Me, the Mob, and the Music

Me, the Mob, and the Music

One Helluva Ride With Tommy James & the Shondells

Book - 2010
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Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2010
Edition: 1st Scribner hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439128657
Characteristics: vii, 227 p., [8] p. of plates : ill ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Fitzpatrick, Martin 1952-


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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.

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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