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Phil Cohen

Philip M. Cohen was born in New York City. He is a graduate of Van Buren High School in Queens and New York University.  At an early age, Phil began his musical career writing songs and playing the drums and guitar. As a teen, he played with a variety of local bands throughout the northeastern corridor and as a native New Yorker he often performed in Greenwich Village and other well-known Manhattan nightclubs.


Moving to Los Angeles in the late 1970’s, Phil became a part of the Hollywood rock and roll scene and joined The Heaters, as their drummer and songwriter.  During those years, the band gained significant notoriety opening for several up-and-coming acts, such as Cheap Trick and Van Halen, while eventually becoming a regular headliner at the Starwood Club and the Whiskey A Go Go in Hollywood.  The band had a near encounter with fame before the all-too-common bottom dropped.  Fast forward, 25 years later, the reunited band played a sold-out reunion gig at The Viper Room, and  subsequently produced the widely-praise recording The Great Lost Heaters Album.


Phil attended Loyola Law School, joined the California Bar Association

and for over 25 years worked as a senior music business affairs executive at both Sony Pictures and Universal Studios.  Upon leaving the studio, Phil went into private practice, specializing in music-related deals and trans-actions.

Since retiring from his law practice, Phil has dedicated his time to his three favorite passions: music, writing, and family.  He is a published author, penning a series of modern L.A. Noir music scene novels, called The Conflict Stories, with the protagonists being young musicians in a local rock band, 'Conflict'.  You can find the first two novels of the series on Amazon under author Philip M. Cohen.  Both Conflict in the City, and 

Conflict in the Club are available at Amazon, Audible, and other retail booksellers. 


Phil is currently a member of the L.A.-based blues rock band, Dogs and Bones, who perform at local venues and have two albums out, Dogs and Bones and Broken Man Blues.  He is also a founding member of the newly revised version of The Heaters, aptly called The Silver Heaters, who will be releasing an album soon.


Phil is a devoted family man and during his spare time you can find him and his children, grandchildren and wife enjoying the wonders of the City of Angels.

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