I almost fell out of my chair when I learned that Rob Goldstone was entangled in this mess between Donald Trump Jr. and various Russian intermediaries.

When you work in the music business, there are a number of strange characters that weave their way in and out of your life. Rob Goldstone was certainly one of those individuals that I enjoyed speaking with, ever so briefly, on just a few occasions. We actually came close to working on a project together for one of his former clients (name is being omitted to protect the innocent) although the proposal never panned out.

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Now that’s he’s in the news, Goldstone’s oddball Instagram feed and Facebook posts paint a picture of an over-the-top eccentric wild man. To me, he’s not any more flamboyant or wild-eyed that most publicists I know. In many ways he fits the mold quite well.

As for his emails with Donald Jr., there’s a certain air of familiarity in his pitch. Goldstone is a professional bullshit artist and it’s kind of shocking how he was able to lure in Donald Jr. on hype and hyperbole. The fact that Donald Jr. not only took the bait, but proceeded to incriminate himself in writing is pretty shocking.

I have no idea if there’s more to this story or if Goldstone actually has a relationship with the Russian Government. To me, Goldstone is a guy who is known for getting obnoxiously drunk and talking too close, not participating in international espionage. If he really did orchestrate some kind of Russian intelligence operation, I am beyond shocked. On the flipside, if Donald Jr. actually believed Goldstone was able to facilitate a meeting with lawyers connected to Putin, that’s both insane and grossly negligent to the point of incompetence.

I’m flabbergasted folks. We’re still processing this, but we’d love to hear your own Rob Goldstone stories. Email dave@ampthemag.com and share your tale.

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Dave Brooks has over 15 years experience as a writer, including eight years as the Managing Editor of Venues Today. He started Amplify in 2014 to give the industry its own voice and turn up the volume on live entertainment.
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