Anything for A Hit

Anything for A Hit

An A&R Woman's Story of Surviving the Music Industry

Book - 2018
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"Dorothy Carvello knows all about the music biz. She was the first female A&R executive at Atlantic Records, and one of the few in the room at RCA and Columbia. But before that, she was secretary to Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic's infamous president, who signed acts like Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin, negotiated distribution deals with Mick Jagger, and added Neil Young to Crosby, Stills & Nash. The stories she tells about the kingmakers of the music biz are outrageous, but it is her sinuous friendship with Ahmet that frames her narrative. He was notoriously abusive, sexually harassing Dorothy on a daily basis. Still, when he neared his end, sad and alone, Dorothy had no hatred toward him--only a strange kind of loyalty. Carvello reveals here how she flipped the script and showed Ertegun and every other man who tried to control her that a woman can be just as willing to do what it takes to get a hit. Never-before-heard stories about artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Steven Tyler, Bon Jovi, INXS, Marc Anthony, and many more make this book a must-read for anyone looking for the real stories about what it takes for a woman to make it in a male-dominated industry."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780912777917
Branch Call Number: 782.42092 CARVELLO
Characteristics: xiii, 219 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Jan 08, 2019

Maybe I just went into this expecting something else but it was just a lot of name calling and shit-talking and not much about actually being an A&R woman. Many of Dorothy's experiences are certainly awful beyond words and need to be shared as part of the story, but I don't feel like there was anything else to this book..

Nov 27, 2018

Dark dark cautionary tale inside out of the control boy club inside the recording industry.
"Lucky Criminals" lie, cheat & steal millions out of consumers, & artists.
Learned a lot of tricks. Payola was replaced by "independent promoters" as middleman between record companies & DJ.
Her mentor was grope happy, snorted several white lines & groused on selling his company at $14.5 million while Geffen sold his for billion.
Second nicknamed "Poison Dwarf" withheld final payment
Third was incompetent & hired his relatives.
Lost two famous singer friends from gun toting ex-girlfriend & suicide.
No surprise she was burnt out & took a lateral career move or that music executives felt threatened by Napster because online music stole their salaries & perks.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SMPL

To Top