Ruthless tells the explosive story of Jerry Heller's alliance with Eric Wright, aka Eazy-E, one of the legends of rap music and a founding member of N.W.A., "the world's most dangerous band." As a longtime music industry superagent, Heller had the skill and insight necessary to guide N.W.A.'s cometlike rise to the top of the charts. Along the way there were raucous nationwide tours, out-of-control MTV pool parties, and X-rated business meetings. Heller held on through the brutal shocks and reversals of the Ruthless Records era, which saw the label being targeted by the FBI, and its principal artists locked in bitter conflict, until a final turnaround placed Ruthless at the top of the heap once more.
Heller turns the music industry inside out, exposing its strange logic and larger-than-life personalities. Ruthless provides keen insight into the popular music scene, with an unforgettable portrait of its rollicking excesses, life-churning drama, and multimillion-dollar highs.
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About the Author
Across five tumultuous decades, Jerry Heller has helped shape American popular music, breaking new talent, developing new trends, and forging an industry-wide reputation as "the guy who gets there first." He rose to prominence in the 1960s as a "superagent," importing Elton John and Pink Floyd for their first major American tours, and representing Journey, Marvin Gaye, Joan Armatrading, Van Morrison, War, Average White Band, ELO, Eric Burdon, and Crosby-Nash, among many others.
In the mid-1980s, Heller was the moving force and marketing genius behind the worldwide emergence of West Coast rap music. He not only cofounded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E, but discovered, signed, or managed the likes of N.W.A., The Black Eyed Peas, Above the Law, The D.O.C., and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. Jerry Heller lives in Calabasas, California, with his wife, Gayle, a Realtor for Sotheby's; his sister-in-law, Vicki, an attorney; and their menagerie of animals.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If your a fan of the worlds most dangerous group you will be intrigued by what Jerry Heller has to say about these Compton boyz and has great pics from back in the day
Well I saw this book by surfing on the net. I read about what it was about and it seem ver interesting, cause I always wanted to know more about Ruthless and Eazy-E and all that. So I got the book and I couldnt stop thinking about and reading it! I was glue to the book, anywhere I was thinking about that book 'Ruthless'! The book has some verryyy interesting facts that you may not know! Like who Jerry Heller produce back in the 60's and 70's*. It's a very good book and very well written.
I read about 'Ruthless' over on Myspace Books. It was one of their featured books. The review intrigued me so I purchased the book from Barnes and Noble online. It arrived a few days later. I have to say that 'RUTHLESS' is everything, and more than I expected. The other post was right if you are already, or want to be in the music industry YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK!!! It chronicles the career of Jerry Heller and describes the rise and fall of Ruthless Records in captivating detail. Heller is a seasoned story teller who will have you constantly on the edge of your seat. Two Thumbs Up!
I couldn't put this book down!!! It seriously should be a required read for anyone and everyone in the music business!! This Jerry Heller is an unbelievable guy!! R.I.P to EAZY-E--finally getting some credit from someone--fabulous job, Heller!