Rock Manager and Author
Simon Napier-Bell is a rock manager, author, songwriter, film-maker and public speaker. Artists he’s managed include The Yardbirds, with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, Ultravox, T Rex, Marc Bolan, Japan, Asia, Candi Staton, CC Catch, Boney M, Sinéad O'Connor, Wham, and George Michael.
In the 60s he co-wrote the song You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, a number one, first for Dusty Springfield, then for Elvis Presley.
He has also written four best-selling books: You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, about the 60s; Black Vinyl White Powder, about the postwar British record industry; and I’m Coming To Take You To Lunch, about taking Wham! to Communist China in the 80s, the first Western rock group ever to play there. And Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay, a history of the business of popular music from 1710 until today.
Recently he has directed three documentary films - 'To Be Frank', about Frank Sinatra, for Netflix - '27 Club', an investigation into the psyche of creative music artists, for cinema release - and '50 Years Legal', marking 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK, for Sky TV. He is also the co-producer of three feature movies currently in production and the originating producer of 'Raiding the Rock Vault', the No 1 rated music show in Las Vegas, and its sister show 'Raiding the Country Vault', at the Starlite Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
Simon Napier-Bell is CEO of the Pierbel Entertainment Group, which offers his services as a speaker, documentary director, writer, TV presenter, and consultant to artists and corporations of all sorts.