New York Book Festival Honorable Mention
The music industry is filled with dreams, bravado, exuberance, judgement, inflated egos, self-doubt, fear and self-loathing. Throw in passion, drive and commitment, and the result is a group of individuals whose love for music knows no bounds. Oh, yes, don’t forget disappointment, disillusionment, broken dreams, broken promises, and being broke, most, if not all the time.
Laughter is the cure. Laughter at each other, with each other and for each other. Laughter is our mask, our shield, our medicine. Especially right now! For the past forty years, music producer and festival producer, Jeffrey Weber, has collected, assembled, created and stolen hundreds of stories, jokes, anecdotes, lists, lies, and assorted disasters and compiled them into a singular compendium of ruminations and incriminations.
You may be outraged. You may be offended. But, you will be smiling. You may even laugh. And that keeps us going in an industry swirling ever out of control. It’s those dirty little truths, those pockets of mirth that strengthen our desires and inhabit our musical dreams.
This isn’t a textbook on how we use humor to survive and thrive in the musical jungle. But, then again, maybe it should be.
What People Say
“Jeff Weber has told me many lies over the years, so he knows what he's talking about.” —Stephen Hunter, Pulitzer Prize Winner, author of Game Of Snipers
“Comedy is music, and Jeff Weber hits every note and beat—a xylophone riff on the funny bone.” —Don Winslow, author of The Border
“As a former wanna be rock star who was forced by my lack of musical talent to take a different path and eventually become a Fortune 500 CEO, reading this book brings back lots of great memories- and also confirms that I was fortunate to get out of this completely dysfunctional industry. Jeff Weber has captured the spirit of the music business and rolled it up into a hilarious package. I laughed until I cried, largely because so much of it is SO accurate!” —George Jones, former CEO, Borders Books
“Jeff’s timing is perfect...he’s written a very light-hearted and funny book about our business—exactly at the moment when we really need to have a good sense of humor about it all. Except for when he rips us sax players, (How dare you?!). I'd highly recommend this book for anyone needing a good chuckle. It might just be the ticket out of this mess.” —Dave Koz, Musician, songwriter, entrepreneur
“A Tour De Farce!”—Dan Morgenstern, director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University