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One Way Or Another: My Life in Music, Sport & Entertainment by [Wright, Chris]
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About the Author

Chris Wright has been enjoying great beers since 1995while living inGermany, serving in the U.S. Army, and moonlighting as a bartender at ShannonsIrish Pub. He is an award-winning, all-grain brewer who created The Beer Journalto enhance his own and others experience with handcrafted beers. He lives inMonument, Colorado.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8529 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GS97DBG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #468,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An enjoyable and well-written insight into the British rock music industry. A first hand account by one of its leading pioneers.

Chris Wright was not at Woodstock in 1969 (this absence, he says, was one of his "greatest regrets") but it is about the only major music event or artist in the past 40 or so years he seems to have missed. A good autobiography (and this is a very good one) tells you as much about the era as about the subject. If you want the low down on how the music, radio, television and sports industries really work you will find it here.

"One Way or Another" (he borrows the title from Blondie one of his numerous A list artists) is the ultimate insiders guide to the rise and rise and subsequent digital transformation of the British music business. Wright's recollections of himself as a wide-eyed 23 year old visiting America for the first time as the part manager, part roadie for his first major band Ten Years After paint a vivid picture of just how seat-of-the-pants the early rock tours were. They had to share rooms and he could not afford the price of phone calls back to the UK. His even earlier experience of booking bands, as the social secretary of Manchester University, seems incredible now. Did The Who really play for just £325 a night? But Chris Wright was there in the 1960s and he does remember it - or at least he kept good notes.

The music business is one of big egos, bitter competitions and massive fallings-out. Mr Wright has been through them all and lays the out the details for us to enjoy in lucid and self-deprecating style. He's the guy who nurtured Jethro Tull, Procol Harem and Spandau Ballet but failed to sign David Bowie, The Kinks and Vangelis. He is refreshingly honest about triumphs and disasters.
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An interesting tale - ie lots of fascinating people and events are involved - but told with a little too much smugness for my liking. Being there is a good reason for telling a particular story; it doesn't have to always be ABOUT Mr Wright. Should have had a tougher editor.
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Chris Wright was likeable then, and after reading this delightful account of life as a major figure in the music business, he is endearing, entertaining, surprising, and inspiring.
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A timeless book. It's a frank account of how Chrysalis Records, and subsequent Chrysalis Group came about, flourished and the components got sold off. And if you thought the business side was "full-on", wait until you read about Chris' personnel life. A juggler would be proud of him!
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Detailed and intelligent autobiography by one of the key players in rock'n'roll music in the past few decades. As the book shows, Wright did more than build Chrysalis in music. He also took the company into TV production, publishing, and radio. He succeeded in all areas, save perhaps book publishing. His business was also a public company, so he gives fascinating insight into the ups and down of running a business on the stock market. And he tells us about his hobbies like race horses and rugby team ownership. All in all a extraordinary career and story - and impressively well written, for a non-professional.
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I have been lucky enough to have two books about the music industry published (Last Shop Standing' and 'Strange Requests and Comic Tales from Record Shops') so this book was clearly going to appeal to me.
It was the most enjoyable music book I have ever read. I have recommended it to all my friends and those wise enough to follow my advice all agree with me. Treat yourself and buy it for your next holiday read.
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By GH on 14 Mar. 2014
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Interesting man so an interesting book. Lots of great stories of the music industry and the well known stars within it. Very much recommended.
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