[PDF / EPUB] Howling at the Moon The Odyssey of a Monstrous Music Mogul in an Age of Excess he music industry’s most outspoken outrageous and phenomenally successful executive delivers a rollicking memoir of pop music’s heydayDuring the 1970s and '80s the music business was dominated by he music industry’s most outspoken outrageous and phenomenally the Moon MOBI · successful executive delivers a rollicking Howling at ePUB Ñ memoir of pop music’s heydayDuring the s and 's the music business was dominated at the Moon Kindle Ø by a few major labels and artists such as Michael Jackson Bruce Springsteen the at the Moon The Odyssey MOBI :ß Rolling Stones Bob Dylan Billy Joel Paul Simon Barbra Streisand and James Taylor They were all under contract to CBS Records making it the most successful label of the era And as the company’s president Walter Yetnikoff was the ruling monarch He was also the most flamboyant volatile and controversial personality to emerge from an industry and era defined by sex drugs and debauchery Having risen from working class Brooklyn and the legal department of CBS Yetnikoff who freely admitted to being tone deaf was an unlikely label head But he had an uncanny knack for fostering talent and intimidating rivals with his appalling behavior—usually fueled by an explosive combination of cocaine and alcohol His tantrums appetite for mind altering substances and sexual exploits were legendary In Japan to meet the Sony executives who acuired CBS during his tenure Walter was assigned a minder who confined him to a hotel room True to form Walter raided the minibar got blasted and seeing no other means of escape opened a hotel window and vented his rage by literally howling at the moon In Howling at the Moon Yetnikoff traces his journey as he climbed the corporate mountain danced on its summit and crashed and burned We see how Walter became the father confessor to Michael Jackson as the King of Pop reconstructed his face and agonized over his image while constructing Thriller and how after at the Moon The Odyssey MOBI :ß it won seven Grammies Jackson made the preposterous demand that Walter take producer uincy Jones’s name off the album; we see Walter in maniacal pursuit of a contract chase the Rolling Stones around the world and nearly come to blows with Mick Jagger in the process; we get the tale of how Walter and Marvin Gaye—fresh from the success of “Sexual Healing”—share the same woman and of how Walter bonds with Bob Dylan because of their mutual Jewishness At the same time we witness Yetnikoff’s clashes with Barry Diller David Geffen Tommy Mottola Allen Grubman and a host of others Seemingly the Yetnikoff feeds his cravings for power sex liuor and cocaine the profitable CBS becomes—from million to well over billion—until he finally succumbs ironically not to substances but to a corporate coup Reflecting on the sinister cycle that left his career in tatters and CBS flush with cash Yetnikoff emerges with a hunger for redemption and a new reverence for his working class Brooklyn rootsRuthlessly candid uproariously hilarious and compulsively readable Howling at the Moon is a blistering You’ll Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again of the music industry.
- 320 pages
- Howling at the Moon The Odyssey of a Monstrous Music Mogul in an Age of Excess
- Walter Yetnikoff
- 22 May 2016 Walter Yetnikoff