Alex Cooley (Courtesy Emory Eye Alumni).
Alex Cooley (Courtesy Emory Eye Alumni).

The AJC reports that legendary concert promoter Alex Cooley has died at age 74.

The Atlanta native established the long-gone Electric Ballroom in the 1970s, which brought in Fleetwood Mac, Rush, Kiss, Bruce Springsteen and many more, and later in another long-gone venue, Great Southeast Music Hall, which became infamous for hosting the Sex Pistols on their first American tour.

Cooley was probably best known for his years as a partner in Alex Cooley/Peter Conlon Presents, who brought music to venues around the city and created Music Midtown in 1994. A member of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame, Cooley also bought another famous music venue, Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, in 2011.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

6 replies on “Report: Concert promoter Alex Cooley has died”

  1. It’s sad to see Alex go. I spent memorable evenings with friends at Alex’s Electric Ballroom and Southeast Music Hall seeing new acts like Kiss, the Ramones and Joe Jackson, all thanks to Alex.

  2. It’s sad to see Alex go. I spent memorable evenings with friends at Alex’s Electric Ballroom and Southeast Music Hall seeing new acts like Kiss, the Ramones and Joe Jackson, all thanks to Alex.

  3. Alex Cooley will be missed terribly! There is so much more music to be promoted like only he can! My husband and his band Stargazer played at The Electric Ballroom. What great memories! All thanks to Alex Cooley! May you R.I.P.! And God Bless!

  4. Alex Cooley will be missed terribly! There is so much more music to be promoted like only he can! My husband and his band Stargazer played at The Electric Ballroom. What great memories! All thanks to Alex Cooley! May you R.I.P.! And God Bless!

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