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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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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