A new book about the glory days of the music industry will expose the abuses of women that went along with the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll.
Dorothy Carvello — whose 25-year career in the business included five years under Atlantic Records legend Ahmet Ertegun — is the first woman in the #MeToo era to write a book about the music industry.
In “Anything for a Hit” (Chicago Review Press, out Sept. 4), Carvello details the “Mad Men”-like misogyny in a field where DJs were being bribed with cocaine and sex workers, and some record moguls were hiring and promoting their girlfriends.
Carvello has kept her manuscript under tight security. No one has gotten a galley. Would-be excerpt publishers must come to her to read it and sign a nondisclosure agreement.
Doug Morris, who has run all three major music groups — Sony, Universal and Warner — admitted he tried and failed to get a copy.
“I worked with her at Warner for 16 years. I wanted to read it,” Morris told me.
Instead, he was debriefed by someone else who had.
“I hear it’s a good book, very well-written,” Morris said.
Ertegun, a legendary Lothario who hung out with Mick Jagger, is exposed as a chauvinist. But Morris doesn’t come off badly, he heard.
Carvello said, “I’m flattered he’s talking about my book. I’ll happily autograph his copy when he buys one.”
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