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on June 12, 2003
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. Those 100 or so souls who actually care about the mundane history of Warner records will enjoy this book. The rest of us would be better off with a subscription to Rolling Stone.
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on June 26, 2004
"Exploding is populated by music stars like Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Lil' Kim, Dr. Dre, the Grateful Dead, Queen, Madonna, Ice-T, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, Neil Young, Alice Cooper, and dozens more".
Yeah? Where?
The artists are merely footnotes in this saga; weirdos to be tolerated (barely) and joked about. I spent a lot of money on this tome hoping to read about some of them. Instead I got 450 pages of business talk with about 4500 witticisms to amuse and confuse.
At least I found out why their awesome back catalogue has shamefully been left to earn whatever dollars it can in crappy 80's CD output (in the main) while other labels remaster properly and expand on their reissues - Warners just don't give a damn.
Won't be reading it again, I assure you.
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on November 6, 2009
This book is one long ego trip by the author. That's all I have to say.
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on September 1, 2003
...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. If you answered the former, you will be exasperatingly disappointed by this book.
Good writing, tedious content.
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