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Nobody Told Me: From Basement Band to Jack and the John Lennon Sessions
     

Nobody Told Me: From Basement Band to Jack and the John Lennon Sessions

by Ken Geringer
 

Editorial Reviews

"Nobody Told Me" relates backroom business deals in the rock and roll world of the 1970's and '80's. It is a fast read that begins in Rockland County (New York) where author Ken Geringer, 46, grew up. While the book traces the author's experiences as musician, manager, record company president and night club owner, it really is Geringer's personal story as a 14-year old runaway, and later husband and father through trying times that is absorbing.... "Nobody Told Me" borrows its title from a Lennon song of the same name; the Lennon lyric--"Nobody told me there'd be days like this"--reflects Geringer's story perfectly. No one told the author how to get into the music business; he learns the ropes through happenstance, trial and error--direct experience. Nobody told him how to get out of trouble with thugs or the law, either, those are other stories in this book that, as Lennon sings, point to "strange days indeed..."
Glickman
The book is a biography about an innocent, idealistic adventurer. He was and is loveable, helpful, and delightful as long as he is not fenced in with rules, regulations and prejudices. By the time most young people leave home they have absorbed advice and opinions from their peers, parents and teachers. When Ken left home he was young and rebellious and had the desire for adventure and an open mind�I found it a page turner. The book is well written, reads smoothly and is quite enjoyable.
Skyviews
Publishers Weekly
...music-industry executive and nightclub owner Geringer is an enthusiastic storyteller...
Rose
This intense, fast-paced, jarring storyline comes alive on the first page and hooks the reader...it contains raw dialogue and accurately documents an insider's rare, fascinating insight into the music industry, yet this is not a paean to wanton self-indulgence. This is reality and the narrative has soul--my attention never wavered. Written with a dynamic style and cutting flourish, I couldn't put the book down, neither will you. A Rolling Stone magazine addict's dream come true--this is something music-loving consumers in the publishing industry are destined to devour with relish.
The Denver Post

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970712608
Publisher:
Hipway Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/15/2002
Edition description:
2002 First Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.02(d)

What People are Saying About This

Rene Prann
This book is full of what we've forgotten, but as soon as we hear Ken talk, it all comes back. He has managed in very short descriptions of people and events, to have captured it all.
Pryke
Recently, I have been reading a copy of Ken Geringer's book "Nobody Told Me". The author sent me a copy a couple of weeks ago and asked me to review it�so here goes:

The author is perhaps most famous for working with record producer Jack Douglas, best known for John Lennon's Double Fantasy album. Sections of the book deal with John Lennon and the studio sessions that gave the world the songs on the Double Fantasy album�but the book is more than that - it is Ken Geringer's life story, from the time he ran away from home at the age of 14, up to the present. Along the way, we journey from Florida to New York through the turmoil of the seventies and eighties, through the Hippy days that were just a blur, through the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll and into the inner sanctums of the recording business. It is written in a lively and very readable style: its origins in Ken's diary entries and memories is evident. The writing has a good pace, the episodes follow thick and fast, giving a real sense of the wild and whirling timeshe lived through. (I lived through them too, and I can testify that Ken has captured the spirit of those crazy years that changed the world.)

Reading Ken's words, you get a sense of society in a state of flux, and irresistible change; of the younger generation kicking against all authority, be it parents, school or the law; a sense of everyone constantly moving on, a restless generation searching for something better. The music was everything (whether huge festivals drawing a quarter of a million teenagers, or the impromptu jamming sessions in the back bedroom) and the money could wait!

As far as the John Lennon sessions�this book does not give a warm and cosy picture of John and I do not think it will please the legions of Lennon fans out there.

What we get is a glimpse of the very troubled relationship between John and Yoko, with John suffering constant abuse of one sort or another at the hands of his wife. We are shown a John Lennon who comes out of 5 years of "exile" lacking in all confidence, paranoid that Double Fantasy will fail; a John Lennon who was dominated by a cold, hard, manipulative Yoko. Apparently, she controlled everything; the music, the mixing�everything. The sessions were set up by Yoko in secret, and all the musicians had to be vetted by her, and, in the background, John was an edgy, pale shadow of himself.

Except, Ken reveals there were secret late night sessions after Yoko had left, when John cut himself a little space and found himself a little freedom, and regained a little independence. According to Ken, in these secret sessions, John was doing drugs and having women, and the real John Lennon, the old John Lennon, was beginning to emerge.

And, more alarmingly, there is the suggestion that John's sudden death was a convenient way to put an end to this new-found freedom, this growing independence.

In many ways this is a sensational book: it pulls no punches and gives us a frank and honest account of the times, and the hard rip-off world of the music industry.
— author of Two Spirits Dancing
Steve Burt
Sex, drugs, and rock n' roll? Yeah, but there's much more to music man Ken Geringer's outrageous autobiography. There's the rise of reggae, there's John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Johnny Depp, and a wild supporting cast of real-life characters. Even better, rebel/musician/businessman Geringer's personal journal entries, from which the early material is drawn, give us snapshot glimpses of the tumultuous sixties and seventies. The bonus, the thread woven through it all, is Ken and Alissa's love story. And even though it's true, you won't believe the ending! A "must read" for anyone who's ever read Rolling Stone or The VIllage Voice.
— author of the bestselling A Christmas Dozen, Unk's Fiddle, Odd Lot, and contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
Manny Twofeathers
A fearless journey. Harry Potter's Hogwarts could have been based on Ken Geringer's Skunk Hollow- and this magic is real.
— author of Stone People Medicine and The Road to the Sundance
Maass
Don't say nobody told you that Nobody Told Me by Ken Geringer isn't the best damn insight into the inside of the music business of the 70's and 80's that you never knew about!
— former. Publishing Executive at Harper, Dell, and Simon & Schuster
Hickey
Wow! I mean...wow!

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