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Rock On: An Office Power Ballad | [Dan Kennedy]

Rock On: An Office Power Ballad

In his outrageous memoir, McSweeney's contributor Kennedy chronicles his misadventures at a major record label. Whether he's directing a gangsta rapper's commercial or battling his punk roots to create an ad campaign celebrating the love songs of Phil Collins, Kennedy's in way over his head. And from the looks of those sitting around the boardroom, he's not alone.
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Publisher's Summary

How do you land a sweet six-figure marketing gig at the hallowed record label known for having signed everyone from Led Zeppelin to Stone Temple Pilots? You start with a resume like Dan Kennedy's:

  • Dressed up as a member of Kiss every Halloween
  • Memorized Led Zeppelin IV at age 10
  • Fronted a lip-sync band in junior high
  • Worked as a college DJ while he was a college drop-out

    In his outrageous memoir, McSweeney's contributor Kennedy chronicles his misadventures at a major record label. Whether he's directing a gangsta rapper's commercial or battling his punk roots to create an ad campaign celebrating the love songs of Phil Collins, Kennedy's in way over his head. And from the looks of those sitting around the boardroom, he's not alone.

    Egomaniacs, wackos, incompetents, and executive assistants who know more than their seven-figure bosses round out this power-ballad to office life and rock and roll.

    Download the accompanying reference guide.

    ©2008 Dan Kennedy; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

  • What the Critics Say

    "Kennedy is a talented humor writer, and the book is riotously funny throughout....Anyone who appreciates good writing will enjoy it....Recommended." (Library Journal)
    "Kennedy's style - hilarious, paranoid and vulnerable - captures wonderfully the absurdity of the corporate music industry." (Publishers Weekly)

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      Marwan Y Plainfield, IL, USA 11-13-09
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      "Very enjoyable"

      I thought the narration and story were excellent.
      I was a bit bummed when the story ended... I only wish it could have been longer.

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      Russell 03-15-08
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      I thought this book would have some fun, insightful stories about the music industry but that was not the case. A book seemingly written by a high schooler without much creativity. Dan is no wordsmith. So many words used to describe so little. Who edited this book? Anyone? If this is all of the substance and poorly constructed prose it takes to get a book published, I think I will start one myself. There are too many other great book out there to waste the time and money on this one. Next please.

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