The Mansion on the Hill by Fred Goodman
Dylan, Young, Geffen, and Springsteen and the Head-on Collision of Rock and Comm erce

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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 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.

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Fred Goodman is a writer specializing in the music and entertainment business. From 1987 to 1990 he was a senior editor at Rolling Stone, where he is now a contributing editor. He has written for The New York Times, Vanity Fair, GQ, M, and The Village Voice. He lives in White Plains, New York.From the Hardcover edition.
Published January 1, 1997 by Random House. 431 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography, Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Goodman, a music and entertainment reporter with credits from Rolling Stone and the New York Times, doesn't blow the lid off the big-money machinations behind the music of rebellion--he lifts the cover and carefully reveals the personalities and motivations of the industry giants behind rock's su...

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Goodman, a former editor at Rolling Stone, follows the transformation of rock from music with a conscience to a multi-billion-dollar business dominated by opportunistic men. Early rockers, Goodman say

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It used to be 'Let's make music, money is a by-product.' Then it becomes 'Let's make money, music is a by-product.''' Mansion on the Hill, named for the title of a song covered by Hank Williams, Young, and Springsteen, is a mesmerizing read, especially for those who already know the len...

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Although the selling of records had always been about money, the fact that Dylan, America's premier folk artiste, turned up the volume would inspire a new generation of performers, as well as the dollar-hungry record labels, agents and promoters soon to court them.

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