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A high-powered music manager reflects on his forty-year career, working with Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, and Madonna, his friendships with Gladys Knight, Quincy Jones, and Curtis Mayfield, and the huge, often detrimental changes he witnessed within the industry.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2015 by Lyons Press (first published June 3rd 2014)
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Kristin Strong
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
3 stars for dishing a little on the celebrities he's known and worked with. Major deduction, though, for lousy editing and an apparent absence of any fact checking whatsoever. Too many grammatical, syntactical, and proofreading errors had me re-reading passages because I'd misunderstood them the first time through. But what was really inexcusable was Mr. Weisner's assertion that Michael Jackson's videos appeared on MTV in 1980. This is impossible, because MTV premiered on August 1, 1981. Anybody ...more
Brendan Keene
Awesome book. The best chapters are by far the ones about the Jackson 5 and Michael. Highly recommended for anyone in the music industry/business or someone who loves music!

Ron is a legend!
Petula Darling
Jan 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Running a quick fact-check would have done this book a world of good. I found numerous easily-disproven statements in the first chapter I read. It makes me wonder if any of the info is accurate.
Timothy Neesam
Music manager provides a birds eye view of his career managing artists both low and high in profile, including Gladys Knight, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Paul McCartney, and some surprises, like Sha Na Na (remember Sha Na Na). The book covers several decades and much of the book focuses on how different artists shift shift in focus from artistic integrity to the pursuit of cold hard cash. Weisner has an appreciation for people who work hard, are honest and up front. Weisner knew Michael Jackson fr ...more
Alexis
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy reading book with some interesting details about the music business. Great photos.

Ron Weisner is a legend in the music industry. He presents a somewhat balanced picture of his efforts by using quotes from the famous names he has worked with throughout several decades. He mentioned numerous times that he isn't ego driven, and presents his opinion as to why that is the case. I do find it suspect however, that he feels he needs to tell us multiple that he isn't egotistical.

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Elizabeth Hildenstein
Listening out loud was very interesting.

This book was very interesting insight on both sides of the music biz. if you love to learn about the craziness of the music's industry I highly recommend this book. Also check out the book from Clive Davis.
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Sarah
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting but slow at times
Terry
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Weisner's fairly diplomatic about the people he's worked with - a fun read. ...more
Lisa
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Insider view of old music industry. Poorly written book...the interview at the end was the best part.
Bill McBreen
Feb 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Most self-involved author ever?
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