Howling at the Moon has ratings and 19 reviews. Mister said: I It turns out that everything I’ve ever read about Walter Yetnikoff is true — he’s a drug-fueled, . HOWLING AT THE MOON: Confessions of a Music Mogul in an Age of Excess. Walter Yetnikoff, Author, David Ritz, With. Broadway $ (p) ISBN. Show biz memoir at its name-dropping, bridge-burning, profane best: the music industry’s most outspoken, outrageous, and phenomenally successful.

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Blotto from a constant intake of coke and vodka and incessant womanizing, Yetnikoff careened from one outrageous encounter to another as he racked up hit after hit. The Jewish Yetnikoff noted that he viewed Father Puma as a mentor: In the end, though, it’s just a prolonged sobriety story from a guy who is self-important even in his humility.


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Quotes from Howling at the Mo See all books by Walter YetnikoffDavid Ritz. Apr 11, Mister Mank rated it liked it. His fall from the top was mighty and it is quite a ride to hear how powerful an addiction egotism can te. He went on to graduate magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Brooklyn College in before attending Columbia Law School where he attained a full scholarship howilng his first year and was an howlingg of the Columbia Law Review. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


Gloria Estefan became the most successful crossover performer in Latin music to date under Yetnikoff’s watch. It is as an entertaining, high-grade gossip sheet that this Brooklyn-born Caligula’s memoirs function primarily, but they also provide an invaluable account of key stages in the history of the music industry. If you like music and insider music industry gossip eighties and nineties you will like this a lot.

Howling at the Moon: This was a much better read than the Clive Davis book. Yetnikoff came from a working-class Jewish family from Brooklyn; he graduated from law school in the s and proceeded to climb the corporate ladder to the very top.

Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. And he was on drugs almost full-time. Yetnikoff was credited by Billy Joel with providing the necessary financial and promotional support that propelled his career to its eventual record breaking heights. Occasionally he throws in a story about Michael Jackson that makes Michael seem, if you can believe it, even creepier. This makes a good vacation read.

True to form, Walter raided the minibar, got blasted and, seeing no other means of escape, opened a hotel window and vented his rage by literally howling at the moon. Please try again later. Want to Read saving….

When Jackson released Thriller, which became the most successful album of all time, Yetnikoff threatened to expose the editor of Rolling Stone as a bigot unless he put this black man on the cover of his magazine.


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It also is that rare memoir by a person who actually has power and control over lots of things, rather than by a person who was a victim and remains likable.

The World of the Rock. I have a vision of punching out thhe ninety-eight pounds of him. One of those original assholes who gave the human race a bad name, Yetnikoff on drugs was just a monster. Stay in Touch Sign up. Yet he presided over the most profitable and prestigious stable of artists of all time.

I enjoyed the Billy Joel stories and all the rest.

As long as the base interests of Yetnikoff and his artists coincided, great records were made that sold in their millions. From the Hardcover edition. Velvel has a certain bombastic charm, and the behind the scenes music biz anecdotes make this worth reading.

Walter Yetnikoff

Topics Biography books The Observer. Archived from the original on March 12, Yetnikoff features prominently in Frederic Dannen ‘s landmark book Hit Men: There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

During his tenure, when he ruled at the biggest record label in the US, Yetnikoff was considered an unholy terror, a loose cannon, and the most unpredictable of music powerbrokers.