The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen, and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerc e

The Mansion on the Hill Dylan Young Geffen Springsteen and the Head on Collision of Rock and Commerc e In on the brink of the British Invasion the music business in America shunned rock and roll There was no rock press no such thing as artist management literally no rock and roll business Today
  • Title: The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen, and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerc e
  • Author: Fred Goodman
  • ISBN: 9780679743774
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1964, on the brink of the British Invasion, the music business in America shunned rock and roll There was no rock press, no such thing as artist management literally no rock and roll business Today the industry will gross over 20 billion How did this change happen From the moment Pete Seeger tried to cut the power at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival debut of Bob DyIn 1964, on the brink of the British Invasion, the music business in America shunned rock and roll There was no rock press, no such thing as artist management literally no rock and roll business Today the industry will gross over 20 billion How did this change happen From the moment Pete Seeger tried to cut the power at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival debut of Bob Dylan s electric band, rock s cultural influence and business potential have been grasped by a rare assortment of ambitious and farsighted musicians and businessmen Jon Landau took calls from legendary producer Jerry Wexler in his Brandeis dorm room and went on to orchestrate Bruce Springsteen s career Albert Grossman s cold eyed assessment of the financial power at his clients fingertips made him the first rock manager to blaze the trail that David Geffen transformed into a superhighway Dylan s uncanny ability to keep his manipulation of the business separate from his art and reputation prefigured the savvy and increasingly cynical professionalism of groups like the Eagles.Fred Goodman, a longtime rock critic and journalist, digs into the contradictions and ambiguities of a generation that spurned and sought success with equal fervor The Mansion on the Hill, named after a song title used by Hank Williams, Neil Young, and Bruce Springsteen, breaks new ground in our understanding of the people and forces that have shaped the music.From the Hardcover edition.
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    2 thoughts on “The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen, and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerc e

    1. Fred Goodman Is a well-known author, some of his books are a fascination for readers like in the The Mansion on the Hill: Dylan, Young, Geffen, Springsteen, and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Commerc e book, this is one of the most wanted Fred Goodman author readers around the world.

    2. A great read The blurb on the paperback re peering behind the curtain to see the wizard minus all of his trappings drapery is spot on It s not a view of rock roll I really wanted to see, but it s fascinating nonetheless Goodman has done a tremendous amount of research in pulling this story together Even amazingly, he keeps several strands going simultaneously growth of record labels as big business growth of local club circuits to encompass arenas stadiums international tours growth of the mana [...]

    3. Good, but not great I enjoyed the parts on the interaction between artists, producers, agents, and record labels As long as there was a tie between the end product and the business side, the material was interesting At times, Goodman got away from that and was talking purely about the business side, especially in the David Geffen chapters Those chapters were a drag Goodman sees Geffen as being very different than Albert Grossman because Grossman really cared that his artists were able to say wha [...]

    4. Apasionante y detallada cr nica de un fen meno viejo como el mundo, es decir, otro movimiento bohemio absorbido por el establishment En este caso, como los valores de rebeld a, oposici n al orden establecido y libertad art stica del folk norteamericano de los a os cincuenta y sesenta, fueron adoptadas por el rock underground de finales de esa d cada y como este rock fue progresivamente comercializado por las grandes disqueras, Warner a la cabeza por desesperaci n b sicamente, era apostar por el [...]

    5. Yep this book was excellent It does a good job of walking the middle line between too much about individual people and what they ate for breakfast versus impersonal generalizations of entire industries That is good.David Geffen, wow Went from the mailroom at an NYC talent agency to if you trust the suggestions this book makes Clinton and 1990s Democrats kingmaker billionaire Good on him Oh and he made the Eagles and Guns Roses along the way.I thought the book would dwell on Springsteen than it [...]

    6. Mostly unflattering portrayal of rock giants David geffen, Jon landau, mike appel, Springsteen, and myriad others though both Dylan and young don t get the level of attention that these guys get and come out looking a bit better It s not a slam fest exactly though David geffen might disagree but it clearly has an agenda, that rock and business do not work well together and the business ends up running the rock Clearly, many of these guys are full of contradictions and some might call them hypocr [...]

    7. 4 stars Excellent depiction of the rise of the business side of rock and roll, starting with early 60s folk, Dylan, Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, CSNY, and others I listened obsessively to in the early 70s The best parts of the book concern the interplay of managers, agents, and producers with the bands themselves Frankly, the most boring passages deal with the rise of the record companies and the men who made and exploited them Overall, it s a very satisfying read about the business u [...]

    8. Really interesting read Essentially it s the same story as the rise of player power in professional sports, and the agents who facilitated this change While I have little interest in the specific artists used Dylan, Springsteen, Jackson Browne, the whole Asylum label yawnfest, etc apart from the MC5, it was still a very interesting read through one take on the evolution of rock music as a business.

    9. Well written book if you re interested on the business side of music over the years For someone who doesn t care much for Springsteen s music, the second half of the book was still a page turner.

    10. This book makes me feel like I m the artist getting screwed, not the businessman doing the screwing It made me feel like I have no eye for the business at all, but I guess what I really am seeing is that I do not have the business mind of David Geffen Goodness, his schemery works on a unique level The book is indeed a commerce of rock book and should probably be in a class based around that somewhere.And the names in the title should probably really be Dylan, Grossman, Young, Geffen, Springsteen [...]

