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by Fredric Dannen

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Fredric Dannen
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Fredric Dannen is an American journalist and author.

Fredric Dannen is an American journalist and author. He is best known for his landmark book Hit Men: Powerbrokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business (1990), which investigated the behind-the-scenes dealings of the major American record labels in the 1970s and 1980s, focussing on the careers of leading CBS Records executives Walter Yetnikoff and Dick Asher. Hit Men came in second on Billboard (magazine) list of "100 Greatest Music Books of All Time".

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Dannen, a reporter for Institutional Investor, mixes the skills of an investigative journalist with the gifts of an expert storyteller in an expose that will intrigue and appall readers with its disclosures.

Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Are you an author? Learn about Author Central. Fredric Dannen (Author). Dannen, a reporter for Institutional Investor, mixes the skills of an investigative journalist with the gifts of an expert storyteller in an expose that will intrigue and appall readers with its disclosures. Photos not seen by PW. First serial to Vanity Fair; author tour.

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Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business.

Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business. Category: Music Business.

Hit Men - Fredric Dannen. By FAR one of the best books I've read. Any one who is intrigued by entertainment, artists, executives and powerstruggles should read this.

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Hit Men is the shocking, highly controversial expose of the venality, greed, and corruption of many of the assorted kingpins and hustlers who rule over the music industry. A sobering, blunt, and unusually well-observed depiction of the sometimes sordid inner workings of the music business. 4 pages of photographs. Издательство: Vintage Books. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them.

Hit men: power brokers and fast money inside the music business.

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  • This is a well written book - that and my interest in the subject kept me going even though I started to loath some of the characters. You can't blame the author for that in non-fiction :) But what started as a light and interesting read on the plane became fairly dark. Maybe because I can relate it too much to some of other business politics I've seen? As a silver lining - I now don't mind at all the current changes in the industry, challenging though they are. I appreciated the updated chapter on the business (2010) and would like to see a 2018 update chapter.

    Its especially interesting (and balancing) to read this book after you've read other opposing points of view, as say Tommy Mottola's own book on his career as President of Sony Records. Its also interesting to see how SMALL the record business was even at its peak - the number of employees and income were tiny compared to size of companies you routinely deal with in other industries, especially one spending as the record companies did!

  • Record producers and record executives make boxing promoters look like priests in comparison. What these thieves did to the recording artists was terrible and it's unreal that all of them were not locked up. A terrific book for any young musician or recording artist--a must-read before signing on the dotted line with anyone in the music business.

  • This was recommended to me by a friend. We are both in the music business. Lots of familiar names in it for me and a pretty fair telling of what goes on. My criticism is that it focus too much on just a few players in the game and often softens their actual persona. I guess that might have been a way to stay off a hit list. But for those of you that think the business is fair and you can go as far as your talent lets you, it should show you is as corrupt as most other things that involve lots of money. If someone is famous and you know who they are, they are victims, not victors. This is the Mickey Mouse version. The Truth has yet to be told.

  • This was a long and depressing read for a guy who grew up loving recorded music and who naively transferred his love of records, cassettes and CDs into love for the whole industry that provided these things.. I loved to watch the Grammy's every year and I loved weekly trips to the music aisle or to the record store at the mall. In short, by buying and re-buying the music of the artists I loved, I supported these monsters who ran it all! And they are all despicable people. Every man character in the book from Clive Davis to David Geffen to Irving Azoff to especially Walter Yetnikoff were cut throat capitalists with a capital C. That is their right but it is hard to read about their greed without getting a little upset about it.
    The main thrust of the book is the mob connection and I think that case is made pretty clear here though the government never managed to win the case and all the names mentioned still deny it or dismiss it to this day. As you get to the end of the book, you start to be really happy that Napster happened and that this industry slipped a great deal. Capitalists like Davis and Azoff managed to find a new place in the new business model. Others, like Yetnikoff, went other directions.
    It is probably the definitive book on the subject and still stunning. Nice updated epilogue from 2012. Glad I read it but I am done with this particular subject.

  • Wow. If only you knew how treacherous the music business is. Read this and you'll know.

    "Hit Men" confirms what many music lovers saddened by the boring state of commercial rock radio already suspected: hit records are bought and paid for by the promoters, not made by the fans. Don't allow yourself for one second to believe ever again that radio stations are pushing songs into heavy rotation because they are responding to what their listeners want. They are doing so because someone is paying a LOT of money to cram those songs down your throat. As bad as this was in decades past, I dare say it is even worse now (in 2010).

    "Hit Men" pulls back the curtain on the major players and activities in the record business over a period of several decades and reveals some extremely ugly and disheartening truths about how that business operates. I doubt anyone reading this book will regard the music business or the radio business with anything other than contempt from now on.

    Want to know why certain songs become hits? It's because someone paid for it to happen. It has nothing at all to do with consumer preference. Well, at least not primarily.

    Are you a fan of The Who? Want to know the REAL reason their 1981 album "Face Dances" tanked? Read this book.

    Want to know the REAL reason artists on certain labels get massive amounts of airplay while artists on other labels struggle to get heard? Read this book. But here's a hint -- it has nothing to do with the quality of the music.

    Educated readers will probably make the logical assumption that there are a great many industries that operate as the music business has and does. Welcome to the real world, folks. It's all about the money. In any battle between commerce and art, commerce has the advantage. Get used to it.

    Fascinating, fascinating reading. Just as relevant today as it was when it was published in 1990.

  • This is a long book, but very informative. You learn more about the record industry than you ever want to really know. Some of it will make you think twice about how some of the music industries biggest success storys really became so famous and why others flopped. Again, a lot of reading, but well worth the investment.