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Just one amusing glimpse I found out yesterday in Donald Passman’s All You Need to Know About the Music Business. Comments:

  • It’s amazing how a book about contracts can be funny. Seriously!
  • The book (7th edition) is ranked #1 in Amazon’ Books > Entertainment > Music > Business
  • The number #2 item on  this list is also intriguing: And Party Every Day: The Inside Story Of Casablanca Records
  • (Anyone how read Hit Men or Appetite for Self Destruction will be curious about any tales involving Neil Bogart’s short-living empire)
  • Product Description:

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, the 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.

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