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And Party Every Day: The Inside Story of Casablanca Records [Englisch] [Gebundene Ausgabe]

Larry Harris , Curt Gooch , Jeff Suhs

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22. Oktober 2009
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.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Highly Recommended 28. Oktober 2009
Von E. Dvorin - Veröffentlicht auf
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I heard about AND PARTY EVERY DAY earlier this year and have been waiting for it ever since. I got my copy the other day and was blown away. I had some high expectations and they were all surpassed a mile.

The book is full of stories about Casablanca's wild parties (the money and drugs flying around the place were just did these guys not get arrested?) and their very high profile acts like Donna Summer, The Village People, and Kiss. I thought I knew a lot about Casablanca Records, but I didn't. The book is very well written and even though it's full of details, it's very easy to read, and very hard to put down.

I enjoyed learning about the business side of the music industry, but I was just adddicted to the feeling it gives you of being right there when it was all happening. You feel transported into the 1970s and I was rooting for Neil Bogart the whole way through and found myself thrilled when the label broke through and cringing at all their mistakes.

I've always been a big fan of the 1970s and have read a ton of books and articles about it, but AND PARTY EVERY DAY is the first time I've felt like I was actually there. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Rocking The Casbah 10. Februar 2010
Von Tim Brough - Veröffentlicht auf
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If you were into popular music in the seventies, you knew Casablanca. Started in 1973 by Neil Bogart, Casablanca became the house of Disco and the home of KISS. They also became synonymous with the drug fueled excesses of the seventies and the triumph of image over substance, despite the fact that the label delivered some of the best music of the decade. Hell, Casablanca was the seventies for many in the music world. Head Honcho Neil Bogart was a talent finder extraordinaire and a showman on a level with PT Barnum. No claim was too exaggerated and no gesture was too grandiose. It was once said that he would spend five dollars to show one dollar in profit, and when Casablanca ultimately fell under its own weight, a certain magic of the music industry evaporated with it. Author Larry Harris worked at Buddah/Kama Sutra Records in the summer of 1971, and in 1973 joined his cousin Neil Bogart in founding Casablanca Records. He saw firsthand the carnival of wilding that was Casablanca, and it's his first hand story that fuels "And Party Every Day."

While there are plenty of anecdotal stories about Casablanca's biggest stars, like initial signing Kiss and superstars Donna Summer and The Village People, the bulk of "And Party Every Day" focuses on how a young Neil Bogart took his idea for an artist driven record company and built his empire from the ground up. Larry starts the story with a reminiscence of being at Woodstock and realizing he's found his place in the world, then joining Neil in his dream. Along the way the two of them make millions of dollars, spend even more, give the world Kiss, Parliament, Angel and cover the globe with Disco.

But there's also the seamier side of egos, drugs, industry politics and manipulations. The decision to release the four solo albums by the members of Kiss and ship over a million copies of each that started the beginning of the end of Casablanca and the behind the scenes battles that caused it. The fudging of figures and the turf wars. Greed, excess and flamboyance. The world of Casablanca Records and Filmworks was both magic and the crazy tale of the man behind the curtain, and Harris does a terrific job in making it readable. Casablanca not only was a record and entertainment company, it was a universe unto itself. "And Party Every Day" takes you on a time machine when music people not only made and sold the music, they sold the dream along with it. It makes me miss the dream, miss the people that built it, makes me wish they were my friends. And I wasn't even there.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I was there and it's all true 18. Dezember 2010
Von Dennis Wilen - Veröffentlicht auf
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I knew Larry Harris back then, and lost touch with him until last month, when we found each other on Facebook and he told me out this history of his cousin Neil Bogart and Casablanca Records.

His outrageous stories of girls and drugs and booze and cash and payola and the Mob -- all true.

Neil's pad high above LaCienega Boulevard? I stayed there at Casablanca's expense on a Los Angeles vacation. I was a radio programmer for a very important rock FM station.

The crazy goings on at the Buddah >>> Casablanca office in NYC? Been there, done that. Sold a bunch of jazz albums to Joe Fields, who I fondly remember.

Michael Klenfner stories? All true, both his radio days and promo days. I remember when he came to Philly and showed off his hot-off-the assembly-lines Honda Civic which was only a little bigger than today's Smart cars.

The huge Klenfner in the little car smelled just like circus clowns.

Larry's description of the teeny Casablanca office above Sunset is perfect. It looked they furnished the joint with props from Warner Brothers.

Roys Chinese restaurant on the other side of Sunset with the notorious private room? Yesirree bob.

The book names some great names -- George Gerrity, Jerry Stevens, Larry Magid; and others not so great: Artie Ripp, for example, and Bucky Rheingold.

If you read Joe Smith's "Hit Men," stories of promo guys with guns are not new to you. I was threatened by the guy Joe accurately describes as carrying a photo of a "dead gook" in his wallet to intimidate people.

Not Larry or Neal. They were all about the love. Little packets of love.

I ended up quitting the record business in the early 1980s after a final career peak that found me way up in the 9000 Sunset Building, looking down on the Roxy.

Larry stayed in a lot longer and has lots more stories.

True stories.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Party 31. Oktober 2009
Von Kevin Killian - Veröffentlicht auf
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No one in this book gets out alive, or so it seems, for Larry Harris and his co-writers have the scoop on everyone whether high or low, and most of them were quite high during the Casablanca years.

From a business point of view, the revelations here are mainly about hos the company never was successful, despite a milliondollar promo campaign and a lot of money juggling on Harris' part. he was ordered to cook the sales figures for PolyGram to show many more sales of Casablanca products than actually occurred; this despite the fact that the returns would be coming in constantly to contradict his lies. Harris seems to think this is a standard business practice, but for his sake I hope the statute of limitations on fraud will prevent them from carting his butt to hail like Bernie Madoff! Neil Bogart characterized the Casablanca years as a time of "profitless prosperity," and that seems apt.

I enjoyed hearing how a group of Brooklyn-born salesmen with great ears for what would sell turned the industry on its ear by making a commitment to disco, or all things. The discovery of Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer is an amazing story, but even the flops of Casablanca have their charm. Take for example the signing of "Stallion." Ever heard of them? They were going to be Casablanca's answer to the Eagles, but when Harris asked their Svengali to make them sound more like the Eagles, he should have known right away it wasn't going to fly, since the producer genuinely puzzled, asked, "Who are the Eagles"?

The Village People and Kiss are the other big names here, but every page has a good story about someone, usually revolving around "blow." "Blow" allowed Larry Harris, one of the plainest men in show business, to live the Hugh Hefner lifestyle with a revolving cast of available and beautiful Hollywood starlets. Thus he was living every man's dream, and never had to look at a mirror throughout the entire 70s. Go, Larry, go!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen accurate and enjoyable description of music industry in the 70s and 80s! 18. Juni 2012
Von HB Fan - Veröffentlicht auf
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As someone who was in the music industry in the 70s and 80s, I can tell you that Larry's description of those times as an insider is accurate and pulls no punches. Those were amazing times and Larry's memory is excellent, as he weaves stories and anecdotes, information and insights. Neil Bogart's life deserves a movie, and this book could make a great movie...and perhaps someday soon it will! Meanwhile, if you are a disco fan, a Kiss fan, or just a fan/student of the music industry, this is one terrific book. And--- the audio book is super, read by Larry himself!
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