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Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A creative executive at Warner Bros. Records for 30 years, Cornyn presents a provocative, witty, and engrossing insider's story of that label and the cutthroat machinations of the record industry. Beginning with the takeover of Warner Bros. Pictures by the despicable Jack Warner, he charts the rise of Warner Records in the late 1950s with Mike Maitland, who first brought success to the label. He then moves to the merger of Warner Bros. Records with Frank Sinatra's Reprise label, its absorption of successful independents Atlantic and Elektra, and the buyout of Warner by Steve Ross of Kinney National, who created Warner Communications. Cornyn continues with Warner's assimilation of Asylum Records, its merger with Time, and its eventual union with Ted Turner's communications empire. Giving little emphasis to the artists except as fleeting commodities, the author graphically reveals the transition of Warner from a fledgling record company dedicated to unearthing the newest music trends to a corporate conglomerate obsessed with greater market share and escalating profits. Fans of record mogul tell-alls will enjoy this. Highly recommended for popular music collections. Dave Szatmary, Univ. of Washington, Seattle
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a fantastic read! Anyone interested in the music business from the outside looking in will enjoy Stan's insider view. Very entertaining and highly recommended.Published 5 days ago by Mark Kaufman
The single most-missed aspect in most articles, reviews and books about popular music, and particularly about the period of the 60's and 70's is the fact that it was a business. Read morePublished 3 months ago by johnf
Let me start by saying that I'm a 20-year veteran of rock 'n roll radio in the 80s and 90s, and a lifelong devotee of rock music, beginning in the decades prior. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Clark A Novak
Lame encyclopedia from the 80s instead... It says I need 14 more words but thats all I have to say lolPublished 19 months ago by Jonathan Snyder
This book is one long ego trip by the author. That's all I have to say.Published on November 6, 2009 by M. Buisman
Stan Cornyn should know all about hustlers. He took the art to a new low, and this book barely scratches the surface. Read morePublished on December 6, 2003 by J. Jaisun
...music and the people who create it, or music executives and the deals they grind out?
If you answered the latter, this book is for you. Read more
Cornyn's role at Warner Brothers Records throughout its incredible rise and fall provided him a bird's-eye view of the construction, and eventually disassembly, of what was at its... Read morePublished on August 17, 2003 by hyperbolium
I expected a book with some inside dirt on the recording industry but this is a sleeper recounting the author's 40 years working in Warner management. Read morePublished on June 12, 2003 by Boraxo