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Big Life by [Summers, Jazz]
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‘Jazz is formidable and legendary. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have a conflicting opinion of who he is and half of them have never actually met him. His stories have stories. He’s totally rock n roll, but a bit jazz’ --Boy George

‘I don’t read anything I figure in, but the Jazz I know is a spiritual, stoical warrior who is a fiercely loyal ally and someone I’m glad to call a friend’ --Richard Ashcroft

‘Jazz Summers is a wizard. Whether he is in service to the powers of Light or Darkness usually depends on what side of his argument you’re on. Rest assured that if you are on his team, he will use every force at his disposal to create magic for you’ --Ana Matronic, Scissor Sisters

‘I was warned about Jazz Summers. To the point where I nearly didn’t bother making the meeting. It was the last of many meetings of a very long Friday. I’m glad I did make it, though. An hour in his time is an hour well spent. You always walk away feeling like anything is possible. What more can you ask of anybody?’ --Damon Gough AKA Badly Drawn Boy

‘When Jazz has a belief, especially with an artist he’s representing, no one will get in the way and no one will deter him. He sticks to his guns and fights his corner and he really believes in everything he does’ --Lisa Stansfield

‘Jazz is old skool business. Taking chances, up for a challenge. Passionate and loyal – he’s an adventurer’ --Jazzie B OBE, Soul II Soul

‘Jazz Summers is a fucking lion. If you’re part of his pride he will fight to the death for you. He can make grown men cry and shit themselves. He is, though, essentially a kind man with a big heart with a deep capacity for love. Just don’t piss him off’ --Gary Lightbody, Snow Patrol

‘Eye-opening’ Peter Robinson, Guardian

'Superb' --Mail on Sunday

'Extraordinary...a tremendous, compelling read' --Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music

'As you'd hope from the autobiography of one of the music industry's most colourful characters, the numbers are big, the names are bigger and the adventures are monstrous...Big Life is terrifying and inspiring' --NME

About the Author

Jazz Summers is a soldier who became a musician who became one of the music industry's most successful managers. Jazz has managed Wham!, Lisa Stansfield, Yazz, Soul ll Soul, the Verve, Badly Drawn Boy, Snow Patrol, Klaxons, La Roux, Scissor Sisters and London Grammar, among many others. His artists have sold over sixty million albums and seventy-two million singles around the world, including over one hundred Top 40 hits in the past thirty years. In 2003, Jazz was awarded the prestigious Peter Grant Award and, in 2007, the Strat Award at the Music Week Awards. He remains one of the most important names in music management.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 646 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
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  • Publisher: Quartet Books (25 Sept. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FG1J1DU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #270,850 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book! It felt like an amazing magic carpet ride. I bought it in 2013 & finished it within 48hrs as I could not put it down. Its gripping, It's honest, raw, enlightening, captivating & utterly inspiring like the man himself.
So much of it was fascinating to me as not only had the man behind the words been the very creative genius & driving force behind every band / tune that was a hit that I loved growing up in London & that shaped my youth, but destiny had it that once, I encountered Jazz himself. I had no idea who the man standing in front of me was & being humble he didn't introduce himself as Jazz Summers. All I can say is that he is one of the kindest, gentlest, warm hearted & inspiring souls you could ever be lucky enough to meet. I knew nothing of his background all I knew was that I was with a humble down to earth kind human being who exudes joy, laughter & warmth & is full of life, a nurturing and generosity towards his friends & family and as was the case with me very welcoming to acquaintances. I had the privilege of spending time in the company of him & his close friends and I was made to feel comfortable, appreciated and at home. I learned so many interesting things as Jazz is a wealth of knowledge on so many subjects, a truly intelligent man.
I did not hear so much as a swear word or see any indication of anything other than a sweet natured man..although I was forewarned that I may be surprised at some of the language in the, at the time nearly published book! ..furthermore he has such a pure organic lifestyle, reading about his past was such a contrast. Indeed I had a good chuckle but what truly stood out for me was that I felt a deep respect for the tremendous obstacles he has transcended & the hard work put into achieving so many well deserved successes.
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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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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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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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