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BIOGRAPHY
ISAAC BURTON TIGRETT

Founder - Creator:

The Hard Rock Cafe
The House of Blues

Isaac Burton Tigrett is the Founder of the original Hard Rock Café London in 1971 at age 22, with partner Peter Morton, until acquiring Morton's global interest in 1980, granting him rights to territory west of the Mississippi River in the USA.

Tigrett then wowed music fans when he relaunched the Hard Rock as the world's first "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" on New York's 57th Street in 1984, adorned with musical treasures donated from the iconic gods of Rock & Roll, R&B and Country music.

He launched the International House of Blues entertainment company in 1991 with partners: the Disney Company, Harvard University’s Endowment Fund, and Chase Manhattan Bank’s Venture Capital Group.

Tigrett then took the Media Heralded Hard Rock "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" to USA and Capital cities Globally, with equally astounding receptions in cities such as Tokyo, Stockholm, Dallas, Washington D.C., Cancun, and Reykjavik, Iceland, and relaunched the original London Hard Rock as "Europe's Rock & Roll Hall of Fame", following the Premier New York opening.

Under Tigrett's guidance as Chairman and CEO, the Hard Rock achieved notable IPO Valuations when he launched the Hard Rock as a Public Company on both the American and London Stock Exchanges.

With Tigrett's belief that the Hard Rock's global future was firmly in place for decades to come, and with multiple locations in progress, he retired, selling his interest auspiciously twenty years to the day he had founded the company in the United Kingdom.

Tigrett heralds that his life's blessed good fortune is being the Founder and Original Steward of the Hard Rock Café, representing America, its dynamic musical heritage and its friendly, inclusive multi-cultural values around the world.

"The Hard Rock," Tigrett says, "is a celebration of our love of music and the musicians that create it. It was born out of the ideals of the Peace and Love Revolution of the late 1960s."

"The HRC's message, Love All - Serve All, is that sacred ideal and must be the moral compass for its continuing success and good fortune."

"The Hard Rock Café is now a global household word in every hemisphere of this planet, 50 years in the making."

"The Hard Rock will continue to be an Oasis of pleasure to millions of fans for 50 more years, as long as music remains the primal soulful groove shared in every heart, and its original foundation of belief in Compassion for Diversity and Mutual Respect remains as its Message and Mission."

"Today, the Hard Rock once again speaks out to the world's music fans."

"IT'S ONLY ROCK & ROLL!"


Tigrett's History
Post Hard Rock Cafe

After four years of public service activities, Tigrett again as Chairman and CEO launched the International House of Blues Entertainment Company in 1991, with partners, the Disney company, Harvard University's Endowment Fund and Chase Manhattan Bank's Venture Capital Group.

The House of Blues' meteoric rise as the USA's premier live entertainment venues featured the world's leading artists of Rock, R&B, Urban, Gospel, Blues and World Music genres.

HOB expanded rapidly from the original location in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA to New Orleans' French Quarter, Hollywood's Sunset Strip, Chicago's iconic Marina City, Disneyworld in Orlando and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

HOB entertainment developed media divisions including weekly National TV and Radio Programing, with partners Time Warner and CBS Radio and the Grammy award-winning HOB Blues and Gospel Record Label with BMG.

The four hundred room House of Blues Hotel with investment and management partners Namura securities and Lowes Hotels was opened at Chicago's Marina City.

Tigrett believes the HOB's greatest milestone was the historic first global broadcast of sound on the world wide web, emanating at the celebration of Martin Luther King's birthday from the House of Blues in Hollywood, featuring performances by Isaac Hayes and his orchestra, Gospel's Five Blind Boys of Alabama and Stevie Wonder.

Tigrett stepped down as CEO of House of Blues, leaving the company after a boardroom room dispute over the company's impending IPO and global expansion.

The House of Blues continued to expand in the USA and was shortly sold to its present owners, the venue company, Live Nation.


Personal Notes on Isaac Tigrett

Tigrett, through The Rama Foundation of Zurich Switzerland, funded the SSSIHMS, a free 500-bed high-end Super Specialty Surgical Hospital in Andhra Pradesh, India.

He has served on numerous profit and non-profit boards, including as Trustee, Regent and Director of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, New York.

Tigrett is the original benefactor of the "Freedom Award" at the National Civil Rights Museum, USA, which he presented to such civil rights activists as Bishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter.

Isaac Tigrett was commended publicly on the floor of the United States Senate by former Leader of the Republican Party, Dr. Bill Frist, for his worldwide contribution to American Culture, Blues and Rock & Roll, now archived in the United States Congressional Record.

Mr. Tigrett has been awarded two Ph.D. honorariums for his work in promoting racial harmony and the promotion of African American culture.

He is a public speaker on "Ethics in Business" and has spoken, at among others, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, the Young Presidents International Organization Chapters in Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA and Mumbai, India; at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentarian Leaders; the Kremlin, Moscow and the University of Mississippi, USA.

Mr. Tigrett presently oversees the Prakashana Publishing Society in India, publishing Interfaith Spiritual Teachings of Indian Master, Sathya Sai Baba, in 17 languages and for the past 3 years has traveled to 35 countries as a Public Speaker on Spirituality and Ancient Mystic Concepts.

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