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When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man

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Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary deal maker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him--the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York's Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood--he has found a way to put on a show and s ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published April 7th 2010 by Twelve (first published 2010)
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Jerry Weintraub loves Jerry Weintraub and believes that Jerry Weintraub has led a fascinating life. As a result, Jerry Weintraub loves to tell stories about Jerry Weintraub. Here, Jerry Weintraub tells a lot of them, about promoting stars and making deals. Most are quite short. Many are compelling. Weintraub dispenses show business gossip, Mafia talk, family tales, accounts of rock music and movie excesses, and instructions for a successful career in promoting, agenting, managing and producing, ...more
I'm not sure why I put this book on my list from the library. Inasmuch as it was insight into the world of a person I'd never meet (nor want to), it only supported the cliche that movie/Broadway show producers are fast-talking and self-glorying. Weintraub seems to have no doubt that he was a good and faithful husband (despite tales of 1970s debauchery), though admits he might not have been the best dad because he wasn't home a lot of the time (ever). Reflection isn't his strong point.

My favorite
I so enjoyed listening to this book; I can't imagine anyone but the author reading it. I don't think people live lives like his anymore - talk about doing everything and knowing everyone! Hearing his story was a little like being swept away on a glamourous mini-vacation.
However, I'm not sure I'd like to know this man in person. I was left thinking, "Well! Isn't he the delightful little sheister!" He's probably not actually "little", per se. Still. From my perspective, he seems just this side of
Showbiz stories and reflections from one of the top Illuminati figures in Hollywood. Lots of name-dropping and self-aggrandizement. But damn are these good stories. You might not know Jerry Weintraub by name, but trust me: this guy had his hand in some of everything. No Boutros? He started out as your typical lowly, madd suspect Broadway Danny Rose-style talent manager, putting on puppet shows and shit. Then he married a much older woman who happened to be friends with George HW Bush, back befor ...more
Sue Newhouses
This book was a page turner .. especially for someone in my age group (and older). Weintraub drops names like crazy ... musicians, actors, politicians and directors. He's 74 now, has a wife who was a music star in her day (they have been married for over 50 years) plus a girlfriend for over twenty years!

He promoted Elvis (was partners with the Colonel and was one of the first people they called when Elvis died), was the driving force behind John Denver, brought Frank Sinatra out of retirement t
Olivier Goetgeluck
Relationships are the only thing that really matter in business and life.

People will pay you to make their lives easier;
always take the time to make the pitch;
personal service is the name of the game;
never get paid once for doing something twice.

Those four days changed my life. Because I was scared but kept going on and managed to survive.

As soon as you feel comfortable, that's when it's time to start over.

Do not get attached to the world as it is, because the world is changing, something new i
Michelle Streufert
I really liked this book, maybe even loved it. Jerry Weintraub is a fascinating man, who has some fascinating stories, and he knows it. He is a man that could be described as having his hand in everything in Hollywood/showbiz, or his finger on the pulse of it. His stories reveal his insistence on going with his gut and reaping the benefits. Persistence, hard work, persistence, confidence, persistence, integrity, and persistence is what is needed to succeed. Just to get an idea of the breadth of ...more
This was an interesting and well-written book. I had never actually heard of the author before I read the book, so I was astonished to learn that he was such a Hollywood insider. He worked on Oceans 11 with Brad Pitt, et. al. and the guys liked him so much that when they were given spaces to put their hand prints in the cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater, they actually insisted that he join them and put his hand prints in as well.
He was friends with Armand Hammer and actually accompanied him t
Kasa Cotugno
Jerry Weintraub has led an almost Zelig like life, in the room with all the big names of the past 60 years, intimates as diverse as Led Zepplin, Jimmy Carter, Sinatra -- the list is endless and fascinating. His chapter about experiences with Armand Hammer reads almost like fiction. He is the beneficiary of more than a little luck, and if the word chutzpah hadn't been invented, it would have to have been made up for him. But he is more than an operator, a player -- his basic honest nature forged ...more

So I bought this because Jerry was on Ellen (I am obsessed with Ellen) and his life sounded so interesting. He co-managed Elvis. He managed Frank Sinatra. He managed Led Zepplin. He managed so many actors, celebrities, personalities, it was amazing. He also directed the Oceans movies (11, 12, and 13).

The early years, him growing up, his family, learning the business, starting out and working with these legends wa
Weintraub's biography is pretty self-indulgent. He seems to have left out the parts where he was good at his job and deserved the success. Too many times he seemed to be rewarded for simply doing what he should have done, or bullshitting his way into something he wanted.

