Rock on: How I Tried to Stop Caring about Music and Learn to Love Corporate Rock

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Harvill Secker, 2008 - Sound recording industry - 224 pages
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When Dan Kennedy is hired by a major label he thinks he has been handed a pass to the secret kingdom of rock and roll. In reality, he has walked into an episode of The Office.Whether directing a gangsta rapper's video or battling his better judgement to create a campaign celebrating twenty-five years of Phil Collins' love songs, he's in way over his head. And from the looks of those around the boardroom, he's not alone. Cameos by aging pop stars, dinosaur music-biz kingpins, hip-hop thugs, Iggy Pop and others make up the cast of this brilliant power ballad to rock and roll, office life and all the wage slaves who've done their damndest to hide from Human Resources when the axe falls. If you have ever bought a record, worked in an office, tried to get into a creative industry or suspected that some things are not all they're cracked up to be, Rock On will make you laugh more than you thought possible.

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Rock On: An Office Power Ballad

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McSweeney's contributor Kennedy's memoir is, in the new tradition of rock 'n' roll, a semi-ironic, semiwistful examination of the author's past, wherein he discusses the bittersweet nature of finally ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Dan Kennedy is a regular contributor to McSweeney's and his work has appeared in The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category, Mountain Man Dance Moves: The McSweeney's Book of Lists, GQ magazine and other publications. He lives in New York.

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