Going Platinum

Author: Brett Ermilio
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 149301627X
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The story of the legendary producer, Neil Bogart, founder of Casablanca Records, who made superstars of the 1970’s that have stood the test of time: KISS, Donna Summer, the Village People, and Parliament-Funkadelic. Bogart is the upcoming subject of the Justin Timberlake film Spinning Gold.

And Party Every Day

Author: Larry Harris
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1617133833
Size: 10.49 MB
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(Book). Now it can be told! The true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity. Casablanca was not a product of the 1970s, it was the 1970s. From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart. From his daring first signing of KISS, through the discovery and superstardom of Donna Summer, the Village People, and funk master George Clinton and his circus of freaks, Parliament Funkadelic, to the descent into the manic world of disco, this book charts Bogart's meteoric success and eventual collapse under the weight of uncontrolled ego and hype. It is a compelling tale of ambition, greed, excess, and some of the era's biggest music acts.

Encyclopedia Of Kiss

Author: Brett Weiss
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476625409
Size: 32.58 MB
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The self-proclaimed “Hottest Band in the World,” KISS is one of the most popular groups in the history of rock, having sold more than 100 million albums during their more than 40–year reign. With more gold albums than any other American band, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. KISS influenced a generation of musicians, from Garth Brooks and Mötley Crüe to Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The original leather-clad, makeup-wearing line-up—Ace “Spaceman” Frehley, Gene “Demon” Simmons, Paul “Starchild” Stanley and Peter “Catman” Criss—and their classic hits “Beth” and “Rock and Roll All Nite” are forever etched in pop culture consciousness. This encyclopedia of all things KISS provides detailed information on their songs, albums, tours, television and movie appearances, merchandise, solo work and much more, including replacement members Eric Carr, Vinnie Vincent, Bruce Kulick, Mark St. John, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer.

Keeper Of The Tower

Author: Brett Scott Ermilio
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780986351259
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The year is 1919 and terrible storms are battering the New Jersey coastline. They threaten to swallow the Barnegat Lighthouse whole. The keeper, Henry Jones, an old stubborn army veteran, is all that stands between the lighthouse and doom. It is a quiet existence for Henry until Thomas Dent appears. He is an escaped convict and a mystery to the keeper. But there is something about the lighthouse that draws Thomas in. He seeks a second chance at becoming a better man. The keeper uncharacteristically takes on the lost soul as his assistant. The two men separated by decades of life slowly find a common ground as the keeper teaches Thomas about life. Pasts are never too far behind and Thomas's catches up with him. The evils of yesterday pose a threat to Thomas and the new life he has worked so hard to build. The keeper too battles demons of long ago and the men stand side by side as they battle dangerous storms and their pasts. On one dark night, during a hellish ice storm, the world seems as though it may end for everyone in an epic conclusion to this dramatic tale. Keeper of the Tower is an extraordinary tale of love, suspense, thrilling action, intense drama and the unbreakable bond two strangers can create.

Ordinary Girl

Author: Donna Summer
Publisher: Villard Books
ISBN:
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The popular singer-songwriter describes her journey from Boston choir girl to her rise to pop stardom at the center of the 1970s disco era, revealing the decadent lifestyle and turbulent spiritual odyssey that followed.

Air War For Burma

Author: Christopher F. Shores
Publisher:
ISBN:
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In his monumental work Bloody Shambles, Volume Two, Christopher Shores described in detail the British retreat out of Burma, culminating at the end of May 1942. The monsoon then brought operations on land and in the air virtually to a halt for several months as the British and Indian forces prepared to retake Burma. The Japanese however, had very different ideas. Air War for Burma picks up the story from the beginning of June 1942 and follows the hard-fought campaigns through to the end of the war in August 1945. Here the activities of the RAF and USAAF during the desperate fighting of 1942-44, resulting ultimately in victories at Imphal and Kohima, are fully recounted. No less a forgotten air force than was the 14th 'Forgotten Army', the RAF particularly was denied the most modern and effective aircraft until late in the fighting, struggling to survive with obsolescent equipment against frequently superior Japanese machines. Described herein are the operations during the First and Second Arakan Campaigns; support for the Chindits in their long-range penetrations deep into enemy-held territory; the savage sieges of Imphal and Kohima; and the final victorious advance across the plains of Central Burma to Mandalay and Rangoon. Detailed also are the activities over the Indian Ocean and the East Indies of the Royal Navy's aircraft carriers and the aircrews of the Fleet Air Arm. Painstakingly researched from official sources, log books, letters and interviews, this is far and away the best reference work on the subject, and completes the set.

