Marty Thau, who founded groundbreaking indie Red Star Records, managed the New York Dolls and discovered other influential hard-rock and punk bands, died Feb. 13 in Petersburg, Va., after complications from renal failure. He was 75. Thau was born in New York on Dec. 7, 1938, and began his industry career at Billboard, answering a classified ad for an advertising trainee. He later worked at the Cameo-Parkway and Buddha labels and management company Inherit, before ascending to A&R chief at Paramount Records in 1972.

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