    11. How do rockers get to be stars Mostly they come under the wing of someone who understands the business This book is a fascinating look at the ascent of the big acts I ve enjoyed over the years What turned a couple of ambitious young songwriters into the mega platinum Eagles How did an introverted, talented, songwriter become the institution of Bruce Springsteen We learn the inside story on these and many, many .There are many intertwined threads in this book but the main threads are the careers [...]

    12. Well documented take on how rock n roll went from rebellion to just another commercial product, and in record time Goodman takes some shots at how some of my heroes remodeled their image with help from very smart, commercial minded managers to become commercially successful He particularly bears down on Jon Landau, Bruce Springsteen s manager, and Dave Marsh, a biographer who become pretty much just a publicity man for Springsteen.Nicely told, interesting if you follow popular music and recogni [...]

    13. Aaahhh, no Don t shatter my romantic dreams about the Holy Artist I admit to having been a na ve hippie for a long time Mansion on the Hill offers a revealing backstage view of a business we all love to see only the showroom of Would there have been the Bob we all know without Albert Grossman The Janis Joplin It must have been thrilling to have been a successful artist in the eye of the cultural hurricane that was the sixties and seventies An era in which it was possible to have relentless busin [...]

    14. Mansion is a selective account of how Rock n Roll and became entwisted with one another I say it is a selective account because Goodman could have used all sorts of examples to show this but interestingly chose a few characters who together represent a much larger picture As I saw it, Geffen represented the biz man, out there for the money, though he preached otherwise Dylan is the guy who likes the money, but no one saw that coming Springsteen sort of merges these two and keeps himself honest a [...]

    15. A fairly intersting look at the music business from a business standpoint The book tells how rock and roll went from a nearly cottage industry to a huge business I think I expected about the musicians than the men behind the scenes and how they all got rich off someone else s talent I am not surprised that some of the musicians wanted to get rich, power to you if you can use your talent and hard work to make lots of money David Geffen and Jon Landeau might have made lots of money, but the musi [...]

    16. This book chronicles the rise of the music business from a spattering of underground, counterculture groups into a multi billion dollar industry Most of the individuals highlighted in the book were determined to make money and often appear to be in the right place at the right time While the book may not have the most positive and rewarding message about the success of these individuals, it is an insightful and truthful expose into the behind the scenes deals that were made to create music stars [...]

    17. A thorough and well researched book stretching from the early 60s with Bob Dylan and the folk movement through the mid to late nineties and the formation of Dreamworks SKG There are a lot of names dropped and background stories of both recording industry executives and players and recording artists Bruce Springsteen, David Geffen, Ray Riepen, Neil Young and personalities Geffen, Atlantic, Capitol, Warner Brothers, MCA and record labels If a reader is looking for a good, comprehensive history o [...]

    18. Perhaps these ideas were controversial when this book was first published and in that respect it may be a groundbreaking work However, the concept that rock stars get rich despite the values they espouse in their work isn t big news these days The origin of the underground folk scene in Boston, Grossman s relationship with Dylan, and Springsteen s rise to fame are the most interesting portions to me Aside from that, most of the other info can be found in other books, with far friendlier narrati [...]

    19. The downhill of rock n roll The rock n roll manager as an accountant The rock n roll manager only interested in percentage The rock n roll manager who likes to live in Laurel Canyon or Malibu In other words they don t care for rock n roll culture, in fact they just want to buy culture wholesale Depressing people, but an interesting book And I don t even want to start never mind

    20. Written before THE RISING, this book is pretty rough on Springsteen with a fairly cliched thesis that gasp he s not the populist he claims to be at least he can t be if he made 150 million of BORN IN THE USA Or something like that The Young chapters are original if only because NY is mercurial and mercurial may be a synonym for self indulgent, depending on how you feel about The Neil.

    21. I can t believe how many reviews of this book say it s disillusioning To be disillusioned by it you would have to be a wide eyed folkie, and this would have to be 1963 I picked it up on a whim at Abebooks for a dollar, so the fact that I wasn t intrigued enough to finish it isn t really the book s fault it appears to be meticulously researched and decently written.

    22. Did you ever wonder how and who made all the money in the pop music scene Well, this book will tell you about several From the early 60 s up to the 80 s you ll meet the players and see how opportunity and chutzpah made multimillionaires Just keep all the names straight, if possible.

    23. If you ve ever felt like you needed ammunition to hate on David Geffen ,Which, okay, maybe someone who isn t Jackson Browne or the Eagles might need ,This is the book for you, I guess Good story of the music industry of the 70s, though.

    24. Lots of great information on Albert Grossman aka the derogatory Cumulus Nimbus , who was Bob Dylans brilliant manager In my opinion, he s the ideal artist manager there but not there, in everything but not in the way.

    25. A look at the rock music industry from about 1960 and the folk revival, through the early 90s and the rock that came out of it Lots of people screwing each other A fair amount of rock gossip and origins, too.

    26. I really liked this one, excellent reporting and food for thought should be recommended reading for anyone interested in American History because, well, rock and roll Only here comes a new spin on the old tune.

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