Ken Weinstein is the co-owner and co-founder of Big Hassle Media and House of Hassle Publishing.
Weinstein worked as editor on various magazines for several years before starting his career as a music critic in 1987. Shortly thereafter, he became National Director of Beggars Banquet/Thirsty Ear Press and Video where he helped break The Charlatans UK and Matthew Sweet's "Girlfriend" album. In 1992, Weinstein led Caroline Records' press and video department where he helped name and establish Astralwerks, one of America's first electronica labels. In 1993, Weinstein was appointed Director of Media Relations for Atlantic Records. While at Atlantic, he worked with a diverse roster of artists, including Duncan Sheik, Page & Plant, Yo La Tengo, Liz Phair, Melvins, Bad Religion and Victoria Williams, among many others. Ken also has years of experience as Director of Marketing at Mercury Records, where he worked with Elvis Costello/Burt Bacharach, Spalding Gray, Allen Ginsberg and Peter Wolf.
In 1999, Weinstein co-founded Big Hassle Media. In a deliberate effort to keep the roster as eclectic as his record collection, Big Hassle’s clients have always covered many genres. Among the many bands Big Hassle has worked with over the years include, among many others: Kings of Leon, Robert Plant, Gregg Allman, John Fogerty, Tom Petty, Lyle Lovett, Ray Davies, Ornette Coleman, Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Dawes, Heartless Bastards, Deer Tick, Gillian Welch, Against Me!, King Sunny Ade, Nada Surf, Deer Tick, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Burning Spear, Patty Griffin, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, George Carlin, The Strokes, Patti Smith, Hanson, Manchester Orchestra, Rufus Wainwright, John Waters, Fela, Joe Jackson, Jose Gonzalez, Ben Kweller, Robyn Hitchcock, North Mississippi Allstars, Nicole Atkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Robert Randolph, Crowded House, The Libertines, Regina Spektor, Black Angels, Townes Van Zandt, Kaki King, The Bad Plus and Fountains of Wayne.
In 2007, Weinstein created House of Hassle Publishing with partner Lyle Hysen. The HoH roster includes, among many others: Grizzly Bear, Superchunk, Wye Oak, Black Lips, Vivian Girls, John Vanderslice, Tortoise, Telekinesis, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Ra Ra Riot, The Felice Brothers and Cursive