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And Party Every Day

By: Larry Harris,Curt Gooch,Jeff Suhs
Narrated by: Larry Harris
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Publisher's Summary

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 was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart. From his daring first signing of Kiss, through the discovery and superstardom of Donna Summer, Village People, and funk master George Clinton and his circus of freaks—Parliament-Funkadelic—to the descent into the manic world of disco, this book charts Bogart’s meteoric success and eventual collapse under the weight of uncontrolled ego and hype. It is a compelling tale of ambition, greed, excess, and some of the era’s biggest music acts.

©2009 Larry Harris (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

“The book contains detailed evidence of the chaotic manipulation of the music charts in the wild days before computer scanning. This fell mostly under Harris’ purview, and he offers fascinating insight on what these legendary ‘promo men’ did back in the day.” ( L.A. Weekly)

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This audio book was superb in my opinion.

I’ve always enjoyed the artists,and music that happened to come through Casablanca Records. Donna Summer, The Village People, Kiss, Pattie Brooks, Cher, Love, & Kisses. SantaEsmeralda, Parliament etc. The list of artists are so long; I could go on forever. Much of the behind the scenes in regards to the artists is covered in a very raw, and in your face way.
The narrative style is refreshingly unapologetic. This audio book is Juicy, and let’s it all hang out with a kind of a-matter of fact in its delivery to the listener.
Being a huge fan of all kinds of music, and being a big fan of the late Donna Summer I would buy all of her music. The fact that Donna Summers music just happened to be part of the Casablanca music catalog was just a normal reality at the time. Through my love of Donna Summers wonderful Disco hits, I began to check out other artists that came out of Casablanca Records. During that memorable time in my youth; I began to notice that so many of the big hits of that point, and time where coming from Casablanca Records. The music always satisfied my ears, as well as getting my body into the groove.
Casablanca Records always delivered big time!! I kid you not.
If you where a thriving young party animal, as I was during the 70’s and 80’s you’ll know just what I mean. 😜👍
This audio book truly gave my minds eye a clear image of all the behind the scene workings of the Casablanca Record Company, and all of it’s players during its hay day. Mr. Larry Harris narrated this audio book so perfectly that I could almost feel the atmosphere, and mood in each chapter. There is no denying that this audio book was worth my time, and was a true ear full of sweet tidbits on the staff, and artists of Casablanca Records at that time. I had no idea that there was so much more to Casablanca Record Company, and that so much was going on behind the scene. This audio book takes the listener from the infancy of Casablanca Records to Casablanca Records 21st Century style, and it’s change of hands. One thing is certain as far as I’m concerned.; this Audiobook was truly enjoyable. And Party Every Day: The inside story of Casablanca Records delivered hours of entertainment.
I simply loved it!!

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Fascinating

Being a child of the seventies, and a huge KISS fan for most of my life, this book is great. A lot of background, behind the scenes stuff that we fans didn't know, told by a guy who lived it.

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A KISS Fan From The 70s

If I wasn’t a huge KISS fan from the 70s I never would have listened to more than 20 minutes of the book.

But I was and so I stuck with it until the end.

You’ll gain some insights into the behind the scenes of KISS, Donna Summer, The Village People and many others.

You’ll hear about the excessive drug use, some details of the record business and that Neil Bogart had a vision and commitment to grow a company but the inability to really lead one to amazing heights. Let’s face it, it’s a tough business.

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KISS fan

I am a huge KISS fan and it was really neat to hear the history of the record company that took a chance on them, even while the record company itself was in its infancy

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A great historical story

This should be curriculum for music schools and start up record labels. Great book from start to finish.

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Kinda boring

Not a lot of fun or intrigue. It’s just a literal list of specifics on how a record company works with some name dropping.

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A blue print on Chasing Dreams

I knew this label from Kiss and Diana Ross I was puzzled as to what happened to Casablanca - It’s a crazy , innovative, and inspiring… a must read no matter what music you like, this gives a large view of dreamers and reality!

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An enjoyable look inside Casablanca Records

In 1977 I recorded my first rock ‘n’ roll album Bonita which wasn’t released partly due to Casablanca Records and their disco music dominion over many of the night clubs. Despite my disdain for Casablanca Records and prejudice against disco music I really enjoyed this book by one of the key members of Casablanca. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good look inside the machinations of a 20th century record company.

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Rock &Roll all night - WHAT A RIDE!

I loved it! The performance is excellent and the inside stories superb. Get it! It's a hell of a ride.

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Great listen

One of the best music industry books I've ever listened to or read. Excellent! RIP Larry Harris

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  • Linda T
  • 10-23-22

Superb

Brilliant book. Very nostalgic. Reminding you off singers from the 70’s especially.Donna summer,Cher and many more. Definitely recommend

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  • Gavin Banks
  • 08-09-22

Party?

If 'party every day' means describing capitalism as it pertains to the music industry then yes, let's party. It's not a party that I'd like to be invited to though. Most of the narrative is based around climbing the greasy pole of money making - not about the charms or the art and creativity of music and all that could engender. Shame.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-02-22

A real insight into the record industry

A real enjoyable book, at times too many names and radio stations to remember, but overall a brilliant listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-23-22

Recommended

Great story and well read by the author . An enjoyable insight into the seventies and all it’s excesses