Larry Harris/Jeff Suhs/Curt Gooch : The Inside Story of Casablanca Records Paperback
Now it can be told! The true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity.
Casablanca was not a product of the 1970s, it was the 1970s.
From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era of narcissism and druggy gluttony was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart. "And Party Every Day" is a frontline look at the record label that exploded onto the 1970s music scene, rising faster, burning brighter, and crashing in a more spectacular fashion than any other label in history.
From Bogart's daring first signing, the positively pyrotechnic "Kiss", through the discovery and superstardom of Donna Summer and the Village People - not to mention extraterrestrial funk master George Clinton and his circus of freaks, Parliament Funkadelic - to the descent into the manic world of disco and its attendant vices, this book charts Bogart's meteoric success and eventual collapse under the weight of uncontrolled ego and hype.
A compelling tale of ambition, greed, excess, and some of the era's most biggest music acts. Written with great candour and humour by Larry Harris, Casablanca's co-founder and former senior vice president and managing director, "And Party Every Day" is the only definitive and firsthand look at Casablanca's remarkable story, and a breathtaking view of that great American era of extravagance.
It includes dozens of never-before-seen photos and a complete discography.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 310 pages, two black and white inserts
- Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
- Publication Date: 22/10/2009
- Category: Music
- ISBN: 9780879309824
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Review by Chris177
Larry Harris’ book is one third music history book, one third business book and one third 1970’s pop culture book. I enjoyed this book very much and found it an important read. If you are interested in any of the three topics I highly recommend it. The book is easy and exciting to read and I found that I did not want to stop reading. Mr. Harris’ book flowed well and I was left wanting more, which was satisfied because the book is enhanced by many YouTube videos online.