Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay: The dodgy business of popular music Hardcover – 26 Jun 2014
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"The world's highest-grade rock'n'roll gossip . . . Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay is a sharp, fast-moving and beautifully written popular history spanning three centuries of wheeling, dealing, horse-trading, cigar-chewing enterprise and skullduggery" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The book is a fascinating tale of the rise of publishing companies in England and the US, their various interconnections, the multitude of tricks they employed to promote themselves and dish their rivals, the creation of the rival ASCAP and BMI companies to capitalise on royalty payments for broadcasts, with the arrival of records and radio, and the ill-treatment of those who actually made the music on which it all depended. If you have any interest in the development of popular music, you should read it.
And it is very very readable, as Mr N-B's books always are: though packed with information, it is no dry weighty tome, but is a jolly rollicking read.
I have recently finished reading Simon Napier-Bell's marvelous romp through the evolution of the music business, how business shaped the choices we make, and those choices the business.. and society. He reveals the undercurrents which formed the industry - such as (for example) the monopolization of the music publishing world from the get-go by jews and how they were not interested in the sexual orientation or colour of who produced the goods for them, thus creating an industry far more tolerant and inclusive than any other.. and thus taste and role models are allowed to form. Significant social evolution under the patronage of simple avarice. Wonderful! (like the man himself :p) Buy it and be clear eyed.
In a world where pluggery is king maybe I should stress this is a genuine review !
As a music business contemporary of SNB although our paths , business or social very rarely crossed, It seems guess my knowledge of 'the business' from the 60's onwards is about the same as his and most of those mentioned are well known to me.
Actually also starting in the sixties I became business partners with some well established Swedes (publishers/record company owners) and through them was lucky enough to meet, and sometimes work with many of those mentioned in the earlier-pre 60's - sections of the book.
So I know enough to recommend it unreservedly.
As with SNB's earlier books the style is easy and very readable. There's a huge amount of history and background in here and so on occasions it careers on a bit relentlessly.... but invariably that's setting the scene or providing the background to a another significantly happy step in the industry of human happiness.
I do take issue with his very clear statement that the first club DJ's were in NY in '64/'65 -Sybils and the Sanctuary....Terry Noel and Francis Grasso.
Come on Simon, lets go back to very early sixties. What about the Twisted Wheel, Millionaire and many more in Manchester, Sheffield, London or Club Voom Voom in St Tropez or Johns in Rome.
Just around the corner from De Hems pub in Macclesfield Street just off London 's Shaftsbury Avenue where the entire music industry (and various Kray brothers) would liquid lunch daily there were shops selling twin decks as far back as 1962.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
well packed, received early and an excellent read, so much so, that I will probably order other books that Simon has publishedPublished 4 months ago by COLIN PAGE
This was bought as an Xmas gift for a friend who is in the music business and tells of all the shenanigans that goes on behind closed doors. He absolutely loves it.Published 5 months ago by ScoobyDoo1989
Terrific, very informative book. Amazingly well researched. Whizzes along at a good pace too. Much recommended for insights into the business of popular music. Read morePublished 8 months ago by William Lewis
This book gives a real in depth look at the history of music through the last fifty plus years. It also gives a great insight into the glorious and not so glorious world of music... Read morePublished 10 months ago by MR MARK J PEDDER
Simon Napier_Bell knows what he is talking about, if you read his book so will you.Published 10 months ago by Jackie Jenner
A fantastic history of music publishing and one of the best books I've read on how the business works. Beautiful detail, great storytelling.Published 14 months ago by Zaploosh