Video Of The Week – How To Break All The Rules and Rule: Dave Stewart at TEDxNashville
A multi-media entrepreneur, Dave Stewart is recognized as one of the most respected and accomplished talents in the music industry today. Beyond his creative work as a musician, Stewart is a renowned producer, author, director, photographer, filmmaker, and philanthropist.
Stewart’s music career spans three decades and more than 100 million album sales, highlighted by his collaboration with Annie Lennox in the groundbreaking pop-rock duo Eurythmics. Behind the scenes he has produced albums and co-written songs for Bono, Bryan Ferry, Gwen Stefani, Tom Petty, Katy Perry, Joss Stone, Stevie Nicks, and Sinead O’Connor, racking up numerous Producer, Songwriter, Golden Globe, and Grammy Awards along the way.
Stewart’s most recent creation is with Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and A.R. Rahman. The aptly titled heavyweight musical group, SuperHeavy, is set to released their first record in September 2011 and have also been busy editing a behind-the-scenes look at the recording process.
The recent release of Stewart’s own record, The Blackbird Diaries, is his first solo project in over 13 years, and was recorded with some of Nashville’s top players in a whirlwind five-day session at John and Martina McBride’s Blackbird Studio.
As an entrepreneur, Stewart has established Weapons of Mass Entertainment, a “media company for the new world” (The LA Times), linking creative ideas to a host of projects in music, film, television, books, theatre, and new media.
Stewart also co-wrote The Business Playground: Where Creativity and Commerce Collide (Financial Times / Pearson) a highly regarded business tome now available in eight languages. An innovative guide designed to show business people everywhere how to rediscover their creativity, the book contains a forward by Sir Richard Bronson as well as a mix of inspiring creative conversations with Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, Tony Award winning director Matthew Warchus, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.
Described by Bob Dylan as “a fearless innovator,” Stewart is an acclaimed public speaker. He regularly advises corporations and businesses on creativity and innovation.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations).