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Howling At The Moon: The True Story of the Mad Genius of the Music World Paperback – 26 Feb 2004


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Abacus; First Issue In This Edition edition (26 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0349117977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0349117973
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,469,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jackie Collins herself couldn't have plotted a more readable yarn (SUNDAY TIMES)

Vodka for breakfast, secretary for lunch, signed the Stones at tea . . . It is as an entertaining, high-grade gossip sheet that this Brooklyn-born Caligula's memoirs function primarily, but they also provide an invaluable account of key stage in the hist (OBSERVER)

A blisteringly entertaining read (INDEPENDENT)

It provides a stream of fabulous anecdotes -a fight with Mick, a shared mistress with Marvin, and several disturbing encounters with MJ, who called him "Good Daddy"' ARENA ('His stories of the whispering venality of the image-obsessed young Michael Jackson wanting to renege on deals while appearing squeaky clean are very revealing . . . An entertaining book, his sex life alone being of Olympian proportions')

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More outrageous than Julia Phillip's 'You'll Never Eat Lunch in this Town Again', more star-studded than Robert Evans's 'The Kid Stays in the Picture', this is the soul-baring memoir of the record industry's most outspoken - and self-destructive - music mogul.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John McBride on 21 Jan. 2008
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This is a fascinating book. If you are interested in learning more on the characters of the A List celebrities, including Mick Jagger & Michael Jackson to name but a few, then buy this book. Walter Yetnikoff does not come across as a nice guy, but he does come across honestly. Beware, there are a few fairly explicit details in this book, & if you are comfortable with reading such details, then I recommend this book. This is real fast lane stuff !
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As a big fan of Michael Jackson (in particular during the late 80's & early 90's) I knew of MJ's business relationship with Walter Yetnikoff so would have read this book with interest even if it didn't appear such a fascinating read as the back cover would suggest. I also managed to pick up a bargain copy but would have paid the RRP anyway more than likely.

This autobiography traces the rise (and fall) of arguably the most high-profile of all record company bosses of the 70's & 80's, a time when major (and dare I say genuinely gifted) superstars sold lorry-loads of albums as opposed to the more recent trends of "too-cool-for-school" acts of this Millenium. First up, Yetknikoff is not a particularly likeable guy, although I did find myself totally understanding many of his actions & indeed viewpoints whilst chuckling to myself at his directness.

The book isn's a particularly long read which is both good and bad. Good because the publishers are obviously aware that many readers will buy this to read about the stars that Walter worked with as opposed to wanting to read about the guy who actually wrote it. Bad because I'm sure the guy could have easily shared so many more interesting stories about the likes of Jackson & Jagger. I was a little dissapointed in fact that there wasn't more written about the superstars who were signed to the label. Michael Jackson undoubtedly gets the most coverage & Yetnikoff is un-wavering in his belief that the guy is up there with Elvis & the Beatles despite obviously being of a different breed ! Aside from a few anecdotes relating to Streisand & the Stones and some snippets about Paul Simon & Billy Joel there's not a whole lot of fascinating insight into the artists.
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What I thought was going to be a roller coaster ride of a journey turned out to be much more of a gloss over of the ride with a couple of interesting and amusing anecdotes. The most annoying thing is that Walter Yetnikoff clearly had an amazing life but all he does is tell you "I was going crazy" without giving enough actual examples. He is a great man clearly, I just wish it came through more. Anthony keidis biography, Scar Tissue. which recommended this book in the back sleeve, was a far more engaging, illuminating and personal account.
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Excellent read for anyone interested in how the top people ran the top record companies at the and just before the boom times for the record business. It shows, by one of their own just how ridiculous, incompetent and decadent they all were. Yet their controlled, spent and wasted multimillion dollar budgets.
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By R. Harrod on 16 July 2011
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A wharts and all book on the music business at its most interesting - though of most interest to colleagues and those to whom the key industry names behind the spotlights mean something. His perspective through and through and at least 'he was there.' Arrived timeously and in good condition.
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