Jon Monday is a music industry figure most noted for his association with progressive folk guitarist John Fahey's independent Takoma label. Monday got his start in the business by running a lighting company in the San Francisco Bay Area, servicing major acts at the Fillmore Auditorium and around the local scene. He moved down the coast to Venice in 1970, where he took a job as the promotions manager at Takoma. After a few years, he became the label's general manager, taking charge of a roster that included folk and blues artists like Fahey, Leo Kottke, Mike Bloomfield, and Canned Heat. Monday also served as a producer, engineer, and album art director from time to time, working with artists like Fahey, Jim Kweskin, Maria Muldaur, and Loudon Wainwright III, among others. In 1979, Fahey sold Takoma to the larger Chrysalis label, and two years later Monday was promoted to director of marketing at Chrysalis, where he oversaw mainstream successes like Blondie, Toni Basil, Billy Idol, and Pat Benatar. Following his stint at Chrysalis, Monday worked for several software companies, and launched a new venture in the '90s called MusicWriter, which offered sheet music and MIDI files for sale via electronic store kiosks.
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