When I Stop Talking, You'll Know I'm Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man
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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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Julia
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...more
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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
Erica
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...more
Byron
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
Judith
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...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...more
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
Hilary
NOSAUCE BOOK REVIEW - WHEN I STOP TALKING, YOU WILL KNOW I’M DEAD by Jerry Weintraub

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...more
Ryan
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...more
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
Renee
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...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.
Rachel
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.
Karla
WHY I PICKED IT UP:
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.

NOW THAT I'VE READ IT:
Completely lived up to my expectations. Fascinating, funny, touching... and above all else, entertaining.
Dave
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!
Dev
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.
Dawn
A great read. Not exactly a memoir but a great look into the life of someone who has lived, made mistakes and had success in an era from days gone by. I loved the lists at the end. People, bands, actors, etc... that Jerry has promoted and worked with. It's a whos who of people I have grown up listening to and watching.
Teechbiz
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
Jay
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.
Emily Finan
An awesome fun read! Ever have a great fun night at a bar while people tell great stories? Reading this book was like having that experience. The energy and passion that comes through is infectious- Weintraub and Cohen make a great story-telling team. Weintraub’s life exemplifies the “you don’t ask, you don’t get” philosophy. This book earns five stars because I shed a few real tears during the chapter about his parent’s passing. That said I didn’t believe for one minute he was telling you the w...more
Rich
Fun read. Didn't really know who Jerry was before but he has packed some great inspiring Hollywood and business success stories in here.
Christopher
All in all, he's more fun to hear being interviewed than to read. But it is an interesting career.
Linda
This was kind interesting, but a little hard to take at times. A lot of horn blowing.
Annie
This was like sitting down and hearing stories from the funniest, coolest man in the world - the man who has lived an unreal life and reveals much of it here. Jerry Weintraub grew up in the Bronx and went on to become an extremely successful producer for music (Elvis, Sinatra, John Denver) and movies (Karate Kid, Ocean's 11, 12, 13 and more).

Some quotes I liked:
"The point is, do not get attached to the world as it is, because the world is changing, something new is coming, every ten years a bi...more
Jennifer Defoy
A review copy of this book was provided by Hachette Audio.

I liked this book. I had heard the name Jerry Weintraub before but I never really knew who he was. After hearing all of the things he has accomplished in his life I now realized that I've probably heard his name a million times but since he's not the star of anything I've never really paid that much attention to who he was.

This book is like sitting with your grandfather listening to the stories of his life and taking in all the advice h...more
OK Dad
Dr. J again displays his interest and secret affair with all-things Hollywood in his selection of this book. He enjoyed it enough to pass it onto me, which, I have to say, is extremely enjoyable only 30 pages in.

Page 29

"When I got back from the service in 1956, the Bronx had changes. Everyone was seventeen when I went away, in varsity jackets and white bucks, hair slicked into ducktails, on the corner into the night, nothing but time to argue and boast. Everyone was twenty when I returned, and r...more
Matt Evans
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Ok, so he didn’t close Arthur Godfrey. He got Elvis, and Sinatra, and Dylan and Zeppelin. He produced movies ranging from Robert Altman’s ‘Nashville’ to ‘The Karate Kid’ to the star-packed successful remakes of the ‘Oceans’ series (‘Eleven,’ ‘Twelve’ and ‘Thirteen.’) He even counts world leaders like George Bush, Jimmy Carter and the late Armand Hammer his friends.
Meet the real Mr. Showbiz. Meet Jerry Weintraub.

Hard to believe that one man went from being a young New York talent agent to managin...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Well, I can mark my first audiobook off my list! I won this in a challenge and immediately put it into my car cd player to enjoy to and fro work. Although, this wouldn't be a book I would immediately pick out, I was excited to use it as a test to see if I would enjoy the audiobook genre. As far as audiobooks - I enjoy, but I don't know that I could listen to fiction and read another fiction book and keep it all together.

Now as far as this "book." It was interesting. It was definitely not in my...more
Steven Dzwonczyk
It's hard to believe that I've gone this far through life without ever noticing the name "Jerry Weintraub." I was attracted to the audiobook based on the title, not knowing who the author was. But he's been influential in just about everything you can name in my lifetime, while making a fortune for himself. He took Elvis on a national tour before there were national tours. He was friends with George HW Bush. He was friends with Jimmy Carter. He was friends with Armand Hammer. He made John Denver...more
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