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And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  141 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
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 Reco ...more
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Published March 16th 2011 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 2009)
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John
Jan 17, 2016 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book far more than I probably should have. While it's not perfectly written, it is very entertaining, especially for me, someone who remembers well the rise and fall of Casablanca Records, the Kiss era, the Donna Summer era, disco, Parliament/Funkadelic, and everything else that Neil Bogart, Larry Harris, et al., begat and bequeathed.

Not all of it was good, but when it was good, it was great, as much for the music as for the fantasy, glamour, and excess it created.

The focus in t
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Todd
May 31, 2011 Todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A peek behind the scenes, not only at Casablanca, but at the wheeling dealing, politics, and shady interactions of the 70's music industry as a whole. Mr. Harris does and excellent job of laying out the development and rise of Casablanca Records in great detail. He also sprinkles in a healthy dose of sensational and alarming anecdotes. The company's fall and aftermath were left to more of a quick run through, which could have benefited from more exploration. However, the book's singular flaw sto ...more
Nikki
Jan 24, 2015 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
This is written by a former top executive at Casablanca Records, which was an eccentrically operated medium sized record label in the 1970s. I had never heard of Casablanca when this book was recommended to me, but have come to learn they were a significant part of music history. The first 20 pages came across as too (minor) detail oriented, but the author offers a lot of insight into the music business in the 70s, unique music culture in the 70s, and gives an inside story on the birth and popul ...more
Sandi
The author, who was one of the founders of Casablanca Records, gives his spin on the company's meteoric rise and almost as quick downfall.
Julie Barrett
I love reading memoirs about the music industry but most of them are told from the viewpoint of the artist, not the from the business side. I really didn't know a lot about the inner workings of a record company until reading this memoir. I knew that, from the musician's perspective, the record company shortchanges artists every chance they get and that the companies take advantage of the naivete of young musicians to write confusing contracts that hoodwink the artists into giving up money, powe ...more
Debbie Johnsen
Dec 22, 2014 Debbie Johnsen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who majored in Music Business in college, I love to read stories of the business in the 60s and 70s. This book takes you back to the founding and eventual dissolution of Buddah Records (Bubblegum pop) and Casablanca (Disco and KISS), as told by a company insider.

A large part of the story revolves around Neil Bogart, a fearless kid from Brooklyn with an uncanny ability to find artists with the potential for hits (most of the time). He is credited with inventing the long-play 12" singl
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Jeff
May 11, 2014 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
If you read Fred Dannen's Hit Men you'll eventually make your way to this book as some of this was covered in a chapter of that book. But Larry Harris sets the record straight. Sure they did a lot of drugs at Casablanca in the 70s, but, hey, everybody was and, if you're to believe Harris, most of the stories were apocryphal. There was no coke girl walking around Casablanca with a platter of the stuff, etc.

I worked at a disco during these years so I was well aware of Casablanca Records and the a
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Christopher Long
The liner notes found inside the cover of "And Party Every Day" boast that, "Casablanca Records was not a product of the 1970s -- it was the 1970s." That may seem like a rather bold, over-the-top claim, given the ever-changing fads, social climate, political turmoil, and excesses of the era. However, it is fairly accurate.

Author Larry Harris was Casablanca President, Neil Bogart's right hand man at the label a from its inception in 1973 until his timely exit in 1979 -- just as the "fat lady" was
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Nycdreamin
Jan 30, 2010 Nycdreamin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a Kiss fan for 32 of my 39 years, I'm always interested in reading a book that contains more information on the band. Several great books have been written about Kiss, but this is the first one to really delve into the record label BEHIND the band, Casablanca Records.

