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How do you land a sweet six-figure marketing gig at the hallowed record label known for having signed everyone from Led Zeppelin to Stone Temple Pilots? You start with a resume like Dan Kennedy's:

• Dressed up as a member of Kiss every Halloween
• Memorized Led Zeppelin IV at age ten
• Fronted a lip-sync band in junior high
• Worked as a college DJ while he was a college drop-out

In his outrageous memoir, McSweeney's contributor Kennedy chronicles his misadventures at a major record label. Whether he's directing a gangsta rapper's commercial or battling his punk roots to create an ad campaign celebrating the love songs of Phil Collins, Kennedy's in way over his head. And from the looks of those sitting around the boardroom, he's not alone.

Egomaniacs, wackos, incompetents, and executive assistants who know more than their seven-figure bosses round out this power-ballad to office life and rock and roll.
Published: Workman eBooks on
ISBN: 9781565126497
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There is one transcendent passage in this book, where the author attends an Iggy Pop concert. Pick it up for that, the rest is dross. Self-consciously arch and constantly reaching for a postmodern hip ironic remove, it succeeds instead in painting a too-accurate picture of what reality TV has given us in lieu of interesting books.more
This book was funny, although not quite as funny his second book Loser Goes First. Dan Kennedy tells us what his brief stint at a recording label was like. He works in a corporate office on music that he isn't really that interested in. His job is creating commercials for the albums the label is producing. The funniest parts deal with his attempts to fit into the corporate culture of the label. Don't let the bizarre cover of this book throw you off. If you into American rock music, you'll enjoy all the references he throws in.more
Great book. Hilarious inside view of the evils of the music business. I really enjoy the way Dan Kennedy writes, it is a lot of fun to read.more
I enjoyed this book, and the honesty of the author. Sometimes the humor seemed a bit forced, but it was often hilarious.more
Very entertaining book. It doesn't give out any 'business' secrets but he tells a great story. Be sure to read the reading group guide it's totaly hilarious. To give you an idea of the flavour of the book here is the 'suggested furhter reading' - the bathroom wall at the Continental, according to Pat Carpenter, Flyers on telephone poles, Fine print on the contract, A decent map.more
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There is one transcendent passage in this book, where the author attends an Iggy Pop concert. Pick it up for that, the rest is dross. Self-consciously arch and constantly reaching for a postmodern hip ironic remove, it succeeds instead in painting a too-accurate picture of what reality TV has given us in lieu of interesting books.more
This book was funny, although not quite as funny his second book Loser Goes First. Dan Kennedy tells us what his brief stint at a recording label was like. He works in a corporate office on music that he isn't really that interested in. His job is creating commercials for the albums the label is producing. The funniest parts deal with his attempts to fit into the corporate culture of the label. Don't let the bizarre cover of this book throw you off. If you into American rock music, you'll enjoy all the references he throws in.more
Great book. Hilarious inside view of the evils of the music business. I really enjoy the way Dan Kennedy writes, it is a lot of fun to read.more
I enjoyed this book, and the honesty of the author. Sometimes the humor seemed a bit forced, but it was often hilarious.more
Very entertaining book. It doesn't give out any 'business' secrets but he tells a great story. Be sure to read the reading group guide it's totaly hilarious. To give you an idea of the flavour of the book here is the 'suggested furhter reading' - the bathroom wall at the Continental, according to Pat Carpenter, Flyers on telephone poles, Fine print on the contract, A decent map.more
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