Say It Ain't So...

So I was reading this article by Steve Albini when I stumbled across this sentence:

"Lyle Preslar, former guitarist for Minor Threat, is one of them."
The "them" in question are A&R men for major record labels. Can this be true? Can a former member of Minor Threat, and Dischord, really be out there lurking in the shadows of the bar, luring bands into the clutches of major record labels? They told me the devil would be attractive, but this attractive?


  1. "Preslar launched a career in music at the age of 17 as a founder, guitarist, and songwriter for the punk band, Minor Threat. The group, frequently recognized as one of the best punk bands, has sold more than one million records since its breakup in 1983. Preslar received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1988, after which he worked as an artist manager, booking agent, and paralegal in Washington, DC and New York. He then began a career as a music industry executive, working for Virgin Records, EMI, Elektra Records, and Sire Records in A&R, marketing, and label management."

  2. In fact "they" are often the only people who get into the most exclusive SXSW shows.