(CelebrityAccess) – Arnold “Arnie” Pustilnik, a concert promoter and artist director who worked with concert legend Bill Graham, died on August 20. He was 75 years old.
A statement from Pustilnik’s family to Billboard, which first reported his death, said he died after a battle with cancer.
A native of New York who moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s, Pustilnik joined promoter Bill Graham’s organization downstairs, working at the doorstep of one of Graham’s locations in the Bay Area.
Pustilnik quickly moved on to working behind the scenes, most notably handling the set-up for George Harrison’s 1974 North American tour with Ravi Shankar.
Pustilnik quickly oversaw the day-to-day management of clients such as the rock band Train and Carlos Santana. He has also led major tours, including the Rolling Stones Stadium Tour of Europe in 1982.
After Graham’s death in 1991, Pustilnik was one of 13 employees who acquired a controlling stake in Graham’s businesses and continued to lead Bill Graham Management with Mick Bridgen, including after acquiring the company for 65 million dollars by SFX Entertainment in 1997.
In 1999, Pustilnik and Brigden bought a controlling stake in the management business from SFX and continued to operate it for several years before selling the business in 2002, as Pustilnik’s health began to decline.
According to Billboard, Pustilnik is survived by his wife Susan Pustilnik; her daughter Sarah and her son Samuel Pustilnik; and sisters Iris Kozac and Lynne Tauber.