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Me the Mob and the Music by Tommy James

Title Me the Mob and the Music
Author Tommy James
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release 2010-02-16
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781439142646
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Now in paperback, after five hardcover printings, Tommy James’s wild and entertaining true story of his career—part rock & roll fairytale, part valentine to a bygone era, and part mob epic—that “reads like a music-industry version of Goodfellas” (The Denver Post). Everyone knows the hits: “Hanky Panky,” “Mony Mony,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Crimson and Clover,” “Crystal Blue Persuasion.” All of these songs, which epitomize great pop music of the late 1960s, are now widely used in television and film and have been covered by a diverse group of artists from Billy Idol to Tiffany to R.E.M. Just as compelling as the music itself is the life Tommy James lived while making it. James tells the incredible story, revealing his complex and sometimes terrifying relationship with Roulette Records and Morris Levy, the legendary Godfather of the music business. Me, the Mob, and the Music is a fascinating portrait of this swaggering, wildly creative era of rock ’n’ roll, when the hits kept coming and payola and the strong-arm tactics of the Mob were the norm, and what it was like, for better or worse, to be in the middle of it.

Everybody Had an Ocean by William McKeen

Title Everybody Had an Ocean
Author William McKeen
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release 2017-04-01
Category History
Total Pages 288
ISBN 1613734948
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Los Angeles in the 1960s gave the world some of the greatest music in rock 'n' roll history: "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas, "Mr. Tambourine Man" by the Byrds, and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys, a song that magnificently summarized the joy and beauty of the era in three-and-a-half minutes. But there was a dark flip side to the fun fun fun of the music, a nexus between naïve young musicians and the fringe elements that exploited the decade's peace-love-and-flowers ethos, all fueled by sex, drugs, and overnight success. One surf music superstar unwittingly subsidized the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. The transplanted Texas singer Bobby Fuller might have been murdered by the Mob in what is still an unsolved case. And after hearing Charlie Manson sing, Neil Young recommended him to the president of Warner Bros. Records. Manson's ultimate rejection by the music industry likely led to the infamous murders that shocked a nation. Everybody Had an Ocean chronicles the migration of the rock 'n' roll business to Southern California and how the artists flourished there. The cast of characters is astonishing—Brian and Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, eccentric producer Phil Spector, Cass Elliot, Sam Cooke, Ike and Tina Turner, Joni Mitchell, and scores of others—and their stories form a modern epic of the battles between innocence and cynicism and joy and terror. You'll never hear that beautiful music in quite the same way.

Title Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases 1950 2000
Author Bob Leszczak
Publisher Rowman & Littlefield
Release 2014-12-11
Category Music
Total Pages 494
ISBN 1442240083
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Bob Leszczak has amassed several hundred examples of musical pseudonyms in The Encyclopedia of Pop Music Aliases, 1950-2000, describing the history of these artists from their obscure origins under another name to their rise to prominence as a major musical act.

Book Reports by Robert Christgau

Title Book Reports
Author Robert Christgau
Publisher Duke University Press
Release 2019-05-03
Category Music
Total Pages 416
ISBN 1478002123
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In this generous collection of book reviews and literary essays, legendary Village Voice rock critic Robert Christgau showcases the passion that made him a critic—his love for the written word. Many selections address music, from blackface minstrelsy to punk and hip-hop, artists from Lead Belly to Patti Smith, and fellow critics from Ellen Willis and Lester Bangs to Nelson George and Jessica Hopper. But Book Reports also teases out the popular in the Bible and 1984 as well as pornography and science fiction, and analyzes at length the cultural theory of Raymond Williams, the detective novels of Walter Mosley, the history of bohemia, and the 2008 financial crisis. It establishes Christgau as not just the Dean of American Rock Critics, but one of America's most insightful cultural critics as well.

Title Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings
Author Steve Sullivan
Publisher Scarecrow Press
Release 2013-10-04
Category Music
Total Pages 1030
ISBN 0810882965
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings, Volumes 1 and 2 covers the full range of popular music recordings with virtually unprecedented breadth and depth. In this 2-volume encyclopedia, Sullivan explores approximately 1,000 song recordings from 1889 to the present, telling the stories behind the songs, recordings, performers, and songwriters. From the Victorian parlor ballad and ragtime hit at the end of the 19th century to today’s rock classics, the Encyclopedia progresses through a parade popular music styles, from jazz to blues to country Western, as well as the important but too often neglected genres of ethnic and world music, gospel, and traditional folk. This book is the ideal research tool for lovers of popular music in all its glorious variety.

