Number of page: 400
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Biography & Autobiography
In this long-awaited memoir, illustrated with over 100 never-before-seen photos from his personal collection, the groundbreaking record producer chronicles his struggles, his success, and the celebrated artists that made him a legend.Over the last twenty-five years, legendary music producer and record man LA Reid—the man behind artists such as Toni Braxton, Kanye West, Rihanna, TLC, Outkast, Mariah Carey, Pink, Justin Bieber, and Usher—has changed the music business forever. In addition to discovering some of the biggest pop stars on the planet, he has shaped some of the most memorable and unforgettable hits of the last two generations, creating an impressive legacy of talent discovery and hit records.Now, for the first time, he tells his story, taking fans on an intimate tour of his life, as he chronicles the fascinating journey from his small-town R&B roots in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his work as a drummer to his fame as a Grammy Award-winning music producer and his gig as a judge on the hit reality show, The X Factor. In Sing to Me, Reid goes behind the scenes of the music industry, charting his rise to fame and sharing stories of the countless artists he’s met, nurtured, and molded into stars. With fascinating insight into the early days of artists as diverse as TLC, Usher, Pink, Kanye West, and Justin Bieber, his story offers a detailed look at what life was like for stars at the start of their meteoric rise and how he always seemed to know who would be the next big thing.What emerges is a captivating portrait from the inside of popular music evolution over the last three decades. Part music memoir, part business story of climbing to the top, this beautifully designed book, jam packed with photos, showcases Reid’s trademark passion and ingenuity and introduces a multifaceted genius who continues to shape pop culture today.
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Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’sNext Reid, with veteran music journalist Selvin, recounts the highlights of his illustrious life as a supremely successful music producer in this memoir. He includes his early days playing DJ for \”grown-up parties;\” his time as a drummer for the band the Deele; and eventually forming a profitable record label, LaFace Records, with bandmate Kenny \”Babyface\” Edmonds. His remarks on performers and the
- A Google User
SING TO ME: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next “I always know in a few seconds.” Music mogul Reid reveals the secrets of the producer’s trade. Exhibit A is a young man named Usher Raymond IV, who came into the Atlanta headquarters of LaFace Records at a time when the label was suffering the inevitable growth pains, among them demands from its lead act, the hip-hop group TLC, for more money. Money is, as might be expected, a constant presence
- Cornelius Waller
It’s a very interesting book to read if knew but his past work with Babyface
- Paul West
Great Read Great Read from stop to finish. I recommend to any fan of the music industry!
- Bradford Gillens
Great read I read this book cover to cover in about a day and a half! LA Reid has had such an accomplished career and I had forgotten how many people he has made stars. He definitely doesn’t get his just due as one of the most influential music executives of the past 30 years but hopefully this book will allow him to finally get that glory he’s been looking for. All of this whole stars he’s nurtured like Meaghan Trainor still dominate the charts.
- Erik Powery
Sing To Me Loved It!!
- Derrick Hunter
Sing to Me I wish LA REID could have expounded more on people he worked with.
- Christian Paulk
Spectacular Read This book was a spectacular read and reminded me why I came into this industry. LA Reid is definitely the last of a dying breed .
Motown: Music, Money, Sex, and Power
In 1959 twenty nine year old Berry Gordy who had already given up on his dream to be a champion boxer borrowed eight hundred dollars from his family and started a record company A run down bungalow sandwiched between a funeral home and a beauty shop in a poor Detroit neighborhood served as his headquarters The building s entrance was adorned with a large sign that improbably boasted Hitsville U S A The kitchen served as the control room the garage became the two track studio the living room was reserved for bookkeeping and sales were handled in the dining room Soon word spread that any youngster with a streak of talent should visit the only record label that Detroit had seen in years The company s name was Motown Motown cuts through decades of unsubstantiated rumors and speculation to tell the true behind the scenes narrative of America s most exciting musical dynasty It follows the company and its amazing roster of stars from the tumultuous growth years in Detroit to the drama and intrigue of Hollywood in the 1970s to resurgence in 2002 Set against the civil rights movement the decay of America s northern industrial cities and the social upheaval of the 1960s Motown is a tale of the incredible entrepreneurship of Berry Gordy But it also features the moving stories of kids from Detroit s inner city projects who achieved remarkable success and then in many cases found themselves fighting the demons that so often come with stardom drugs jealousy sexual indulgence greed and uncontrollable ambition Motown features an extraordinary cast of characters including Diana Ross Michael Jackson Marvin Gaye Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder They are presented as they lived and worked a clan of friends lovers competitors and sometimes vicious foes Motown reveals how the hopes and dreams of each affected the lives of the others and illustrates why this singular story is a made in America Greek tragedy the rise and fall of a supremely talented yet completely dysfunctional extended family Based on numerous original interviews and extensive documentation Motown benefits particularly from the thousands of pages of files crammed into the basement of downtown Detroit s Wayne County Courthouse Those court records provide the unofficial and hitherto largely untold history of Motown and its stars since almost every relationship between departing singers songwriters producers and the label ended up in litigation From its peaks in the late 1960s and early 1970s when Motown controlled the pop charts and its stars were sought after even by the Beatles through the inexorable slide caused by their failure to handle their stardom Motown is a riveting and troubling look inside a music label that provided the unofficial soundtrack to an entire generation From the Hardcover edition
Hey Ya!: The Unauthorized Biography of Outkast
Since 1994 OutKast have been reinventing the rules of hip hop blending different styles of music into a Southern style that is wholly their own soulful outrageous and addictive They ve captured the hearts of fans and music critics alike and have achieved records and scaled heights in the music world that most artists can only dream of The full story of OutKast has never before been told Now in Hey Ya you ll go behind the scenes into the world of Big Boi and Andre 3000 from their start as teenage hopefuls in Atlanta to their international rise to fame Along the way you ll learn about the creative forces that have kept them on the cutting edge of hip hop for a decade and keep them pushing forward into tomorrow From their first breakthrough with Player s Ball to their six Grammy wins their upcoming movie and more Hey Ya Is the ultimate look at two of the most creative forces in music today and is the definitive guide to everything OutKast
The Story of So So Def Recordings
During the early 1990s successful music producer Jermaine Dupri started So So Def Records The Atlanta based label began at a time when Southern hip hop music was just beginning to get a lot of attention Dupri signed distribution deals with much larger record companies like Columbia and Arista This allowed him to focus on what he did best finding talented unknown artists and producing hit music Some of So So Def s biggest stars included Da Brat Lil Bow Wow and Jagged Edge Today So So Def Records is completely independent and Jermaine Dupri is working hard to introduce a new generation of hip hop stars
Controversies of the Music Industry
This work presents 12 of the most volatile ethical issues facing the music industry Real life examples depict both sides of each controversy and the list of resources provides tools for readers who wish to pursue the controversies further Primary sources including court cases and excerpts from speeches help students build critical thinking skills in current issues persuasive writing and debate classes Among the controversies noted is the growing oligopoly of a few multinational music companies and the independent labels that are attempting to survive this market dominance Drug abuse and violence depicted in music is discussed as is its influence on young listeners These issues and many more are discussed in detail as the authors outline the controversial topics of the music industry