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Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay : The Dodgy Business of Popular Music (Paperback) (Simon Napier-bell)
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Let legendary rock manager Simon Napier-Bell take you inside the (dodgy) world of popular music, not just a creative industry, but a business that has made people rich beyond their wildest dreams. He balances seductive anecdotes—pulling back the curtain on the gritty and absurd side of the industry—with an insightful exploration of the relationship between creativity and money. This book describes the evolution of the industry from 1713, the year parliament granted writers ownership over what they wrote, to today, when a global industry is controlled by just three major players: Sony, Universal and Warner. Inside you will uncover some little-known facts about the industry, including how a formula for writing hit songs in the 1900s helped create 50,000 of the best-known songs of all time; how infighting in the American pre-war music industry shut down traditional radio and created an opening for country music, race records and rock'n'roll; how Jewish immigrants and black jazz musicians dancing cheek-to-cheek created a template for all popular music that followed; and how rock tours became the biggest, quickest, sleaziest and most profitable ventures the music industry has ever seen. After readingTa-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay, you'll never listen to music in the same way again.
Number of Pages: 386
Sub-Genre: History + Criticism, Genres + Styles / Rock
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Author: Simon Napier-bell
Street Date: April 1, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-15-4018
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