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Big Life
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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.
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on 26 October 2013
What a great read. I was expecting the normal pop dribble but as I've been interested in the artistes that Jazz Summers has supported and bought their records, I gave it a try. I consumed it in 2 sittings. The passion, courage, effort and energy of his life story is exhilarating. Its funny, sad and courageous.The style of the book makes you feel as if you are sitting in the same room as the man, witnessing pop history.

I do a lot of work with whats classified as challenging young people. I hate the term, but society loves labels. The kids I work with would get a better life start by reading this one book than from their poor schooling, probation or social service support. Because its not just about modern music culture its about life.

It would also save the government a fortune. Just employ Jazz Summers to do seminars with his book to young offenders institutes, prisons, schools etc and they could come away with life lessons that would give them hope and the tenacity to keep on trying. A Big Life indeed!
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on 15 June 2014
This book was interesting on so many levels. It gave me an insight into an industry about which I knew very little. Because the book was dictated by Jazz Summers, it isn't full of literary affectations and instead has a much more immediate, intimate quality. (Although, I confess, it took a few pages to get into the style, by the end I really felt I knew and understood more about the man.) Also, I enjoyed learning more about the artists Jazz has managed, because I've listened to so much of the music. I was a big Wham! fan, so that was a particularly interesting section.

Even before Jazz Summers got into the big time, with Big Life, he had a fascinating and remarkable life. He clearly was destined to do something big. I remember reading Bob Geldof's autobiography, Is That It? and thinking, no wonder he followed the path he took - his life was extraordinary from the off. And I'd say the same about Jazz Summers' life - extraordinary.

But this book isn't only full of startling stories of the machinations in the music industry, it offers the author's insights on life, and the importance of cleaning up your own act, eating well, treating people kindly and harnessing the power of the Universe.

I found this a fascinating and inspiring read.

[This will not appear as a verified purchase, as I read it on my partner's kindle.]
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on 13 June 2014
I have met Jazz and know people who have worked with him. A fascinating read. Thank you for the music. #itsalwaysaboutthemusic
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on 24 May 2014
I would recommend this book to anyone who feels passionate about anything . Yeah that's a pretty broad thing to say . This book is that good dx
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on 3 March 2014
Quite a story! Amazing tales from someone most people will never have heard of but should do. Really enjoyable read.
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on 27 February 2014
A great insight to the Music industry and a man who believes!
Like him, admire him or despise him you'll not be able to put it down.
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on 10 February 2014
Inspiring, insightful, funny and a great read. Brilliant, regardless of whether or not you have an interest in artist management - an unmissable read.
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on 9 November 2013
I knew quite a bit about Jazz's career and how many great artists he has helped to become stars. A phenomenal record. What I didn't know was what he got up to whilst in the Army. I found this part of the book very amusing. Also, how he managed to hold down a job as a Radiographer and manage bands at the same time. A great read.
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on 21 October 2013
I liked this book because I worked in the industry at the same time and knew a lot of the people who this book was written about.

An easy read
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