Having risen from working-class Brooklyn and the legal department of CBS, Yetnikoff, who freely admitted to being tone deaf, was an unlikely label head. But he had an uncanny knack for fostering talent and intimidating rivals with his appalling behavior, usually fueled by an explosive combination of cocaine and alcohol. His tantrums, appetite for mind-altering substances, and sexual exploits were legendary. In Japan to meet the Sony executives who acquired CBS during his tenure, Walter was assigned a minder who confined him to a hotel room. True to form, Walter raided the minibar, got blasted, and seeing no other means of escape, opened a hotel window and vented his rage by literally howling at the moon.
In Howling at the Moon, Yetnikoff traces his journey as he climbed the corporate mountain, danced on its summit, and crashed and burned. Reflecting on the sinister cycle that left his career in tatters and CBS flush with cash, Yetnikoff emerges with a hunger for redemption and a new reverence for his working-class Brooklyn roots.
©2004 Walter Yetnikoff with David Ritz; (P)2004 Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
"This memoir by Yetnikoff, the former president of CBS Records, may lead to hipsters changing the phrase 'partying like a rock star' to 'partying like the president of a record label.'" (Publishers Weekly)
They say that internet downloads are killing the music industry! i say boring industry exec's are killing the music industry?I'll give you an example? I recently called an A&R person in a major record company , and said are you going to check out blah blah, "oh no i dont go out anymore, I just stay at home and watch a dvd and go to bed" was the answer?this is what the industry is made of today?boring idiots. bring back the YETNIKOFF style exec. A MUST READ FOR ALL THOSE BORING IDIOTS WHO WORK IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. you might actually learn something and generate a profit for both your company and artists.
Wow. Love the book, especially Walters reading. I wish it was longer. Walter, don't be too hard on yourself.
I dont tend to usually go for abridged versions though not sure how much more of this I could take. He has lived this life most people could only dream of. At times seem to dismiss himself as not deserving though he worked tirelessly and it took its toll on marriages, bank accounts and his health. Check it out for sure.
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