rousseau, M. (August 13, 2010). "Bird On A Wire: Steven Machat talks to Saga" Archived August 16, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Saga.
  2. ^ Murray, R. (August 16, 2010). Steven Machat Interview: Behind the Scenes on Bird On a Wire. Clash Music.
  3. ^ 'Lost' Leonard Cohen film to premiere at Green Man festival, July 23, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Remembering Hippos in Tanks co-founder Barron Machat". Fact. April 9, 2015. Retrieved October 3, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Machat, Steven (2013). Gods, Gangsters & Honour: A Rock n Roll Odyssey. New York, NY: Consciousness Manifesto, Inc. p. 2. ISBN 0983905754.
  6. ^ Tracy, Liz (March 12, 2013). "Steven Machat Teaches The Secret And Sacred Knowledge Of Music To South Florida". New Times Broward-Palm Beach. Retrieved October 3, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Croft, Mat. "Gods, Gangsters & Honour by Steven Machat". Record Collector. Diamond Publishing. Retrieved February 11, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ Excess all areas: A Life in Rock n Roll, The Independent, July 31, 2009.