It's also worth mentioning that he told all these stories to someone, who then wrote it down for him and (in my case) had him read it aloud. The only time I really believed any of the conviction in his stories was when he got cho
Jaclyn Kendall
Probably the most entertaining memoir I have ever read. Jerry is not the best writer, but he has a wonderful voice that brought the story alive. I loved all of his stories and each chapter made me either laugh or cry. Jerry's anecdotes were never long or boring - they all had good meat, and all added something to the story of his life. There were even a few key points that I took away from his life that I jotted down as notes to myself. Jerry has gained a lot of wisdom from doing what he does fo ...more
Weintraub tells his story in a bold,a tad arrogant and un-politically correct voice. When I Stop Talking is an edgy and honest (but refreshingly spare in his criticism of stars, colleagues and family,) memoir of Weintraub's own life swings into the rat pack of the Sinatra days, to the rat pack of the George Cloony-Brad Pitt days, and everyone else he managed or "created" ranging from John Denver to Elvis Presley.
What I liked most about this book is Weintraub's flaming entrepreneurial spirit, al
Amy Fremgen
Another memoir/autobiography. And another person whose name was familiar but I knew nothing about. This is a fascinating read. The author is obviously very intelligent with lots of street smarts, charismatic with a great gift of gab, honest, loyal, and one of the luckiest men of all time. If you remember Elvis, the Beatles, and Sinatra you will love his stories and how he became a great friend of almost everyone in the entertainment and political world. He lets you know that when George HW Bush ...more
Mario Tomic
This book is not really a biography, it's more of a compilation of important lessons from a man who followed his passions to the core and changed the world in many ways. Jerry Weintraub isn't just another rag to riches story, this book will among many other things teach you the massive value of having people skills and strong integrity. As I was listening to the audiobook in many ways it was like speaking to an old friend. I really recommend you to check it out and definitely get the audio versi ...more
Van Edwards
This was an easy and enjoyable read. I'm not sure what compelled me to read it - maybe it was the "persuasive" part, looking for tips - but Weintraub is a larger, and louder, than life character who knew what he didn't want to do (sell jewelry) and dove in to the things he discovered he did, like show biz. Everyone is a friend of his and he doesn't meet strangers. Perhaps that is what made the book such a compelling read for me, because it's a quality I lack, and want. His stories are interestin ...more
Nathan Timmel
By the end of the book, I really, really liked it, but the beginning was a little rough. My problem is in the tone; I heard Mr. Weintraub interviewed on NPR, telling some of the stories, and was immediately engrossed. Reading the book, however, was exactly like reading dictation; this is not a written-word book, it is spoken word translated, and that gives it an odd feel. This is most likely a fantastic audio book, but even though the stories are amazing and his life rich, it does not read well.
I read this book while I was on a hike through the Great Smokey Mountains and something about the juxtaposition of his wild adventures in the urban jungle against my own adventure through the wilderness made this book an even more memorable read. I love Jerry's "I can do anything" attitude and it was a great reminder that good things happen if you never quit. It was like he was there in the room (or the tent) just telling me stories.
I heard an interview with Jerry Weintraub on NPR, and it was an EXTREMELY entertaining hour. So much so that I missed the 880 split and ended up crossing the Bay Bridge instead of continuing up towards Vallejo! I just had to get it on my nook.

Completely lived up to my expectations. Fascinating, funny, touching... and above all else, entertaining.
I really enjoyed reading this book. Jerry Weintraub tells how a boy from Brooklyn made it all the way to the top of every field he entered - music, movies, promotion... He connected with the best in all. How many people from such humble beginnings have rubbed shoulders with the likes people from Elvis Presley and John Denver to Armand Hammer and President George H.W. Bush? Great stories!
Andrew Williams
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So Jerry looks and talks like every man want to look and talk in their 70's. Other than that, he acknowledges his life has been proof that Luck works. He chronicles the many people he knows, while revealing very little about them. All this is the more disappointing b/c Weintraub has known an eclectic and powerful group of folks.
Hamza Nasir
Really awesome book, with a lot of practical business lessons as well as life lessons in general. Super entertaining as well; you forgot how much you are learning as you read fascinating stories about Elvis, Frank Sinatra and other very famous people. Jerry Weintraub really did live an inspiring life.

Take away lessons:

1) Perception is more important than reality in terms of marketing. In the first chapter, Jerry talks about his father being a jewelry merchandiser and one day finding this one e
I've had this book on my shelf for a few years now and for whatever reason, I finally decide to read this book. It couldn't have been read at a better time in my life. Reading his stories about his life and his experiences were hugely entertaining, and in a lot of ways, inspiring, even. I loved this man's life and his approach on various challenges and his overall perspective in regards to life, business, people and the people he loves. Was he perfect and admirable all the time? No, and he doesn ...more
Jerry chronicles a quintessentially American journey, one marked by luck, love, and improvisationtories he tells and lessons we larn are essential, not just for those who love movies and books but for busi9nessmen, entrepreneurs, artists, and well everyone
I liked this book, told by a man that is apparently persuasive, although he doesn't tell how he got to be that way. Quite an interesting life. On audio, the grandfatherly narration lends itself well to the story.
Jeff Garlin
I love auto biographies where you can imagine you are sitting and having an actual conversation with the person; where their voice comes through so strongly. This is one of those books. It isn't a point by point linear presentation but rather a collection of stories at turning points in his life. Jerry can get away with it because his stories are excellent. Reminded me of being a kid on hot summer nights when I would sit out in the back yard and listen to my folks, aunts and uncles tell their st ...more
Fun read. Didn't really know who Jerry was before but he has packed some great inspiring Hollywood and business success stories in here.
Ella Levy
I couldn't put this book down. It felt as if I was sitting across from Jerry Weintraub himself, and he was just telling me a story. It read like a conversation, and when I put the book down, I felt as if I had learned something else about a dear friend although I have never met Weintraub and probably never will.

The book is filled with his successes, but I also would've liked to hear more about any failures he encountered and how he learned and grew from them as an individual.

Overall I highly enj
All in all, he's more fun to hear being interviewed than to read. But it is an interesting career.
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