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Hitmaker: The Man and His Music | [Tommy Mottola, Cal Fussman]

Hitmaker: The Man and His Music

Much has been written about Tommy Mottola, one of the most powerful, visionary, and successful executives in the history of the music industry. He discovered, developed and launched the careers of many superstars, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Gloria Estefan, and is credited with creating the "Latin Explosion". He has had the privilege of working alongside Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, and Ozzy Osbourne, among other music giants.
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Much has been written about Tommy Mottola, one of the most powerful, visionary, and successful executives in the history of the music industry. He discovered, developed and launched the careers of many superstars, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Gloria Estefan, and is credited with creating the "Latin Explosion". He has had the privilege of working alongside Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, and Ozzy Osbourne, among other music giants. This is his story - a story of the modern music industry, from Elvis to the iPod - through the eyes of the man who made much of it happen.

Hitmaker recounts how a kid from the Bronx - and a college dropout - became one of the music industry's most creative and controversial CEOs. For the first time, Tommy lays bare the facts behind the most sensational aspects of his life, such as being married to and developing the career of Mariah Carey, managing Michael Jackson's emotional ups and downs, and the power struggle with his onetime boss and mentor Walter Yetnikoff.

Hitmaker will take you inside this world of power, money, and fame as he recounts the fascinating dealings with countless icons, and what it was like to be at the top when the business suddenly changed.

Tommy's story is one that will never be duplicated - and here it is, in his own voice, for the first time.

©2013 Tommy Mottola (P)2013 Hachette Audio

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    Karl J. Wulff St. Louis, MO 02-17-13
    Karl J. Wulff St. Louis, MO 02-17-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Chazz Palminteri should stick to movies."
    What didn’t you like about Chazz Palminteri’s performance?

    Chazz Palminteri delivers an uneven and stilted reading. He frequently mispronounces words, and then switches back and forth between alternate pronunciations in an apparent attempt to resolve his confusion, at our expense. He is constantly placing the the emphasis on the wrong word as though he is incapable of reading a few words ahead in order to grasp the gist of the narrative. The effect is a very stilted and distracting performance. I also thought he laid it on a little too think with the Brooklyn accent. I've heard Tommy Mattola give interviews, and his way of speaking and demeanor does not square with Palminteri's affect here.The insider tidbits are interesting, but Palminteri's performance detracted from what would otherwise have been an enjoyable listen.


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    A. Romero Western Springs, Illinois, USA 08-08-14
    A. Romero Western Springs, Illinois, USA 08-08-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Interesting and Enjoyable!"
    What did you love best about Hitmaker?

    Where he starts and where he finishes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mottola. It's his story.


    Have you listened to any of Chazz Palminteri’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but based on this story, he was a perfect fit for this narration.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The honesty about how technology passed Sony by because of poor leadership


    Any additional comments?

    For music lovers of the 80's and 90's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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