Moguls and Madmen by Jory Farr
The Pursuit of Power in Popular Music

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A backstage, off-the-record look at the music industry and the men who wield the power in today's complex world of rock, rap, country, metal, and alternative rock--a dangerous combination of megabucks, raw nerve, relentless drive, and superegos.
 

About Jory Farr

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Romance author Jayne Ann Krentz was born in Borrego Springs, California on March 28, 1948. She received a B.A. in history from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Masters degree in library science from San Jose State University. Before becoming a full-time author, she worked as a librarian. Her novels include: Truth or Dare, All Night Long, and Copper Beach. She has written under seven different names: Jayne Bentley, Amanda Glass, Stephanie James, Jayne Taylor, Jayne Castle, Amanda Quick and Jayne Ann Krentz. Her first book, Gentle Pirate, was published in 1980 under the name Jayne Castle. She currently uses only three personas to represent her three specialties. She uses the name Jayne Ann Krentz for her contemporary pieces, Amanda Quick for her historical fiction pieces, and Jayne Castle for her futuristic pieces. She has received numerous awards for her work including the 1995 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Trust Me, the 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Falling Awake, the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, the Romantic Times Jane Austen Award, and the Susan Koppelman Award for Feminist Studies for Dangerous Men and Adventurous Women: Romance Writers on the Appeal of the Romance.
 
Published August 1, 1994 by Simon & Schuster. 320 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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In an industry where racism and sexism are rampant, Farr's eight male subjects seem more amoral than immoral, more hooked on the pleasures of power (which Farr rightly sees as a kind of narcissism) than sex.

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Describing his book as a cautionary tale for aspiring musicians, L.A.-based journalist Farr profiles music-industry wheelers and dealers and probes the disjunction between their agendas and those of the artists themselves.

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Entertainment Weekly

Eight short profiles (well, they're not exactly profiles, they're kind of interviews, but they're also kind of biographies, and kind of hatchet jobs as well) of major ''players'' in the music business, the whole is less than the sum of its parts.

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