Ed Bicknell

Managing Director / Damage Management LTD, UK

After moving to London, Ed worked as a drummer for Jess Conrad and then as a booker for John Sherry Artists, finding work for a number of prog-rock/college bands – including Wishbone Ash. Towards the end of 1977 he was working at NEMS agency when he got a call from Phonogram A&R man John Stainze who had just signed a new band, Dire Straits, to the Vertigo label. Ed got the job as their manager, and continued to manage Mark Knopfler as a solo performer for several years after the dissolution of the band in 1995. He left the London office of William Morris Agency as head of international music in February 2008, after working there for a year. In recent years, Ed has often appeared on radio and television to discuss music industry issues and his beachfront home in Barbados.