Title Assorted Hits Music Murder Mayhem and the Mob
Author Rose Gross-Marino
Publisher Xlibris Corporation
Release 2013-11-19
Category Fiction
Total Pages 281
ISBN 1483685349
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Setting: New York City, the 1980s, the music business and the underworld. Meet Savannah, the sassy, sexy heroine of Assorted Hits: Music, Murder, Mayhem and the Mob©. A girl who fi nds herself in a bit of trouble after aiming her pearl-handled .22 caliber in the direction of Leonardo Ingrasio Pasquale (better known in the music biz as LIP), owner of AlBea Records and Savannah’s boss of several years. (Once, she would have taken a bullet for LIP. Now she put three in him.) After pulling the trigger, her adventures really begin. Surrounded by a cast of characters that includes the suave and oh-so-manly Jimmy Big Balls (Bs to his friends), who loves Savannah like a daughter and has friends in important (read: connected) places to keep her from harm. The Chuppah Boys, record company types who are so busy kissing ass that they are constantly in need of Chapstick and in danger of missing the next big thing. I.C. Greenfi elds, the lawyer extraordinaire who can work both a courtroom and a press junket at the same time. Through it all Savannah fi nds herself on the ride of her life, dishing out attitude and sex appeal in generous doses. There’s the mystery man, whose involvement in her defense reveals juicy tidbits from LIP’s past. The oldworld parents, who raised Savannah née Shoshanna Sneider in Brooklyn to be a good Orthodox Jewish girl. This is the story of Savannah in all her glory. With street-smart savvy, music business mojo and leopard skin stilettos, she’s the girl behind the gun, behind the scenes and in front of the jury. It’s a story you don’t want to miss, because this is only the beginning.

Carolina Beach Music by Rick Simmons

Title Carolina Beach Music
Author Rick Simmons
Publisher Arcadia Publishing
Release 2011-04-29
Category Music
Total Pages 208
ISBN 161423180X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Just as the dances of Beach Music have their twists and turns, so too do the stories behind the hits made popular in shag haunts from Atlantic Beach to Ocean Drive and the Myrtle Beach Pavilion. In Carolina Beach Music, local author and Beach Music enthusiast Rick Simmons draws on first-hand accounts from the legendary performers and people behind the music. Simmons reveals the true meaning behind "Oogum Boogum," uncovers just what sparked a fistfight between Ernie K. Doe and Benny Spellman at the recording session of "Te-Ta-Te-Te-Ta-Ta," and examines hundreds of other true events that shaped the sounds of Beach Music.

Title Music Clubs Magazine
Author
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Release 1954
Category Music
Total Pages
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Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title Billboard
Author
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Release 1995-11-18
Category
Total Pages 124
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In its 114th year, Billboard remains the world's premier weekly music publication and a diverse digital, events, brand, content and data licensing platform. Billboard publishes the most trusted charts and offers unrivaled reporting about the latest music, video, gaming, media, digital and mobile entertainment issues and trends.

Title Surviving The Game How To Succeed In The Music Business
Author Sahpreem A. King
Publisher WOT Digital Press | A Wealth of Thought Publishing Company
Release 2012-05-06
Category Music
Total Pages 193
ISBN 0983757720
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Multi-platinum music producer and author of Gotta Get Signed How To Become A Hip Hop Producer, Sahpreem A. King is back with his long awaited follow up, Surviving The Game How To Succeed In The Music Business. In this book, Sahpreem takes music business newcomers by the hand and teaches them how to succeed in the music business the do-it-yourself way. In addition, Sahpreem talks about music publishing, marketing and promotion, starting an online record label, the power of social media, and making money from your music without being signed to a record deal. Music is a business. That’s what this book is all about. For a whole host of justifiable reasons, there have been numerous other books that have been published about the “talent side” of the music industry. What distinguishes this book is the author’s firsthand experience in the industry from both the talent side and the business side. Artists from all genres of music, managers, producers, A&R directors, entertainment lawyers, PR consultants, label executives, and the public at large will benefit immeasurably from reading and studying King’s advice and good counsel. Sahpreem King’s practical approach on how to get into the music business, and how to do well as a result of your passion for the art form and your willingness to grind and work hard every day, is informed by his years of experience, first as a DJ and recording artist, and then as a successful producer. The book is more than an industry insider’s view. Sahpreem tells you what to do and what not to do, from imparting to you his basic knowledge about music to the deeper wisdom that he has acquired over the last twenty years.

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