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Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business Paperback – July 2, 1991
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Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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"Hit Men" confirms what many music lovers saddened by the boring state of commercial rock radio already suspected: hit records are bought and paid for by the promoters, not made by the fans. Don't allow yourself for one second to believe ever again that radio stations are pushing songs into heavy rotation because they are responding to what their listeners want. They are doing so because someone is paying a LOT of money to cram those songs down your throat. As bad as this was in decades past, I dare say it is even worse now (in 2010).
"Hit Men" pulls back the curtain on the major players and activities in the record business over a period of several decades and reveals some extremely ugly and disheartening truths about how that business operates. I doubt anyone reading this book will regard the music business or the radio business with anything other than contempt from now on.
Want to know why certain songs become hits? It's because someone paid for it to happen. It has nothing at all to do with consumer preference. Well, at least not primarily.
Are you a fan of The Who? Want to know the REAL reason their 1981 album "Face Dances" tanked? Read this book.
Want to know the REAL reason artists on certain labels get massive amounts of airplay while artists on other labels struggle to get heard? Read this book. But here's a hint -- it has nothing to do with the quality of the music.
Educated readers will probably make the logical assumption that there are a great many industries that operate as the music business has and does. Welcome to the real world, folks. It's all about the money. In any battle between commerce and art, commerce has the advantage. Get used to it.
Fascinating, fascinating reading. Just as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1990.
It's insightful, relevant, and shocking.
Buy it today.
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This was a long and depressing read for a guy who grew up loving recorded music and who naively transferred his love of records, cassettes and CDs into love for the whole industry... Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Boyd
Insanely fantastic. All these years later, this is a historical textbook for the music business if there ever was one.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This is a long book, but very informative. You learn more about the record industry than you ever want to really know. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Dennis Smith
Fascinating account of how the record business worked in its heyday of the 1960's - 1990's. Joni Mitchell was being kind when she called it "the starmaker machinery behind the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert Sax