Depeche Mode Manager Jonathan Kessler: 'Friction Is What Keeps Them Creative' | Billboard

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The press shy Kessler talks exclusively with Billboard about the band's longevity, those "experimental" years in the mid-'90s and more ahead of being honored at the sixth annual Artist & Manager Awards. In 1986, a 22-year-old Jonathan Kessler -- fresh from graduating from the business school at the University of Pennsylvania -- began working for Depeche Mode as an accountant during the British band's Black Celebration tour. Over the next seven years, as the group went from strength to strength, releasing a string of classic albums along the way, Kessler's responsibilities steadily grew until in 1994 the New York-born executive, still aged under 30, became Depeche Mode's first ever offici..

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