He opens by describing sex with Jackie Onassis it's a dream, but he is to meet her later that day to talk about him writing a book of his mad life and then his day really begins. There are vodkas, snacks of cocaine and marijuana, a whining phone call from Michael Jackson, smashing two posts of his antique four-poster bed, dealing with the meltdown between the rap outfit Public Enemy and Jewish groups over alleged anti-Semitic comments, Billy Joel and Mick Jagger on the phone, his wife throwing him out, the doctor giving him bad news Quite a day. And pretty typical if his book, subtitled "confessions of a music mogul in an age of excess" is to be believed. Yetnikoff was one of the biggest power players of his generation and presided over a music empire which could do no wrong. Yetnikoff was an outrageous ego in their midst: conniving, ambitious and coked to the eyeballs.
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As drug-crazed, booze-swilling megalomaniacs go, Yetnikoff makes excellent company. During his tenure, when he ruled at the biggest record label in the US, Yetnikoff was considered an unholy terror, a loose cannon, and the most unpredictable of music powerbrokers.
This brisk, uncensored, and often hilarious tragicomic memoir tells how Yetnikoff plunged from the apex of his profession to the cellar riding a tidal wave of alcohol through a blizzard of cocaine. The story moves swiftly from his youth in an abusive Brooklyn household of Polish Jews to his rapid ascent in the business affairs department at CBS Records. Blotto from a constant intake of coke and vodka and incessant womanizing, Yetnikoff careened from one outrageous encounter to another as he racked up hit after hit.
The author winds down after his expulsion from the majors; he gravely details his route to sobriety through his commitment to step work. Doyle offers another lucid, inspiring chronicle of female empowerment and the rewards of self-awareness and renewal. More life reflections from the bestselling author on themes of societal captivity and the catharsis of personal freedom.
In her third book, Doyle Love Warrior , , etc. Some stories merely skim the surface of larger issues, but Doyle revisits them in later sections and digs deeper, using friends and familial references to personify their impact on her life, both past and present.
The demons of traumatic abuse that refused to let me sleep at night—Tylenol PM at age twelve, red wine and Ambien as a grown, scared woman. She reveals the psychological trauma resulting from years of sexual abuse by a family friend, experiences that drew her repeatedly into bad relationships with men, most publicly with ex-husband Nick Lachey.
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Howling At The Moon : The True Story of the Mad Genius of the Music World
Rock stars are often stereotyped as drugged-out, oversexed artists, but Yetnikoff's life story shows how some of the guys behind the scenes party just as hard. With the aid of noted celebrity co Velvel has a certain bombastic charm, and the behind the scenes music biz anecdotes make this worth reading. In the end, though, it's just a prolonged sobriety story from a guy who is self-important In , he was made president, spearheading the operation for fifteen years and creating the most profitable and prestigious stable of artists in music history.
Howling at the Moon: The Odyssey of a Monstrous Music Mogul in an Age of Excess
Mar 02, Minutes Buy. They were all under contract to CBS Records, making it the most successful label of the era. 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.
Howling at the Moon
They were a. They were all under contract to CBS Records, making it the most successful label of the era. 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.
Vodka for breakfast, secretary for lunch, signed the Stones at tea
It is conceivable that the music industry is still a jungle ruled by drug-addled egomaniacs, but certainly none is as dangerous or deranged as Walter Yetnikoff, president of CBS Records from until This was a man who began his day with a glass of vodka and a cigarillo while his barber dyed his beard and stuck cocaine up his nose simultaneously. Yet he presided over the most profitable and prestigious stable of artists of all time. The rest of his time was spent soothing the egos of superstars such as Michael Jackson or Bruce Springsteen, in between screwing his competitors and his secretary. It is as an entertaining, high-grade gossip sheet that this Brooklyn-born Caligula's memoirs function primarily, but they also provide an invaluable account of key stages in the history of the music industry.