Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business

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Penguin, Sep 18, 2008 - Music - 320 pages
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A giant of the music industry grants an all-access pass to the world of rock and roll, with mesmerizing stories of thirty0five years spent working with legends

Danny Goldberg has been a hugely influential figure in the world of rock and roll. He did PR for Led Zeppelin; he managed the career of Nirvana; he ran Atlantic, Mercury, and Warner Brothers; he launched Stevie Nick?s solo career. In Bumping into Geniuses, Goldberg grants an all-access pass to the world of rock and roll, with mesmerizing stories of forty years spent working with legends, including Patti Smith, Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen, Kiss, Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, Hole, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, the Eagles, Susan Blond, Michael Des Barres, Steve Earle, Led Zeppelin, and more.

But there?s more to this story than just Goldberg?s varied career. It?s also a look at the industry itself: a business that was complex and chaotic ? a mixture of art and commerce, idealism and selfishness ? and sometimes, rock?s most gifted and influential musicians were able to transcend it all.
 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

The story of a rock journalist turned recording executive turned manager of artists. In parts, fairly dry but still an affecting, interesting read, especially if you are interested in the music ... Read full review

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User Review  - nemoman - LibraryThing

Goldberg documents his career in the record industry - all of it in marketing and promotion. The book starts slowly with an Old Testament naming of of names and companies that had no meaning to me. A ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
CHAPTER TWO UNDERGROUND RADIO
CHAPTER FOUR LED ZEPPELINMILD BARBARIANS
CHAPTER FIVE ROCK PR GETS PROFESSIONALIZED
CHAPTER SIX INMATES LOSE CONTROL OF ASYLUM
CHAPTER EIGHT NO NUKES AND NICK OF TIME
CHAPTER TEN PROS AND CONS OF BECOMING A RECORD
AFTERWORD
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Danny is president of Artemis Records and Sheridan Square Entertainment.

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