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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.Read more ›
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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Chris has had a very full and mostly rewarding life in a very risky business. To come out on top as he has done speaks volumes.Published 7 months ago by twyfordwasp
Best autobio on the music biz I've ever read! He's the 'invisible' Branson!Published 23 months ago by Jeffrey A.
The book was given as a gift which was specifically requested and they were very pleased with it I believePublished on 2 Jun. 2014 by L P COULTEN