The Hitmen: The Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for Hire

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The Hitmen: The Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for Hire

The Hitmen: The Shocking True Story of a Family of Killers for Hire

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Hitmen for Hire takes the reader on a journey like no other, navigating a world of hammermen (hitmen), informers, rogue policemen, taxi bosses, gang leaders and crooked businessmen.

Subsequently, the names in this book have become part of music industry lore; it’s not so much about the Network or payola as much as it’s about the unbridled heyday of the music business. Personally I think the Mergers and Acquisitions craze did more to damage the American music recording industry than anything else. Too in depth for me; this focuses on record executives over the past decades and there was just too many names and characters that I didn't really care about. Definitely a valuable period piece, in capturing an industry that had opposed LPs, cassettes, and CDs and was trying to decide if DAT was the future, which I suppose it wasn't. Since 1994, South Africa has witnessed some spectacular underworld killings associated with various industries and sectors.

A legendary book, I suppose, and the first half or so lives up to it--yeasty, contentious, endlessly quotable shtick from a legion of record execs, all variously self-justifying, crap-talking, defending themselves, lying, and constantly deploying abundant traditional Yiddish invective to explain why the opponent at hand is a goniff, shlemiel, causes shpilkes, etc. The first time was in 1995 and I didn’t care about any of it because I wanted to learn about the Nashville music business. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). This book exposes the way record companies regularly cheat and scam their artists out of tens of thousands of dollars and the payola schemes of the 1980s.

It's everything you always wanted to know about the music industry, including whether or not it's run by the mafia, how payola works and the many ways labels rip off artists. I'm not sure how accurate all of the information is, but it was very interesting to understand how the behind the scenes of the music industry works. Dannen reserves his sharpest barbs for ’80s CBS Records head Irving Azoff, who here seems like the ultimate gladhanding sleazebag. Record companies were a bit slow to pick up on the rock n roll era, with the big labels sticking mainly to middle-of-the-road, pop, classical artists.

No one, insider or outsider, has ever grasped the basic concept of power in the pop-music business better than Fredric Dannen in Hit Men. Come down the travelators, exit Sainsbury's, turn right and follow the pedestrianised walkway to Crown Walk and turn right - and Coles will be right in front of you. Indeed, reading this made me realize that Sean Parker, in his role as the inventor of Napster, is truly one of the most consequential figure in the history of recorded music.

Though not everything is right; Dannen gets wrong the date of the Beach Boys' signing with Columbia, for instance.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.

Networks of promoters, many tied to the Mob, would lobby thru all means to get songs on the air and in heavy rotation. The narrative hook for that section is about the growth of, and subsequent occasional fumbling attempts to rein in, what was essentially Payola 2. While [Neil] Bogart [of Casablanca] made himself wealthy and launched many hit acts, he was not a model businessman.The book was at its best when it focused on the larger-than-life personalities of the music industry in the 1970s and '80s, but when it got into excruciating and unnecessary detail on the minutiae of the business transactions, it lost me. Publisher Sandycove yesterday said: “We’re delighted with the early success of The Hitmen and we’re sure it’s going to go on and be a massive seller for us.

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