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In to the band’s official biography, According to the Rolling Stones, Richards describes Gomelsky as “one of those great Russians (who) hated capitalism. He had to grow into it and didn’t grow into it very gracefully. It wasn’t really his scene. Everything was on a very loose basis; nobody knew how big this thing was going to get.” He adds that “Giorgio could handle a few London clubs,” but that he was a “dedicated amateur… on a semi-professional level.”
Gomelsky swiftly shifted gears and began booking The Yardbirds at the Crawdaddy. He would go on to manage them and other British acts like Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll and Gong.
In a 2013 New York Times interview, he professed his distaste for the “money, money, money” that had taken over the U.K. scene in the ’60s. “By then the Brits had blown it. They’d been seduced by the American Dream of making a lot of money playing music in incredibly bad conditions like stadiums.”
Gomelsky moved to New York in 1978 and settled into a building on 24th St. in Chelsea that later was converted into an underground club know as the Green Door. In the early ’90s, the Green Door had a hot scene -- a performance space on the first floor and Gomelsky’s loft one flight up.
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Always the talent scout, he discovered D-Generation, a post-punk group featuring Jessie Malin, who became his latest house band. The ’90s rock scene must have reminded him of London 30 years earlier, but D-Generation would just remain a local fave. Gomelsky’s best days were behind him.
The building was renamed the Red Door, but it eventually fell into disrepair. Gomelsky’s poor health made it harder for him to focus on repairs. Sadly, he reportedly never completed his autobiography.
An iconoclast to the very end, Giorgio Gomelsky was the man who had the rug pulled from under him by the Rolling Stones. Perhaps managing them was not the job for him, but he never quite got over losing it.