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WCA #391 with Steve Rosenthal Part 2 – Magic Shop History, NDA’s, 9/11, Importance of Good Staff, and The Business of Restoration 

My guest is Grammy-Winning producer, studio owner, and archivist Steve Rosenthal. The man behind the Magic Shop in New York. Steve has worked on projects for Woody Guthrie, Les Paul, Blondie, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, and Erroll Garner projects. Part two of a two-part interview.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Growing a Client Base
  • Magic Shop History
  • Roger Moutenot
  • Ed Stasium
  • The World Before Nirvana
  • Studio Ownership
  • Lessons Learned Running a Studio
  • Sonic Highways
  • Importance of Good Staff
  • Ownership Style
  • Getting Coffee for Rick Rubin
  • NDA’s
  • The Dissolution of the Magic Shop
  • The Impact of 9/11
  • Shifting to Restoration
  • Ted Young
  • Working with Blondie
  • Lou Reed
  • Reinventing yourself
  • Nora Guthrie 
  • DA-88s and ADATS
  • MARS
  • The Business of Restoration 

Matt’s Rant: What Happens When the Work Dries Up?

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Steve Rosenthal
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith