Ken Weinstein

Publicist
Big Hassle Media

Ken Weinstein is the co-owner and co-founder of Big Hassle Media.

Weinstein worked as editor on various magazines for several years before starting his career as a music critic in 1987. Shortly thereafter, he became National Director of Beggars Banquet/Thirsty Ear Press and Video where he helped break The Charlatans UK and Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" album. In 1992, Weinstein led Caroline Records' press and video department where he helped name and establish Astralwerks, one of America's first electronica labels. In 1993, Weinstein was appointed Director of Media Relations for Atlantic Records. While at Atlantic, he worked with a diverse roster of artists, including Duncan Sheik, Page & Plant, Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair, Melvins, Bad Religion and Victoria Williams, among many others. Ken also has years of experience as Director of Marketing at Mercury Records, where he worked with Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach, Spalding Gray, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Wolf.

In 1999, Weinstein co-founded Big Hassle Media with Jim Merlis. In a deliberate effort to keep the roster as eclectic as his record collection, Big Hassle’s clients have always covered many genres. Among the many bands Big Hassle has worked with over the years include, among many others: Kings of Leon, Robert Plant, Gregg Allman, Tom Petty, Mumford & Sons, Lyle Lovett, Ray Davies, Ornette Coleman, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Dawes, The Hold Steady, Gaslight Anthem, Heartless Bastards, Gillian Welch, Against Me!, King Sunny Ade, Nada Surf, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Silversun Pickups, Forecastle, Sweetlife, Life is Beautiful, Death Grips, Burning Spear, Patty Griffin, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Artists Den, George Carlin, The Strokes, Patti Smith, Hanson, Manchester Orchestra, Cibo Matto, Trixie Whitley, Rufus Wainwright, John Waters, The Weeks, Fela, Ben Kweller, Robyn Hitchcock, Nicole Atkins. North Mississippi Allstars, Nicole Atkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Robert Randolph, Crowded House, The Libertines, Black Angels, Townes Van Zandt, Kaki King, The Bad Plus and Fountains of Wayne.

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