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This was some story people. I gotta thank L.A. for sharing with us his journey. This was the most inspirational 'book I've listened to' in years. I never knew the depth in which he was involved in the music game. I've followed him since the late 80's but only knew of him as the drummer in The Deele who was down with Babyface as a production team. Now I have a better understanding and appreciation for L.A. What bugged me out was learning about the 4 songs Anita Baker turned down. She HAS to be somewhere beating herself monthly like Lynn Whitfield in 'Thin Line' after the massive success those records had. There were so many "oh sh!+" & "really?" moments - all making for one excellent biography. Very educational also. Thanks L.A. I will be listening to this story again. The narrator was excellent. Not one dull moment. He was superb in articulating the story. L.A. - I can't thank you enough for putting this out.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
I've listen to so many books about record executives as well as artists and musicians. This book is very well done. The narrator is excellent and adds a lot of energy to the book. The story itself is interesting and inspiring. I highly recommend.
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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
It provides a great insight, through LA Reid's life, into key aspects of the music industry such as identifying and managing talent and the subtle differences between running large labels and small labels and labels with strong identities.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sing to Me?
LA becoming the president of Def Jam which had a strong rap identity and which raised problems of authenticity because LA was not a "rap guy" and the artists and other staff were not buying into him running the label - which was resolved by bringing in Jay-Z to manage the label (which was a tight negotiation) who was well respected.
What does Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
He has a great voice and enunciation was brilliant - wasn't annoying like some narrators can be.
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
Can't come up with a good one!
Any additional comments?
Couldn't stop listening to this. Worth every penny. LA Reid reminds us how far resilience and an ear for a hit record can take you.