WHAT A STORY WHAT A LIFE A FASCINATING MEMOIR FROM A LEGENDARY MUSIC BUSINESS EXECUTIVE WHO Signed The Little Known David Bowie Owned The Hunky Dory And Ziggy Stardust Albums Looked After The The Rolling Stones Helped Reorganise The Beatles Apple Corp Worked With Mickie Most On The Animals, Herman S Hermits, Donovan, Jeff Beck, And Lulu Managed The Tremeloes, The New Seekers, And The Sweet Masterminded A Landmark Court Case That Disrupted Music Publishers Exploiting Songwriters Including Elton John Started GTO Records, The Company That Signed Donna Summer, Billy Ocean, The Walker Brothers And Heatwave AND WHO Had Dinner With John Lennon Tea With Colonel Parker Left Led Zeppelin S Cash In A Safe And Lost The Key Threw Rod Stewart Out Of His Office Turned Down Chances To Manage Queen And Andrea Bocelli Almost Tempted Stevie Wonder Away From Motown And Foolishly Allowed Iggy Pop To Stay In His House WHO KNEW

8 thoughts on “HUNKY DORY (WHO KNEW?): The best I can remember from twenty years at the heart of '60s and '70s rock and pop

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    AMAZING READ The gripping writing style keeps you turning the page, as the author offers an insight into a world most of us know little about I d heard of LAURENCE MYERS, the MASTERMIND PRODUCER, through my love of ELVIS I also saw his name recently on the credits as producer at the end of JUDY I knew he d had dinner with The Colonel, produced ELVIS The Movie that launched Kurt Russell s career, and that he was the man who created Elvis 40 Greatest Hits album my first ever Elvis CD I ve even seen the platinum disk for that album hanging in Graceland Therefore, I had to get this book on day of release, and not put it down till it was finished.This wonderful autobiography charts Mr Myers humble beginnings, painting a lovely picture of old London Town, before we are catapulted into the swinging 60 s and crazy 70 s For me, what I loved the most about reading this book, and what I felt overwhelming admiration for is that he managed an incredible music and film career, successfully taking projects from blank page to stage, screen and record Yet he managed to maintain an amazing marriage with his wife, Marsha I felt that love story was the backbone of his life hats off to you Mr Myers and Mrs Myers, we can only aspire to what you have achieved.

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    This is a joyful book full of antidotes from the inside of music industry in the 60 s 70 s at a time when there were only four Major record and publishing companies who controlled everything Laurence, a pioneer, helped to change all that and he gives a fascinating insight of how it all worked and how it has enabled today s artists to control their own futures He also has many stories to tell , with great humour, about the famous and the infamous he has met and looked after in his other career in films and theatre production When asked what it was like to be in the middle of this exciting revolution he replies Who knew And how was he to know that one day he would write a book about his life and to have been involved with some of the greatest artist s of his generation Fascinating.

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    I opened the book and could not put it down until I had finished it A riveting, entertaining and witty book The book is full of interesting anecdotes about very many household names After reading the book you feel that Laurence Myers is somebody with whom you would like to have dinner I am sure he has many other interesting stories to tell Is there anybody else in the music industry who can claim at various times to have represented the Beatles,the Stones, David Bowie and many other household names His feet seem to have always been firmly on the ground and to have perfectly balanced his life between business and family John G

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    This book is a treasure trove of great anecdotes and facts surrounding the development of the music scene and record industry in the 1970 s by a man who was there in the centre of of it all This was my era as a teenager and the author Laurence Myers was involved in so many aspects of the recording artists, producers which made the music which I love and which is now seen by many as a classic period in Popular Music So much of the music I grew up with may never have actually happened had it not been for his involvement But the book is written in a very humorous way, he has a very easy going ,warm, laid back style, like he is talking to you There is absolutely no ego here at all which is amazing considering the influence he had and continues to have in the arts It is a great read and easy to digest even for a Dyslexic like me Very uplifting indeed, and if you have an interest in the ins and outs of the music business in the 70 s you ll enjoy this If you were a teen in the 60 s 70 s there is a good chance that he will have had an influence on one or two of your faves I am still reading it now and don t want it to end because it is so enjoyable A great Christmas or birthday present for anybody who likes to read and is a fan of the 19760 s 1970 s period in music.

  5. says:

    Written with great humility and humour Hunky Dory is a brilliantly related account of an amazing career.Laurence Myers clearly had a hugely influential part to play in the formation of the post war pop music scene.Essential reading for anyone involved in the music industry, past and present

  6. says:

    Who knew is such an apt sub title in this reflection on Laurence Myers wonderfully eclectic career, shaping and not shaping the careers of some of the world s greatest musicians.Essential reading for anyone with an interest in machinations of the entertainment industry at it s creative height and with anecdotes written in a humorous and self deprecating style that makes it such an easy read.Make sure it s on your Christmas list

  7. says:

    What a great read Fascinating insight into the entrepreneurs who were so influential in developing the thriving popular music scene in the UK Full of colourful characters and the ups and downs of one of the dynamic individuals who got us the fantastic music legacy we have today Couldn t put it down

  8. says:

    Really interesting stories from someone at the core of a lot of music rock and roll history Easy read Funny and informative A lot of stories here about my Bowie and the rolling stones that I didn t know of And I m a big fan of those guys Enjoyable.