Tim Carr, local music critic and A&R rep, dead at 57

Tim Carr, local music critic and A&R rep, dead at 57

The music community in the Twin Cities and beyond lost a friend in Tim Carr. The Hopkins-bred music writer and A&R representative who went on to sign the Beastie Boys to Capitol Records was found dead in his Thailand apartment. He was 57.

According to, he was reportedly found with a long knife wound across his chest, and circumstances were deemed suspicious by local police. Update: Carr's family disputes these claims, noting "we've indeed heard reports from Tim's property manager and a friend who has viewed the remains, that conflict with what was published in the Thai tabloids."  Carr had resided in Pattaya for eight years, and was working on a movie about a rock band, according to Jon Bream at the Star Tribune.
His significant local ties include writing music criticism for the Minneapolis Tribune and other publications, and he worked at the Walker Art Center in the performing-arts department. In the late '70s, he brought together Devo, Suicide Commandos, Richard Lloyd, and more at the University of Minnesota for the notorious M-80: The No, New Now Wave Festival.

Carr's A&R ties while working in New York and Los Angeles at Capitol, Warner Bros., and Dreamworks included the Beastie Boys signing. He detailed his early days with the Beasties extensively in Dan LeRoy's excellent Paul's Boutique 33 1/3 book, which can be read here. He also inked Megadeth, and worked with Babes in Toyland, Information Society, Ash, Galaxy 500, Cibo Matto, and David Byrne. In Thailand, he helped rock band Loso get an international foothold.

"Our A&R guy was not wanting us to change our sound or anything, which was rare," Babes in Toyland's Kat Bjelland recently told the Current. "We had a good one, Tim Carr. He signed the Beastie Boys to Capitol, and was really pro-musicians." Carr is also credited with introducing the band to Cindy Sherman.

A memorial site has been set up here, and a memorial service in Minneapolis is being arranged. View a copy of his obituary and more here. We will update as we find more information.

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