March 30, 2008

Rock On: An Office Power Ballad (2008)

Rock On is a fun and quick read about the descent of the once-great Atlantic Records from an insider perspective. This book isn't going to make you feel sorry for the major labels; more likely it'll make you wonder how they lasted so long. Kennedy presents himself as an out-of-touch, over-paid, marketing employee, simultaneously representing and feeling alienated from the bulk of the management. While his humorous and embarrassing antidotes from the world of calculated and commercial pop music are entertaining, they made me want to read a book by someone with more experience and insight. It's a shame Ahmet Ertegun never wrote his autobiography.