From the inside flap of Stiffed, William Knoedelseder's 1993 book: "A SHOCKING EXPOSE THAT LEAVES THE READER QUESTIONING: IS THE MAFIA INVOLVED IN EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY OF THE RECORD BUSINESS? IS MCA SUCH A POWERFUL CORPORATION THAT IT CAN DICTATE ACTIONS IN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE?"
Like the great bestselling Indecent Exposure, Stiffed is an epic story that begins with small incident—an income tax investigation—which explodes to show the pervasive corruption of an entire industry. When a federal prosecutor discovers that a reputed mafioso, Sal Pisello, is selling MCA cutouts (record remainders) and cheating everyone along the way, the investigation grows and expands to involve the FBI, the Justice Department, extortion, counterfeiting, payola, and bribery, and uncovers the ubiquitous presence of the Mafia in the record industry....as well as the immense political power of MCA.
Filled with an utterly memorable rogues' gallery of characters, from Irving Azoff, the colorful former president of MCA Records, to Joe Isgro and Fred DiSipio, major players in "The Network" of independent promoters who influenced why records got airtime, and Pisello himself (record salesman, veal importer, restaurateur, and alleged heroin dealer), Stiffed takes us behind the scenes of the hit songs and star performers to show who is really in control, in a fast-paced, exciting, and informative look at the record business and the powerful characters who run it.
From Library Journal
This fascinating look at the underbelly of the music business by a former investigative reporter for the Los Angeles Times will confirm any pessimist's worst suspicion of what lies beneath the glitter and glitz. The complicated story revolves around the ability of organized crime to get a proverbial "foot in the door" at one of the world's largest entertainment corporations during the 1980s. Presenting a large array of bad folks (and a few good ones) seemingly right out of Central Casting, plus the industry's usual copious quantities of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll, this gripping report is fraught with twists and turns. The book combines a detective story, a plausible account of record industry business practices (in the days prior to the compact disc explosion), and vibrant, memorable characters, all of which make it more interesting than anything a talented fiction writer could devise. Highly recommended.- David M. Tur kalo, Social Law Lib., Boston
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 1st edition (March 1, 1993)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- Item Weight : 3.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.5 x 1.5 x 9.5 inches
Note: This is used copy, but in pristine condition.