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Expensive Habits: Dark Side of the Music Industry Hardcover – 8 Sep 1986

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  • Hardcover: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (8 Sept. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571137202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571137206
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,170,095 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's taken me a few months to read his book because it's quite a gloomy read in parts due to the behaviour of some of those in the pop industry. It's focus is the dark side and if you had any teenage dreams of pop stardom this could act as the big pin to pop your pop dreams. It was an interesting read but I'll stick to my usual cheerier musical reads about heavy metal in future. It's well written and often complex, involving details of court cases. It's chock full of cautionary tales. I'd quite like an update to this book, another chapter about how pop has changed since the early 'eighties.
The book ends with a quote from Malcolm McLaren - "What most people don't realise is that the whole thing is about getting as much money as possible in as short a time as possible with as much style as possible".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith Randall on 18 Jan. 2011
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Anyone contemplating a career in music or any aspect of The Wonderful World of Showbiz is advised to read this.

But don't expect to feel uplifted, encouraged or optimistic - unless you're
going to be a lawyer.
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By S. C. Young on 21 April 2013
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I'm writing a novel about the music industry and this is brilliant. I feel so sorry for Fleetwood Mac and Wham
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