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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; First Edition edition (1 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375502661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375502668
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.5 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,453,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not just for music buffs 31 July 2000
By Kevin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Being a huge fan of music and interested in the backroom dealings of the industry, I just had to read this book. After reading almost the whole thing in one sitting, it didn't disappoint.
A&R is an intriguing novel of power-struggle and greed set against the backdrop of the cut-throat music industry. Not the usual story of up-and-coming bands getting taken advantage of by their record companies, but one of how record execs themselves fall prey to one another.
Jim Cantone lands a once in a lifetime job as head of A&R at a major record label. Instead of just discovering and nuturing new talent, Jim quickly learns that alliances and loyalty play a bigger role in surviving. Having to deal with back-stabbing, conniving co-workers and attorneys to "out of touch" CEOs, Cantone himself starts to lose his own sense of self.
With tales of how bands are used as pawns between record execs to the manipulation of musicians' careers just to feed egos, Flanagan writes with the conviction of an industry insider. Although the theme of the book is music and its business, anyone interested in an entertaining and captivating story should check this out. Musical interest is helpful but not a pre-requisite.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An A for A&R 24 Jun. 2000
By B. Cullman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've known Biill Flanagan over the years as a fellow traveler in music (we've written for a lot of the same magazines -- Musician, Rolling Stone, The NY Times, et al). I've always found him to be perceptive and clear-eyed about the music business while remaining a devoted fan of music, rarely cynical and unusually supportive, and those qualities serve him well in this novel. He's an engaging storyteller, and packs enough real adventure into the work--squalls at sea, a kidnapping, some street fights--to make me think that he could turn out some fine novels that have nothing to do with the music industry. But here he has great fun skewering the pretensions of the business while maintaining a genuine affection for his characters. Well done.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Fast Paced and Fun look at the Music Industry 14 Jan. 2002
By Robert Wellen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A & R is a blast to read. It breaks no new literary ground, but keeps you interested from beginning to end. I've long been fascinated by the entertainment industry (both in fiction and non-fiction form). I had never been much interested in the music industry, but Entertainment Weekly recommended the book and who I am to disagree? More seriously, this comic look at life in the big corporate world of music is really interesting. I'm guessing that Wild Bill is based on Clive Davis or someone like him. Jim, our hero, is a sympathic guy and we pull for him. We also pull for Wild Bill and some of the music acts. The characters are not all that well drawn, but enough so that you are interested. As many satricial novels, that is beyond the point. Flangan casts a critical eye at an ever changing industry and tells a fun story along the way. It won't win any big awards, but is a good read for those who like the entertainment industry.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Flanagan nails the music industry w/A&R 20 Jun. 2000
By stacey hood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Flanagan, a big-shot with VH-1, knows the music biz...So it is only fitting that he has created a very life-like scenario. Enter Jim Cantone, a music-biz "suit" trying to hold onto to his youth while making the world safer with good music. Trials and tribulations apart, we meet music mogul "Wild" Bill Degaul, who shares Jim's passion for good music. If you have ever been in a band or in the business, you know the characters Flanagan has created. His writing is great and the story-line doesn't conveniently collapse at the conclusion. Superb dialogue, scenes and characters make this one a keeper!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An intelligent, funny read. 20 Jun. 2000
By Jake Scudder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I guess I'm one of those guys who knows a guy. I am a musician and have friends on both sides of the business (the artists and the labels) and have seen this book played out in reality several times. Flanagan is so dead on accurate with his hilarious portrait of the business he knows best. While this book has no shortage of satire, there is also a subtle plea for those who hold the pursestrings to remember the music.
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