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Rise and Rise of David Geffen
     

Rise and Rise of David Geffen

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by Stephen Singular
 
In this first full-length portrait of David Geffen, the reader will take a remarkable journey through the billionaire's difficult youth, through Asylum Records and Studio 54, and through Geffen Records and Hollywood's power wars. But more than a business story, this book is a personal adventure into the psyche and emotions of one of the most colorful and intriguing

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In this first full-length portrait of David Geffen, the reader will take a remarkable journey through the billionaire's difficult youth, through Asylum Records and Studio 54, and through Geffen Records and Hollywood's power wars. But more than a business story, this book is a personal adventure into the psyche and emotions of one of the most colorful and intriguing executives our nation has produced. Photos.

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Library Journal
This is the latest achievement by Singular, a journalist and notable author in the pop culture and media vein (e.g., Power To Burn: Michael Orvitz and the New Business of Show Business, Carol, 1996). The first major work on Geffen since the mid-1980s, this book is long overdue. Geffen, who is thought to be the wealthiest man in the entertainment industry, began Asylum Records in the late 1960s, started anew with Geffen Records in the 1980s, and became partners with Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg in SKG Dreamworks studios in the 1990s. Despite dropping out of sight periodically, he came back each time to make even more millions, thus the title. He is also a noted philanthropist, donating millions of dollars particularly in support of AIDS organizations. A solid achievement on an imprtant figure, this biography is highly recommended for public libraries.Regina L. Beach, Mississippi State Univ. Lib, Starkville

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559724302
Publisher:
Carol Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.09(d)

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Rise and Rise of David Geffen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This book is one of the most interesting biographies I have read in a long time. This book chronicles the early part of Geffen's life in such a way that you feel as if you could analyze his life. Obviously the young Geffen had a distant relationship with his father which would leave any child insecure. This insecurity coupled with the fact he grew up poor and felt marginalized in social circles - especially at school left me astonished as to how he mustered up the strength and courage to pursue his dreams of being a success in the entertainment industry. One constant and sustaining force in Geffen's life was his mother, who has since passed. Her business sense and her own strength that she exibited in her lifetime --her entire family was killed in WWII with the exeption of her sister, served as a model for the young Geffen. Her wisdom was reflected on in many chapters of the book and it is interesting to see how it played out in Geffen's life. Geffen's rapid rise through the music industrie's ranks is mesmorizing, given the fact that he almost failed high school. He demonstrated how one can be smart without exceeding in academics,or if you prefer Geffen's mother's theory that he had certain gifts and talents that would surface later on. This book details his meteoric rise in such a way that you view Geffen in a sympathetic light. You can't help but gain an understanding of what may have motivated this man to be so cutthroat when you reflect back on his struggles to excell and be popular as a child. David Geffen's need to excell left him with many admirers and enemies. Certain conflicts are interesting to watch as they play out, for example the very bitter and public feud with Mike Ovitz. I reccomend this book highly.