Hard Days Hard Nights

Hard Days Hard Nights

by Pat Dicesare



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ISBN-13: 9781882658084
Publisher: Headline Books
Publication date: 08/29/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite Hard Days Hard Nights by Patrick J. DiCesare is the story of the birth of the rock ’n roll concert business in Pittsburgh. The book begins with Pat's rather humble beginnings, migrating from Italy in 1920, and dwells on his childhood, earning nickels by delivering newspapers and learning music on a second hand bass. Soon he starts playing, joining a newly opened nightclub, and is eventually offered a position as the head busboy. The author describes arranging a Beatles’ show, the sensation of the times, with great difficulty, only to find himself drafted, and every month collecting a part of his share of the show’s profit (a hundred dollars) and feeling like the highest paid soldier in the US Army, as well as hobnobbing with bigger names like Jim Morrison, Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith, and conducting his own concerts and shows. Hard Days Hard Nights by Patrick J. DiCesare is an authentic report of the early days of rock, with Pat being a pioneer of great repute, an entrepreneur and rock concert promoter. In these pages we can feel the trials and tribulations Pat faced in his early days, and how his father’s implicit faith in him by advancing 5000 dollars through a lien on the house, and other motivating factors, made him the highest earning concert promoter in the USA. Deeply inspiring, this book chronicles all the efforts that went unseen during the latter half of the 20th century of the music industry in general, and of his hometown Pittsburgh in particular.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have finished the book by Pat DiCesare Hard Days Hard Nights. It is well-written with a cinematic feel. Basically, you feel every emotion reading this book. The way Pat describes his life in Hard Days Hard Nights takes you right there with him. He takes you up-and -down and teaches you about his business including self-recognition, mistakes and success. The book captivates the moment from when the music business takes off and brings you to today's time, including the changes that occurred along the way. His work brought him into contact with an extensive variety of personalities. The amount of reasoning required to face certain situations is unfathomable. I felt at times I was sweating bullets, as if I was actually there with him. While reading, my mind was asking " How to get out of this situation!?" I had a high respect for Mr. DiCesare, but after reading this book my respect has grown higher than imagined. You have to read this book to find out why I am saying that. Foremost, this book is a must read for EVERYONE in the music business; secondly, it is a great read for anyone thinking of entering the music business. ATTN: Music Collectors, this book Pat DiCesare Hard Days Hard Nights "signed" should be at the front of your collection due to its the beginning of the music industry. Social Scientists and Historian Buffs, this is the book for which you have been waiting. Pat DiCesare Hard Days Hard Nights should be read by everyone who loves music. You wont be disappointed. Just get ready for an intense powerful read. I am looking forward to Pat's next book. - Dvaria Gonzalez
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard Days Hard Nights is a fascinating read on how one individuals sheer belief in himself placed him at the forefront of an industry that was taking shape before his eyes and overcoming moments of self doubt along the way.   It's a great book for learning how the concert side of the music industry was in the early days.....terrific enjoyable read.  Interwoven with great antidotal stories on some of the music industries biggest stars and grounded by the Italian American roots of the author and his obvious love for his heritage and his parents...especially their cooking.   Pat DiCesare rose to become one of the country's most successful concert promoters and it all started in a small town around his parents table surrounded by his family - it's the "American Dream" come true.