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A searing brilliant example of inner strength bringing deserved success.More than just a music memoir. Read it.NOW
on 4 September 2014
A searingly brilliant read, and deeply revealing of his life and inner self. Remarkably inspirational actually. I knew Jazz Summers a little as I was also in the music industry, we both 'looked after, nurtured, promoted ' successful creative artists, writers, producers and the like. His stories of trying to beat the system to succeed in the USA rang many bells for me- and his telling of it will I hope make some of his artists and contemporaries realize just how hard some of us fought on their behalf.
Read this book and be inspired. Little did I think that I would lose a nights sleep over Jazz bloody Summers.....having started to read the book at about midnight.
One story that's not in the book: I had licensed the distribution rights for 'The Only way Is Up' by Yazz from Big Life for many countries of Europe, putting it through my own companies and my chosen distributors. As was the way with things we ended up not getting the rights to the LP ,which I understood, and Jazz was very clear about informing me.
My team of licensees however were a bit pissed off and thus a bit slow in paying me. At one stage I was three months late in paying Jazz £250,000 in royalties. Most professionals owed such monies would have had me in court in seconds. Not Jazz- he came round to see me, Asked 'Are you going to pay me Rod?" We agreed a specific date - but quite some time in the future. No hustle, no threats, he left me time and space to get on with my business of solving the problem- and called to say 'Thanks for the cheque ." when I paid him (on the promised date.).
I'm the one who should have said thanks. So:"Thanks Jazz." RB.
And If you want to be in business talking care of creative people, read this book there's much to learned there.