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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.
The main thrust of the book is the mob connection and I think that case is made pretty clear here though the government never managed to win the case and all the names mentioned still deny it or dismiss it to this day. As you get to the end of the book, you start to be really happy that Napster happened and that this industry slipped a great deal. Capitalists like Davis and Azoff managed to find a new place in the new business model. Others, like Yetnikoff, went other directions.
It is probably the definitive book on the subject and still stunning. Nice updated epilogue from 2012. Glad I read it but I am done with this particular subject.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While bringing a new understanding to the music industry and why you read and hear all the negative thingsPublished 18 days ago by keisa
yearly read, the back story on all carry over in today's business of music.Published 3 months ago by Durie J Purvis
This book was OK. I like to read books on the history of Rock N Roll from a first person point of view. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Johnson
For those who are either in the music business, or just want to know about a part of it's history, this is definitely a must have!Published 4 months ago by Kookie G
Insanely fantastic. All these years later, this is a historical textbook for the music business if there ever was one.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer