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Listen Out Loud: A Life in Music--Managing Mccartney, Madonna, and Michael Jackson Hardcover – 3 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: The Lyons Press (3 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762791446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762791446
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Listen Out Loud reminded me why Ron Weisner is my brother from another mother. Like me, he's not afraid to do something just because it hasn't been done. This is a must-read for music industry professionals, musicians, listeners ... Hell, this book is a must-read for anybody!"-Quincy Jones"The passion and loyalty Ron has for his artists, his business associates, and his friends is unmatched... Now, with the music industry in such flux and turmoil, it's the perfect time for Ron to tell his story. There's a whole new generation of representatives, producers, and executives who could stand to learn from his experience. And if they take what he has to say to heart, maybe, just maybe, they can make our entertainment world a little bit better." -Gladys Knight, from the foreword"A memoir of the music business from a manager who worked his way up from the mailroom to managing world-class acts. Superstars praise the producer--the book includes short memories penned by the likes of Gladys Knight, Steve Winwood and Quincy Jones. A matter-of-fact epilogue with advice for up-and-coming stars is sensible. Weisner reserves fondness for the late Michael Jackson, whom he stewarded through the height of his career and about whom he shares previously unknown stories (who knew the inspiration for Michael's uniforms came from punk-pop star Adam Ant?)." --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Ron Weisner began his career as a music manager in the 1960s at Buddah Records and worked with some of the most influential artists of the era. He managed Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Steve Winwood, and Curtis Mayfield, among other superstars. He has also spent decades producing television shows and special events for the likes of Beyonce and Chaka Khan. Alan Goldsher is the author of 14 books, including the acclaimed Beatles/horror comedy Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion. As a ghostwriter, he has collaborated with numerous celebrities and public figures. For more information, visit

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I really enjoyed this, loved the author's direct writing style - real and not fluffy. And most importantly gained an insight into the behind the scenes workings of some of the top artists he managed.
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By Jim on 8 May 2015
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Not much of a book. Light on actual stories and gossip. Not very in depth
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Engaging and entertaining glimpse into the music business 27 May 2014
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This is a must read for anyone interested in hearing an insider’s perspective of the music industry and it’s evolution or, one could argue, devolution. Weisner starts the ride with his beginnings at the legendary Buddah Records. He continues with amazing story after amazing story featuring many music greats: Gladys Knight, Curtis Mayfield, Steve Winwood, Bill Withers, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Madonna and yes, Michael Jackson. After reading some of the previous reviews, it’s obvious that there is a public fixation on the Michael chapter. Of course, Weisner is going to write about his experiences with Michael… but if his intentions were to exploit the subject, why didn’t he just devote the entire book to Jackson? It’s a great chapter but the book as a whole is what makes this an engaging read. To see from the perspective of a music veteran how the industry has changed from one that sought to support and develop artists to one that simply cares about the bottom line is fascinating. Highly recommended. Couldn’t put it down!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book, quick read 2 Jun. 2014
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I bought this book after reading snippets from it in Rolling Stone. I am so glad I did... I tore through the book, it's not long and it's a fascinating read. The other negative comments are due to the Michael Jackson content, which is maybe only 10% of the book. And the odd part is, Ron Weisner comes across as an extremely kind, straightforward and decent human being, the sort that is in short supply in the entertainment industry. He has a clear love of MJ's legacy and does not say anything controversial about Michael - just some interesting tidbits from a management perspective, in that Michael needed a strong father figure to guide his career and instead got a monster in Joe Jackson, which ultimately derailed his career and killed him.

But MJ aside, the other anecdotes are fascinating, and I especially love the little asides included from the artists. You don't have to be a fan of Gladys Knight or Steve Winwood to find the story of their successes fascinating, and the book definitely makes one yearn for a bygone era, when there was more musicianship in music, and the industry, for better or worse, was about creativity and not money.

I highly recommend this book... I can definitely see it being made into a movie. It is impossible to come away from this book not liking Mr. Weisner immensely. He is a no-nonsense, pleasant guy who worked his ass off for his successes and is graceful and grateful about his place in music history.
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From Rolling Stone June 29, 2009: "Last week, a number of concert-business sources expressed optimism that Jackson would pull off a comeback with his O2 shows. "He looked fine," says Ron Weisner, a Jackson co-manager during the early Thriller days, who happened to catch one of the singer's O2 rehearsals three weeks ago at a Burbank, CA, studio. "It was important for him to get out there and giving people a great show and giving people an opportunity who had never had a chance to see him to experience him again. He was totally into this and working hard to make this happen."

Now: "Days before Jackson died in 2009, Weisner met him at the Staples Center. "He hadn't looked really healthy for a good long while, but this was a whole other level," he writes. "I thought...'He looks like a goddamn prisoner of war'...

So, Mr. Weisner, which is it? Excuse me for wondering, but which recollection is bound to sell more books, along with printed bites in the media? Oh...and what additional 'memories' might be just a tad skewed?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Funny, Interesting and No Holds Barred 1 July 2014
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I loved this book. It brought back many memories of wonderful music while at the same time telling some very interesting stories that sometimes made my jaw drop. A great, quick summer read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Love this book! 6 Jun. 2014
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A great read, couldn't put it down! Well done! Stories on MJ, and Joe Jackson, Steve Winwood,Gladys, highly recommend this.
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