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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (51 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tommy Mottola Narrator: Chazz Palminteri Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781611135466
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Much has been written about Tommy Mottola, one of the most powerful, visionary, and successful executives in the history of the music industry. He discovered, developed, and launched the careers of many superstars, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Gloria Estefan, and is credited with creating the “Latin Explosion.” He has had the privilege of working alongside Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, and Ozzy Osbourne, among other music giants. This is his story—a story of the modern music industry, from Elvis to the iPod—through the eyes of the man who made much of it happen.

Hitmaker recounts how a kid from the Bronx—and a college dropout—became one of the music industry’s most creative and controversial CEOs. For the first time, Tommy lays bare the facts behind the most sensational aspects of his life, such as being married to and developing the career of Mariah Carey, managing Michael Jackson’s emotional ups and downs, and the power struggle with his onetime boss and mentor Walter Yetnikoff. Hitmaker will take you inside this world of power, money, and fame as he recounts the fascinating dealings with countless icons and what it was like to be at the top when the business suddenly changed.

Tommy’s story is one that will never be duplicated—and here it is, in his own voice, for the first time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tommy knows what it’s like to be hungry. He’s a rock and roll animal, and he’s a street guy. He had that fire in the belly. You’re not gonna keep a guy like that down. He thrives on adversity.”

    Billy Joel

  • “I’ve met a few legends in my life, and Tommy Mottola is one of them. What Tommy did, in my opinion, is change the landscape of music and the music business. He made the music business more fun, less corporate, more maverick…He was a catalyst in making me think about things differently and it changed the course of my life. He understands star power, making superstars, and globalization.”

    Simon Cowell

  • “Tommy’s a smart guy, he’s creative, and he’s got street smarts, and he did it! It’s one of those classic American success stories, coming out of a neighborhood like the Bronx, you just do it, you make it and you’re able to become the CEO of Sony. I was proud of him.”

    Robert De Niro

  • “Tommy became a huge part of my life and my career. He’s a guru. He knows what he’s doing. No one had as much to do with the success of the music business as Tommy. He has created more superstars than anyone else. All these amazing artists with such great catalogs, it all had to do with Tommy.”

    Jennifer Lopez

  • “Launching an artist’s career, creating the aura that someone special is about to come on the scene, and then taking it to each separate level where they become not only national stars but international stars, with uniqueness and a special aura, Tommy did that extremely well.”

    Clive Davis

  • “Tommy Mottola’s got guts and balls of steel. When the whole world said no to the Chicago soundtrack, Tommy said yes. The album won a Grammy and sold four and a half million copies. So much for the naysayers.”

    Harvey Weinstein

  • “[Chazz Palmintieri’s] narration complements the story, with its blunt but heartfelt tone, as he recounts Mottola’s rise from his humble origins as a teenager awed by Elvis to his pivotal role in the careers of such modern-day music legends as Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, and Mariah Carey.”


  • “Mottola affects a conversational style steeped in the flavors of his Bronx origins…Business students will find his insiders’ view valuable and his street smarts charming.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reyzhon Domingo | 11/18/2013

    " It was cool. a little bit too much about Mariah Carey. Great for anyone thinking about going into the music business. It was nice for an autobiography. Tommy T is THE MAN! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathlene Rosier | 8/11/2013

    " My true rating is about 3.5. Fun to get the behind the scenes. Some of it dragged a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 6/6/2013

    " I can't say much except I read it, I enjoyed and in a few months I'll probably forget it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tony Florentino | 2/23/2013

    " A little self-centered (shocking!), but some cool insight into the cruelties of the music biz from a guy who lived it. And ran it. And whiffed on the whole digital thing. But a must read for anyone who's into music! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/31/2013

    " I terrific look back in time & change of the music industry! Mottola truly is a music legend! "

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About the Author

Tommy Mottola is one of the highest-profile executives in the history of the music industry. He is credited with discovering and guiding the careers of many of the world’s most iconic music artists. Starting as a musician and an Epic Records recording artist at the age eighteen, he returned twenty years later to run that very company as Sony Music Entertainment’s global CEO. In his tenure, he is credited with tripling the company’s revenue, selling an estimated 8 billion CDs and generating more than $65 billion in sales. Tommy now heads the Mottola Media Group, a global entertainment and media company in New York City. He resides in New York City with his wife, Thalia, and their two young children, Sabrina and Matthew, and close by are his two older children, Sarah and Michael.