A true show business heavyweight, rock manager Albert Grossman represented some of the biggest names in the business during the '60s and '70s, including Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, the Band, Paul Butterfield, and Peter, Paul & Mary, among others. Graduating with an economics degree from a midwestern university, Grossman worked for the Chicago Housing Authority before opening up a small folk club in the city. From there he built a small artist management company around folk singers Odetta and Bob Gibson.
Yet it wasn't until Grossman discovered Bob Dylan that he became a force in the business. A genius at negotiation and fiercely protective of his clients, Grossman intimidated nearly every record exec he came in contact with, creating an environment where his acts were the highest paid and the best treated. Evidence of his tough business tactics can be seen in the D.A. Pennebaker directed documentary of Bob Dylan's 1966 tour titled Don't Look Back.