Now it can be told! The true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity. Casablanca was not a product of the 1970s, it was the 1970s. From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart. From his daring first signing of Kiss, through the discovery and superstardom of Donna Summer, Village People, and funk master George Clinton and his circus of freaks—Parliament-Funkadelic—to the descent into the manic world of disco, this book charts Bogart’s meteoric success and eventual collapse under the weight of uncontrolled ego and hype. It is a compelling tale of ambition, greed, excess, and some of the era’s biggest music acts.
©2009 Larry Harris (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“The book contains detailed evidence of the chaotic manipulation of the music charts in the wild days before computer scanning. This fell mostly under Harris’ purview, and he offers fascinating insight on what these legendary ‘promo men’ did back in the day.” (L.A. Weekly)
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"A great historical story"
This should be curriculum for music schools and start up record labels. Great book from start to finish.
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Party Every Day
Nothing to Lose: The Making of KISS, they both tell the story of successful entrepreneurship in the music business.
Himself - As it was the only character he performed.
Yeah, it made me laugh several times, especially when he mentioned how ugly the original KISS members were without makeup.
The first chapters are a little boring, but it gets interesting once he gets past his early like and start talking about Casablanca records.
This book is an amazing inside view of what the record industry was, the good & the bad. A great read for any bin surfers.
"I love this book"
Amazingly insightful... I wish there was more! I've listened to this at least 5 times all the way thru already
Great Job Larry! As informative as this book is, what I cherish most is its ability to put you in a place in time that was very special to me. You could feel larry's emotion in every word. Best book I have enjoyed in years
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