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A World Before X Factor [Paperback]

Mr Neil A Watson
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22 Oct 2012
Before the world became obsessed with TV talent shows and spray tanned music moguls hellbent on building their own popularity rather than the artists whose careers they were entrusted to promote, the music industry was a far more honourable profession. Artists worked hard to learn instruments, write songs, record demos and style themselves and that was just the start of their road to fame and fortune. They then had to persuade an A&R guy to listen to their music. This could take months, sometimes years but it highlighted the lengths artists and musicians would go to in order to succeed in the music business. These days standing in the car park of a shopping mall for a few hours will get you an audition in front of a 'music industry executive' whilst being filmed as part of his talent show circus. A World Before X Factor is a nostalgic look at the music industry before the TV talent show model turned it into a televised freak show. If singers weren't good they never got on the first run of the ladder. If they're no good these days a clip of them performing will be broadcast on a prime time talent show to millions of people, not to mention the endless follow up hits on youtube. It's a little undignified and something I imagined we once viewed as bad taste along with looking at fat ladies with beards at the circus. In the 1980's the London music scene was thriving, from the still glowing embers of punk, rose the New Romantic movement which created the very beginnings of electronic dance music that is the essence of dance & pop music today. Within an 800 metre circumference existed the UK music scene in London, W1. All the major record and publishing companies had their offices here and the streets were abuzz with singers, songwriters, talent scouts, producers, managers, agents and A&R guys all showcasing and promoting their music to the nearby radio and TV stations. The interaction, the energy, the relationships, successes, the failures, the highs, the lows are covered in this book as told through the eyes of a 17 year old talent scout working for the most successful independent publishing company in the world. The story is a tale of humour, humility and personal relationships that have become life long friendships unlike the relationships born between artist and mentor that engulf our media today. The music industry that gave us The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Elvis, Jimi Hendrix has been taken over by record companies who have given us Kris Allen, David Cook, Taylor Hicks, Carrie Underwood, Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard, Leon Jackson, Steve Brookstein, Matt Cardle, Joe McElderry, Alexandra Burke.......Taxi For Simon Cowell !!

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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (22 Oct 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1478238038
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478238034
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,159,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Insight 7 July 2013
By Bp Nash
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This book is a fascinating insight into music publishing before the music business was ruined by Cowell et al. It is also a touching story of how a young man who idolised his father, lost him too early, and eventually followed in his footsteps to work in the music industry at a time when it was booming and still had independence from multi national corporations. I was involved in the business myself at the time and recognised some of the names that crop up in the book so it was good to hear some stories behind the names.
Overall, I get the impression that the author was having an absolute blast and getting to experience many things that most of us only dream about. Despite the personal accounts in this book it is a semi tribute to the man who appears on the cover, Freddy Bienstock, who built the biggest independent publishing company in the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my late boss 3 Jun 2013
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i love it , because its about my late boss and their's a chapter about my present boss. its a good read
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This book recounts a surprising view of the music industry. I always imagined it to be full of the stereotypical music business types but its refreshing to know there's some normal people as well. It's an easy read, due in part to the fact it's written in a colloquial style. There's a little bit of history towards the end about how certain parts of the music industry evolved but for me the best content was the authors personal incites. I would describe this as a life story within the music industry rather than a story about the music industry.
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