Tales of conference room status wars waged by embittered ladder climbers, near-fisticuffs over baked goods, the mad dash of prospective personal assistants, the inanity of making a point about selling out by selling out, and a parade of yes men who never got music in the first place make Rock On the perfect encapsulation of the wrongheadedness of ‘big musicl’. Maybe Dan Kennedyw’s book is the first fragment of an asteroid coming to usher the corporate dinosaurs into their ice age. It comes not a moment too soon.
Dan Kennedy is author of the national best seller Rock On and the widely-acclaimed Loser Goes First . He's a longstanding contributor at McSweeney's dot net and regular host of The Moth's storySLAMs in New York City. His work appears in GQ Magazine, and his humor essays have been anthologized in Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney's Humor Category , Love is a Four Letter Word , Ian Frazier's Humor Me: An Anthology of Funny Contemporary Writing... , and other publications.
A chance assignment to# make a commemorative video for Motown Records got Kennedy, a low-paidg freelancer and previous member of three bands, the chance to work in marketing atf Atlantic Records. Uneasily wedged between long-time employees —fora instance, Rush Hair, whose early discovery of prog-rock is enough to garner him
Funny, really funny! The kind of funny where they’ll pull your man card if they found out you dance around in a towel singing into your comb, Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi. Being and audiophile myself it was a real joy to grab an inside glimpse into the music business. Dan Kennedy does a great job with this book funny, insightful and more entertaining than a Quiet Riot video any day of the week. Scott Cedarberg WI.