Early life and education
In 1970, bored with his work in advertising, he sent a letter to Clive Davis at CBS Records and landed a job at Epic Records as an A&R man. His discoveries included Boston, Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, and Ted Nugent, whose first album he co-produced as his first production credit. He also brought Kiss, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Rush to Epic, but the label passed on all three.
After combining A&R with record producing at Epic until the end of 1982, Werman moved to Elektra Records the following year, but left after four months and continued in producing as an independent; he also worked for a while as an executive at Capitol Records. He retired from the music business in 2001 after producing the music and soundtrack for the film Rock Star, starring Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston.
Werman has produced 23 gold and platinum albums by acts also including Blue Öyster Cult, Mother's Finest, Molly Hatchet, Mötley Crüe, Twisted Sister, Stryper, Hawks, Kix, L.A. Guns, and Poison, in addition to key recordings by Dokken, Gary Myrick & The Figures, Glass Tiger, Jason & The Scorchers, Krokus, Lita Ford, and The Producers.
Critics, including members of Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, and Twisted Sister, have sometimes described Werman's production style as too polished for the music. In 2008, Werman wrote to The New York Times calling bassist Nikki Sixx "totally deluded" for his criticism.
In 2002, Werman and his wife, Suky, opened Stonover Farm, a "luxury bed and breakfast" in Lenox, Massachusetts. In 2021, the Wermans sold the farm to attorney Randall Grimmett and his wife, actress and author Allison Smith.
Werman and his wife have three children.
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