Unity MacLean

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Unity MacLean (née Robins, born 1948) is a former CBS Records publicist, and office manager at Swan Song Records. Born in Windsor, England in 1948, she is the youngest child of test cricketer Walter Robins and sister of former cricketer and director of insurance firm Stafford Knight, Charles Robins.

Career

After moving to Kensington, London at the age of seventeen and becoming immersed in the counterculture of the period, MacLean undertook employment first in real estate and then at various British record labels before settling at CBS Records in the early 1970's. The Who's drummer Keith Moon attended her wedding in 1972. In 1975, via a recommendation from Jeff Beck, she was introduced to Peter Grant with regards to a position at the newly launched Swan Song Records; a label established to release albums by Led Zeppelin, but also home to other UK artists including Bad Company, the Pretty Things, Dave Edmunds, Maggie Bell, and others. During her tenure with Swan Song, MacLean eventually became office manager, taking over from Carole Brown at their King's Road headquarters.[1]

After the death of friend, and Led Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham in 1980, MacLean was the first to inform former tour manager Richard Cole while he was being held in an Italian prison. With the eventual dissolution of the Swan Song label, MacLean retired from the music business in 1982 and moved to Plymouth, Massachusetts with her family, establishing a Boston company specializing in British goods in the United States entitled 'British Supplies'.[2]

MacLean has two children (Luke MacLean and Alexandra MacLean) and one grandchild.

References

  1. Hoskyns, Barney (2012). Led Zeppelin: The Oral History of the World's Greatest Rock Band. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 8. ISBN 978-0-470-89432-3. OCLC 792889260. 
  2. Staff writer. Best of British: British Supplies.com, The Daily Telegraph, Telegraph Media Group, 2012. Retrieved on 23 December 2013.