Founded in 1973 by the late Neil Bogart, Casablanca Records would eventually become as legendary as many of the artists signed to the label. Starting with Kiss (the first band signed to Casablanca) the roster of bands on the l
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Mike Walter
I downloaded this book while I was reading the Paul Stanley autobiography because he spoke pretty highly of Neil Bogart and I started thinking of all the records I had as a kid with that Casablanca logo on them (KISS and Donna Summer mainly). This was a Fun ride. If you were a disco fan or a KISS fan or just enjoy an story of rags to riches with a healthy side of cocaine, you'll probably enjoy this.
Christopher Obert
Feb 17, 2014 Christopher Obert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Larry Harris’ book is one third music history book, one third business book and one third 1970’s pop culture book. I enjoyed this book very much and found it an important read. If you are interested in any of the three topics I highly recommend it. The book is easy and exciting to read and I found that I did not want to stop reading. Mr. Harris’ book flowed well and I was left wanting more, which was satisfied because the book is enhanced by many YouTube videos online.
Catherine
Aug 28, 2010 Catherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kiss and Disco Fans
Harris really spells it out, naming names and exposing the good, bad and wildness of what it was like to work in the record industry in the 1970s and ‘80s.

Having worked on both sides in radio and for a couple of record companies (not Casablanca) during that time, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and remembered similar experiences. I relived so many moments from that time and recognized several of the names mentioned, including an old boss.

This book is an absolute must read for Kiss fans,
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Matt
Oct 05, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Larry's not the best writer out there, but it's nice when a story like this gets told in the voice of the "character". In this case, it's Larry Harris, Jewish record promotions guy at one of the most notorious record labels in the history of the music industry.

Lots of great stories here, and when I was done I actually went back and listened to a bunch of stuff I had written off like Donna Summer's "Bad Girls". Armed with this new perspective, the album I once dismissed as pabulum became totally
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Freyja Vanadis
Jul 07, 2010 Freyja Vanadis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: '70s music lovers
I was a teenager in the '70s so I remember this period of time well. KISS was one of my favorite bands back then, and I was a huge disco fan (still am, if truth be told). I loved reading about the ins and outs of what really happened with my favorite artists and music. The only gripe I have is the way Larry Harris constantly uses the word "product", as in "we moved ten thousand units of product". That makes it sound too clinical and detached, almost as if he's talking about drugs.

At any rate, I
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Steve Miller
Nice look at a label that rose and fell primarily on the disco fad, although the label will also be forever entwined with the Kiss legend. Walked away fully realizing that the four solo Kiss lps sunk the label deeper than any questionable signings, of which there were plenty. It's easy to sympathize with author Harris, who portrays himself as an honest guy getting by in a dishonest business.
Greg
Apr 13, 2015 Greg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Fantastically entertaining piece of contemporary music history jovially read by the author. Appropriately paced and perpetually interesting, the story of Casablanca Records is anything but boring. Even anti-fans of KISS or disco (I'm in the first category) will find this story more than engaging.
Don
May 22, 2011 Don rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
This was a fun book to read, although Mr. Harris and his boss Neil Boagart are responsible for some of the worst music of my youth. There's enough insider dope (literally and figuratively) to keep the narrative popping. Biggest revelation to me: Mrs. Huxtable was married to one of the Village People.
Martin Popoff
Feb 13, 2013 Martin Popoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this book. Got to interview Larry once. Very candid. Lots of numbers, i.e. good financial stuff. Great look at the inside of this colourful label, how so much of it was... ha ha... a mirage. Poignant too, with the death of Neil. Would have liked more Angel and Godz!
Mike
Jan 20, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good look into how shady the music industry was in the 1970's. Casablanca Records was the the label that helped make Disco popular and also was responsible for the recording career of KISS. Lots of drugs and payoffs to radio and other record company types.
Hillery
Dec 10, 2009 Hillery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Insider account of one of the wildest record labels of the 70s, written by one of the founders. Home to KISS and Donna Summer, among others, the label lived up to all the excess of that era. Interesting read for anyone into music history of that time.
Angie Barthel
Aug 28, 2010 Angie Barthel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun and honest behind the scenes look at the underbelly of the music industry in the 70's - highly recommend especially for fans of KISS, Donna Summer, The Village People and George Clinton.
Nina
Jan 28, 2015 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly interesting history of Casablanca Records. Good overview of the disco industry.
Matt
Jul 17, 2011 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great tale of excess and shifty dealings in the 70s record industry.

Cheers.

Jennifer Biggs
Aug 01, 2012 Jennifer Biggs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it!!! It was a great look into the record company worlds of the 70's.
Marko Mladenovich
Just great from front to back.
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