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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (121 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Yetnikoff Narrator: Walter Yetnikoff Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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During the 1970s and '80s, the music business was dominated by a few major labels and artists such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand and James Taylor. They were all under contract to CBS Records, making it the most successful label of the era. And, as the company's president, Walter Yetnikoff was the ruling monarch. He was also the most flamboyant, volatile, and controversial personality to emerge from an industry and era defined by sex, drugs, and debauchery.

Having risen from working-class Brooklyn and the legal department of CBS, Yetnikoff, who freely admitted to being tone deaf, was an unlikely label head. But he had an uncanny knack for fostering talent and intimidating rivals with his appalling behavior, usually fueled by an explosive combination of cocaine and alcohol. His tantrums, appetite for mind-altering substances, and sexual exploits were legendary. In Japan to meet the Sony executives who acquired CBS during his tenure, Walter was assigned a minder who confined him to a hotel room. True to form, Walter raided the minibar, got blasted, and seeing no other means of escape, opened a hotel window and vented his rage by literally howling at the moon.

In Howling at the Moon, Yetnikoff traces his journey as he climbed the corporate mountain, danced on its summit, and crashed and burned. Reflecting on the sinister cycle that left his career in tatters and CBS flush with cash, Yetnikoff emerges with a hunger for redemption and a new reverence for his working-class Brooklyn roots. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kim | 8/3/2013

    " This book is equivalent to the hair of the dog the morning after when you're still technically drunk "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Heather Rudulph | 7/22/2013

    " Easy, fun read; good rock 'n' roll dish from one of the industry's top enablers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sergio GRANDE films | 11/24/2011

    " The Don Simpson of the music business. One of those original assholes who gave the human race a bad name, Yetnikoff on drugs was just a monster. And he was on drugs almost full-time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bob Frank | 11/4/2011

    " wish it was longer with all the stuff the lawyers told him to take out included "

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