Here is the true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity.
Now it can be told! The true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity. Casablanca was not a product of the 1970s, it was the 1970s. From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart. From his daring first signing of Kiss, through the discovery and superstardom of Donna Summer, Village People, and funk master George Clinton and his circus of freaks -- Parliament-Funkadelic -- to the descent into the manic world of disco, this book charts Bogart's meteoric success and eventual collapse under the weight of uncontrolled ego and hype. It is a compelling tale of ambition, greed, excess, and some of the era's biggest music acts.
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LARRY HARRIS began working for Buddah/Kama Sutra Records in the summer of 1971 as the local New York promotions man, and in 1973 he joined his cousin Neil Bogart in founding Casablanca Records. He became executive vice president and managing director of the company in 1976 and left Casablanca in the fall of 1979. He was born in New York and now lives and works in Seattle.
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