Much has been written about Tommy Mottola, one of the most powerful, visionary, and successful executives in the history of the music industry. He discovered, developed and launched the careers of many superstars, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, and Gloria Estefan, and is credited with creating the "Latin Explosion". He has had the privilege of working alongside Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, and Ozzy Osbourne, among other music giants. This is his story - a story of the modern music industry, from Elvis to the iPod - through the eyes of the man who made much of it happen.
Hitmaker recounts how a kid from the Bronx - and a college dropout - became one of the music industry's most creative and controversial CEOs. For the first time, Tommy lays bare the facts behind the most sensational aspects of his life, such as being married to and developing the career of Mariah Carey, managing Michael Jackson's emotional ups and downs, and the power struggle with his onetime boss and mentor Walter Yetnikoff.
Hitmaker will take you inside this world of power, money, and fame as he recounts the fascinating dealings with countless icons, and what it was like to be at the top when the business suddenly changed.
Tommy's story is one that will never be duplicated - and here it is, in his own voice, for the first time.
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Chazz Palminteri should stick to movies.
Chazz Palminteri delivers an uneven and stilted reading. He frequently mispronounces words, and then switches back and forth between alternate pronunciations in an apparent attempt to resolve his confusion, at our expense. He is constantly placing the the emphasis on the wrong word as though he is incapable of reading a few words ahead in order to grasp the gist of the narrative. The effect is a very stilted and distracting performance. I also thought he laid it on a little too think with the Brooklyn accent. I've heard Tommy Mattola give interviews, and his way of speaking and demeanor does not square with Palminteri's affect here.The insider tidbits are interesting, but Palminteri's performance detracted from what would otherwise have been an enjoyable listen.
- Karl J. Wulff