Bumping Into Geniuses

Bumping Into Geniuses

My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business

Book - 2008
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A giant of the music industry grants an all-access pass to the world of rock and roll, with mesmerizing stories of thirty-five years spent working with legends from Led Zeppelin, to Stevie Nicks, to Nirvana.

Danny Goldberg has been a hugely influential figure in the world of rock and roll. He did PR for Led Zeppelin; he managed the career of Nirvana; he ran Atlantic Records, Mercury Records, and Warner Bros. Records; he launched Stevie Nicks’s solo career. In Bumping into Geniuses , Goldberg shares his stories about performers who represent a broad and powerful portion of the psychic real estate of the rock and roll kingdom: Patti Smith, Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen, KISS, Kurt Cobain and Nirvana, Hole, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Led Zeppelin, and more.

But there’s more to this story than just Goldberg’s varied career. It’s also a look at the industry itself: a business that was neither the romantic vehicle for self-expression that its most naive fans imagined, nor the purely crass money machine depicted by its most cynical critics. It was complex and chaotic—a mixture of art and commerce, idealism and selfishness—and sometimes, rock’s most gifted and influential musicians were able to transcend it all.

For anyone interested in the rock and roll industry, or simply the mores and temperaments of the musicians themselves, Bumping into Geniuses is an incredible insider’s tale that only Goldberg could tell.
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, c2008.
ISBN: 9781592403707
Branch Call Number: 781.66 Goldberg 09/2008
Characteristics: x, 307 p. ;,24 cm.


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Oct 01, 2015

Good background and insight into artists he worked with. Disappointed on research done before publishing, as an insider in the business he incorrectly names the wrong drummer (page 266) for Derek and the Dominoes. Makes you wonder about other facts in the book.
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Feb 16, 2011

He spent time with Led Zeppelin and Kiss and Bruce Springsteen and Kurt Cobain and Warren Zevon and this is what he comes up with? Big disappointment.


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