Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Sep 14, 2011 - Music - 432 pages
Copiously researched and documented, Hit Men is the highly controversial portrait of the pop music industry in all its wild, ruthless glory: the insatiable greed and ambition; the enormous egos; the fierce struggles for profits and power; the vendettas, rivalries, shakedowns, and payoffs. Chronicling the evolution of America's largest music labels from the Tin Pan Alley days to the present day, Fredric Dannen examines in depth the often venal, sometimes illegal dealings among the assorted hustlers and kingpins who rule over this multi-billion-dollar business. 

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Backstabbing, manupulation, money, power, sex, parties, drugs, Clive Davis, David Geffen, Walter Yenikkof, and so much more. . . By FAR one of the best books I've read. This is like a movie styled ... Read full review

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I was on Polydor in 1988, when Asher was at the helm. When our band broke up, over silly personal reasons, he was very upset, to say the least, as we had made about $15,000,000 for the label. He called me at our family cottage in Canada to offer me $10K to stay together long enough to complete our planned European tour. Ahhh, those were the days. 

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Lullaby of Gangland 4 Goddard and Clive
Joey and Freddy
The Firing
Walters Fall
The Reckoning

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Fredric Dannen was a co-recipient of the Overseas Press Club's 1986 Morton Frank Award for business reporting from abroad. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Institutional Investor, Rolling Stone, and Barron's. He received the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award for Hit Men.

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