Obituary

Jim 'Koz' Kozlowski, Indie Rock Label Veteran, Dies at 71

Jim Kozlowski
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Jim Kozlowski

The executive most notably worked as a product manager at Relativity Records.

Music industry veteran Jim “Koz” Kozlowski died peacefully of complications from a stroke on Sunday, May 2nd, 2021 in New York City. He was 71. There will be a memorial mass for him on Wednesday June 16 at 10 AM at the Church of our Saviour at 59 Park Avenue at 38th Street in Manhattan New York.

James John Kozlowski was born and raised in East Hartford, Connecticut, the only child of John J. and Adele T. Kozlowski. He attended East Catholic High School, where he was a distance runner and played saxophone. He earned an MBA from Boston University, and it was in Boston that he began a 30-year career in the music industry, first as store manager at the legendary Music City, then as producer of the syndicated radio program Rock Around the World.

Moving to New York City on New Year’s Day 1979, he worked at a series of indie rock labels, most notably Relativity Records, where as product manager he was involved in convincing Marvel Comics to allow the use of their iconic character The Silver Surfer as the original cover art for Joe Satriani’s platinum-selling album Surfing with the Alien. In a late-career change, he handled web content for Standard and Poors before retiring in 2014. He is survived by his wife of 26 years, MSG Networks audio technician Lula Shepard, his mother-in-law Juanita Shepard, and countless extended family, friends, and former colleagues who will miss him greatly.