Martin Kahan, acclaimed KISS, Rush and Bon Jovi music video director, has died at 74


Renowned music video director Martin Ou – best known for his work with famous hard rock acts like KISS, Bon Jovi, Rush and Motley Crue – has died at the age of 74.

According to BoardKahn died on Sunday (July 18) in Lakewood, New Jersey, after a battle with cancer.

The publication shared a brief statement from Kahan’s longtime friend Arthur Levy, which read: “In his final years at Lakewood, Kahn never stopped theorizing about the gradual downsizing of his promo video output to country music, And how can that work back into the fold.”

A New York native born in 1947, Kahn cut his teeth while working on a promotional video for Canadian rock mainstage Rush, editing live clips for “Tom Sawyer”, “Freewill” and “Limelight”. It was 1983 when Columbia Records gave him a breakthrough opportunity with the video for the Scandal single ‘Love’s Got a Line on You’.

That same year, Kahn received an MTV Video Music Award nomination with the video for Ian Hunter’s All of the Good Ones Are Taken.

Where Bon Jovi (“Because of More Love” and “She Don’t Know Me”), feature KISS without makeup (“Lick It Up” and “First of All” to crank out a couple of iconic clips with videos) Went on for Hells Breakin’ Lose) and Motley Fool Crew’s fan-favorite “Too Young to Fall in Love.”

Kahn further expanded his list with country gems in the 1990s, working with Emmylo Harris, Hank Williams Jr., and Alan Jackson. Their final production was a clip for the Kenny Chesney cut ‘I Lost It’ in August 2000.



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