Publishers Weekly, 1986-07-18 Music journalist Garfield, who writes for London's Time Out, charges that the music industry likes dumb chatter about its product but not public knowledge of chart fixing, profits, artist rip-offs and the true nature of the company-artist and artist-management relationship. His subjects range from management (the legendary lawsuits that involved the Beatles, the Who and the Kinks in litigation for years) and music publishing to the ``promoters' twilight world'' of manipulation of live entertainment. In a chapter titled ``Hype,'' he explains practices used to boost records to the Top 40 and the ``image creation'' of the Sex Pistols. The stand-out is a lengthy piece on the career of Hazel O'Connor (Breaking Glass, detailing the economics and legal flak behind her ``starry rise and crashing fall.'' This is an illuminating and illusion-shattering book. (August) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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