Music industry veteran John Alexander, who signed Alanis Morissette in her early teens to MCA and later served as ASCAP’s senior vp membership, is recovering at home in Redondo Beach, California after being stabbed four times during a carjacking on Dec. 29. He underwent surgery for wounds to his upper back/torso and recovered in the ICU before being released on Jan. 1.
“My wife is taking care of me, so I’m happy about that,” Alexander tells Billboard, noting she wasn’t allowed to visit him in the hospital because of the pandemic. “My wounds are healing. I had a collapsed lung, as well as the stab wounds. They had to put a big tube into my chest to get the lung back. I’m going through something that everybody says is normal called post-traumatic stress syndrome. So I’m dealing with my brain and my wounds at the same time, but I’m okay. I think I’m going to be fine. It’s just going to take a little bit of recovery time on both the mental and the physical.
“The only good thing about the hospital stay was I tested negative for COVID,” he adds.
Alexander was in the 600 block of North Pacific Coast Highway around 9 a.m. on Dec. 29 when a male suspect stabbed him with a knife and stole his Jeep Cherokee. While Alexander was being treated at the scene, then transported to hospital, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department engaged in a brief pursuit of the suspect, who crashed into another vehicle, then two telephone poles and finally a wall in Rancho Palos Verdes.
The suspect, who was hospitalized, is identified as Silas John Marczak, 30, from Minneoti, Minnesota, according to a press release provided by the Redondo Beach Police Department. The occupant of the vehicle he hit was uninjured.
Marczak was charged with one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and falsely identifying himself to a peace officer. The warrant amount for his arrest was $130,000. Marczak was taken to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Medical Inmate facility for booking and housing on Jan. 2. He was arraigned on Jan. 5.
“Now, this guy has two warrants for attempted murder in Minneapolis,” says Alexander. “He fled Minneapolis, came to California and I’m his third attempted murder victim, but now at least they have him because he crashed. I went through hell, but I feel like I caught him.”
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Alexander has spent his entire career in the music industry, initially as lead singer of the band Octavian, which was signed to MCA, the same label for which he would become head of A&R from 1984 to 1991 in Toronto. During that time, he met a nine-year-old fellow Ottawan named Alanis Morissette, who he signed five years later and released two successful pop albums in Canada. Later, he introduced the singer to Glen Ballard, who would go on to produce and co-write 1995’s Jagged Little Pill for the Maverick label.
By the time Morisette hit global superstardom, Alexander was executive vp creative, North America at Universal Music Publishing Group. He then joined ASCAP in 1997, remaining there for 12 years. Since then, he has been working as a consultant, securing Grammy and Academy of Country Music deals for digital distributor Yangaroo, and has served as senior vp business development for digital media company Hitlab for the past 11 years. He also manages Boulevard, a rock band he signed to MCA in 1988 that reformed in 2015.