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Not QUITE as "juicy" as the cover states but still a damn good read,
This review is from: Howling At The Moon: The True Story of the Mad Genius of the Music World (Paperback)
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.
My enjoyment of the book did tail off toward the end when the focus was mainly on Walter's split from Sony and in particular his rehab. He does treat it all with a massive amount of honesty which is refreshing in a day and age of waffle & political correctness.
Overall this is a funny, fascinating & honest read. As I've already stated, I would have loved further thoughts and comments on CBS's artists & I'd hoped the book would have been better than it was but it's still a highly enjoyable read written by a big personality with a big story to tell. Well worth picking up