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

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Penguin, 2008 - Business & Economics - 307 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 thirty-five years spent working with legends from Led Zeppelin, to Stevie Nicks, to Nirvana.

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 Records, Mercury Records, and Warner Bros. Records; he launched Stevie Nicks¬'s solo career. In Bumping into Geniuses, Goldberg shares his stories about performers who represent a broad and powerful portion of the psychic real estate of the rock and roll kingdom: Patti Smith, Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen, KISS, Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, Hole, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, 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 neither the romantic vehicle for self-expression that its most naive fans imagined, nor the purely crass money machine depicted by its most cynical critics. It 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.

For anyone interested in the rock and roll industry, or simply the mores and temperaments of the musicians themselves, Bumping into Geniuses is an incredible insider¬'s tale that only Goldberg could tell.
 

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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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Goldberg has been CEO of several record companies, managed the careers of Nirvana, the Beastie Boys, and Sonic Youth, and produced various television programs and rock documentaries. This is a guy ... Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PARTI
11
Underground Radio
35
Rock and Roll Grownups
45
Led Zeppelin Mild Barbarians
61
PART II
93
Turning Rainbows into
129
PART III
157
CHAPTER NINE
175
CHAPTER
231
Life Will Kill You
247
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Danny Goldberg is president of Gold Village Entertainment. He has worked in the music industry since 1969, including his years as chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Records and Mercury Records.

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