Me, the Mob, and the Music

Me, the Mob, and the Music

One Helluva Ride With Tommy James and the Shondells

eBook - 2011 | First Scribner trade pbk. edition
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Now in paperback, after five hardcover printings, Tommy James's wild and entertaining true story of his career--part rock & roll fairytale, part valentine to a bygone era, and part mob epic--that "reads like a music-industry version of Goodfellas " ( The Denver Post ).

Everyone knows the hits: "Hanky Panky," "Mony Mony," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Crimson and Clover," "Crystal Blue Persuasion." All of these songs, which epitomize great pop music of the late 1960s, are now widely used in television and film and have been covered by a diverse group of artists from Billy Idol to Tiffany to R.E.M. Just as compelling as the music itself is the life Tommy James lived while making it.

James tells the incredible story, revealing his complex and sometimes terrifying relationship with Roulette Records and Morris Levy, the legendary Godfather of the music business. Me, the Mob, and the Music is a fascinating portrait of this swaggering, wildly creative era of rock 'n' roll, when the hits kept coming and payola and the strong-arm tactics of the Mob were the norm, and what it was like, for better or worse, to be in the middle of it.
Publisher: New York ; London : Scribner, 2011
Edition: First Scribner trade pbk. edition
ISBN: 9781439142646 (electronic bk.)
1439142645 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK B JAMES
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 227 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Fitzpatrick, Martin 1952-

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Jeffsuke
Nov 20, 2016

Like James music this is a fun read. Nothing too deep yet it is insightful about the music "business".
You could almost say it is a bio on Morris Levy also. Recommended for pop/rock music fans.

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Derringer
Aug 25, 2015

(*Lyrics excerpt*) - "Look over yonder.... What do you see?..... The sun is a-risin'.... Most definitely!"

In the mid-1960s (with such #1, chart-topping hits as "Hanky Panky", "Mony, Mony" and "Crimson And Clover") Tommy James and the Shondells were one of the hottest pop-music sensations-of-the-day in the USA, and beyond. These boys were certainly riding one helluva wave of fan admiration, sold-out concerts and record-breaking album sales.

But behind all of the blinding glitz and glamour of being a bona fide rock star there soon came to light, for Tommy James, a very unsavoury and, yes, threatening presence in his rise to fame. And it came in the name of Morris Levy who (through greed and dishonesty) ran Roulette Records with a ruthless iron fist.

In collaboration with Martin Fitzpatrick, Tommy James gives the reader his candid account of those turbulent, pill-popping days when, not knowing who to turn to, he quickly found himself (and his band members) being repeatedly cheated by Levy who eventually owed them millions of dollars in royalty payments.

All-in-all - "Me, The Mob, And The Music" was a fairly insightful and interesting read. I especially liked James's retelling of his eye-opening encounter with the world-famous, TV host, Ed Sullivan.

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