Appetite For Self Destruction

Author: Steve Knopper
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1416594558
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For the first time, Appetite for Self-Destruction recounts the epic story of the precipitous rise and fall of the recording industry over the past three decades, when the incredible success of the CD turned the music business into one of the most glamorous, high-profile industries in the world -- and the advent of file sharing brought it to its knees. In a comprehensive, fast-paced account full of larger-than-life personalities, Rolling Stone contributing editor Steve Knopper shows that, after the incredible wealth and excess of the '80s and '90s, Sony, Warner, and the other big players brought about their own downfall through years of denial and bad decisions in the face of dramatic advances in technology. Big Music has been asleep at the wheel ever since Napster revolutionized the way music was distributed in the 1990s. Now, because powerful people like Doug Morris and Tommy Mottola failed to recognize the incredible potential of file-sharing technology, the labels are in danger of becoming completely obsolete. Knopper, who has been writing about the industry for more than ten years, has unparalleled access to those intimately involved in the music world's highs and lows. Based on interviews with more than two hundred music industry sources -- from Warner Music chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. to renegade Napster creator Shawn Fanning -- Knopper is the first to offer such a detailed and sweeping contemporary history of the industry's wild ride through the past three decades. From the birth of the compact disc, through the explosion of CD sales in the '80s and '90s, the emergence of Napster, and the secret talks that led to iTunes, to the current collapse of the industry as CD sales plummet, Knopper takes us inside the boardrooms, recording studios, private estates, garage computer labs, company jets, corporate infighting, and secret deals of the big names and behind-the-scenes players who made it all happen. With unforgettable portraits of the music world's mighty and formerly mighty; detailed accounts of both brilliant and stupid ideas brought to fruition or left on the cutting-room floor; the dish on backroom schemes, negotiations, and brawls; and several previously unreported stories, Appetite for Self-Destruction is a riveting, informative, and highly entertaining read. It offers a broad perspective on the current state of Big Music, how it got into these dire straits, and where it's going from here -- and a cautionary tale for the digital age.

The Official Price Guide To Kiss Collectibles

Author: Ingo Floren
Publisher: Ingo Floren
ISBN: 1400050294
Size: 19.33 MB
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Written by a leading collector and dealer of collectibles based on the rock band KISS, this comprehensive sourcebook contains extensive listings and prices for highly desirable KISS merchandise from around the world. 400+ photos. 8-page full-color insert.

Pretty Pretty Pretty Good

Author: Josh Levine
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1554906970
Size: 68.10 MB
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Larry David, the man behind two of the most successful and critically acclaimed sitcoms in television history, is the focus of this biography. This unofficial guide follows the career that has accorded him status as a comic genius and garnered a fanatical following—from his early exploits as a stand-up comic to his role as producer and cocreator of Seinfeld and HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. It explores the back-story of the conception and development of Curb Your Enthusiasm, a mostly improvised sitcom in which the actor stars as a fictionalized version of himself. The comic’s on- and off-screen relationships with colleagues and friends such as Richard Lewis, Ted Danson, Wanda Sykes, Mary Steenburgen, and the cast members of Seinfeld are discussed, and a detailed episode guide to every season of Curb Your Enthusiasm completes this informative and entertaining glimpse into the life and creative process of a great comic talent.

Hit Men

Author: Fredric Dannen
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307802086
Size: 61.96 MB
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Copiously researched and documented, Hit Men is the highly controversial portrait of the pop music industry in all its wild, ruthless glory: the insatiable greed and ambition; the enormous egos; the fierce struggles for profits and power; the vendettas, rivalries, shakedowns, and payoffs. Chronicling the evolution of America's largest music labels from the Tin Pan Alley days to the present day, Fredric Dannen examines in depth the often venal, sometimes illegal dealings among the assorted hustlers and kingpins who rule over this multi-billion-dollar business. Updated with a new last chapter by the author.