Anything for a Hit

An A&R Woman's Story of Surviving the Music Industry
Narrated by: Traci Odom
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Dorothy Carvello knows all about the music biz. She was the first female A&R executive at Atlantic Records and one of the few in the room at RCA and Columbia. But before that, she was secretary to Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic’s infamous president who signed acts like Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin, negotiated distribution deals with Mick Jagger, and added Neil Young to Crosby, Stills & Nash. 

The stories she tells about the kingmakers of the music industry are outrageous, but it is her sinuous friendship with Ahmet that frames her narrative. He was notoriously abusive, sexually harassing Dorothy on a daily basis. Still, when he neared his end, sad and alone, Dorothy had no hatred toward him - only a strange kind of loyalty. Carvello reveals here how she flipped the script and showed Ertegun and every other man who tried to control her that a woman can be just as willing to do what it takes to get a hit. 

Featuring never-before-heard stories about artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Steven Tyler, Bon Jovi, INXS, Marc Anthony, Phil Collins, and many more, this audiobook is a must-hear for anyone who has ever wondered what it's really like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry.

©2018 Dorothy Carvello (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A MUST READ (listen) for all females

A MUST READ for all pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. Interview your future boss and check their references and history first. I could not take my headphones off, popcorn in hand.

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Interesting look into the music business

As an avid music lover as well as knowing several musicians in the business, I found Dorothy’s story quite interesting and disturbing. This is an ugly business for women. The narrator did a great job (once I got used to the Brooklyn accent)! I enjoyed the story.

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Record label loyalty

This story is for anyone Who loves the music industry. To hear how this woman was treated and trying to make a career for herself in the music business is appalling. She really makes you understand what she went through and why she stayed the course. Great listen!