Here is a lecture by Freethinker and globe trotter Steven Machat.
At 16 Steven’s father, Marty Machat, one of the pioneering entertainment lawyers, introduced him to Frank Sinatra. The uber-cool Sinatra, had power, style, money and chicks! Steven wanted in. Following Sinatra’s advice, Steven went to Miami and not southern California to get his accounting degree, and on from there to Vanderbilt in Nashville Tennessee to attain his law degree. He thought he was ready for the world.
Together Machat and Machat, father and son, set up their entertainment law firm. Their specialty was the deal and then the management of the deal. On their roster were Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, The Blizzard of Oz featuring Ozzy Osbourne, Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector, Gamble-Huff and their Philadelphia International record label, Don Arden and his Jet Records, to name a few. One of Steven’s first deals made was the agreements with CBS Records for ELO. At that time it was the largest record deal ever. Machat and Machat represented both the legal and business affairs of Don Arden’s Jet Records, who had ELO. Shortly after, ELO sold 30 million records of the double disc Out of the Blue.
As he always has, Steven continues to push boundaries in his personal quest to connect with people, and to uncover the essential truths that we have hidden from ourselves. He has touched many lives in his quest to understand human nature, a trait that has always seen him side with musicians and entrepreneurs, rather than corporately backed businesses with no human interest. Steven is a connector, seeking truth and understanding in the toughest environment. He’s fearless, and charming. After meeting Steven Machat, most people walk away with their equilibrium shaking. To use the word controversial to describe him wouldn’t do him justice.
On Feb 25th, 2011, Steven gave a lecture at East London University on what he calls his ‘Consciousness Manifesto’.
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