Wall Street Journal, "The Musician and the Producer"

"NEVER MIND THAT JAMES TRUMAN and Sebastien Leon are Europeans. They're also archetypal New Yorkers. Both have lived out versions of the city's bootstrapping myth: arriving as ambitious young men, plunging into the demimonde and ascending to become tastemakers and toasts of the town.

Truman, 54, came to New York from London in 1981, earning a couple hundred dollars a month as a music critic for the groundbreaking British magazine The Face. Thirteen years later, at just 36, he graduated to one of the city's top jobs: editorial director of Condé Nast publications. He stepped down in 2005, complaining that the magazine business had become "conventional" and "business-driven" and now spends his days on various entrepreneurial and artistic ventures, including helping run an organic farm in upstate New York with his friend André Balazs. Leon, a globe-trotting Frenchman from the Loire Valley, arrived in the city 13 years ago."

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