The Man and His Music
Grand Central Publishing, Hardcover, 9780446585187, 387pp.
Publication Date: January 29, 2013
HITMAKER recounts how a kid from the Bronx--and a college dropout--became one of the music industry's most creative and controversial CEOs. For the first time, Tommy lays bare the facts behind the most sensational aspects of his life, such as being married to and developing the career of Mariah Carey, managing Michael Jackson's emotional ups and downs, and the power struggle with his onetime boss and mentor Walter Yetnikoff. HITMAKER will take you inside this world of power, money, and fame as he recounts the fascinating dealings with countless icons, and what it was like to be at the top when the business suddenly changed.
Tommy's story is one that will never be duplicated--and here it is, in his own voice, for the first time.
Cal Fussman is a writer at large for Esquire. The author of After Jackie: Pride, Prejudice, and Baseball's Forgotten Heroes, he lives with his family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
"Tommy's a smart guy, he's creative, and he's got street smarts and he did it! It's one of those classic American success stories, coming out of a neighborhood like the Bronx, you just do it, you make it and you're able to become the CEO of Sony. I was proud of him."
--Robert De Niro
"Tommy knows what it's like to be hungry. He's a rock and roll animal, and he's a street guy. He had that fire in the belly. You're not gonna keep a guy like that down. He thrives on adversity."
"Tommy became a huge part of my life and my career. He's a guru. He knows what he's doing. No one had as much to do with the success of the music business as Tommy. He has created more superstars than anyone else. All these amazing artists with such great catalogs, it all had to do with Tommy."
"Launching an artist's career, creating the aura that someone special is about to come on the scene, and then taking it to each separate level where they become not only national stars, but international stars, with uniqueness and a special aura, Tommy did that extremely well."
"Tommy Mottola's got guts and balls of steel. When the whole world said no to the Chicago soundtrack, Tommy said yes. The album won a Grammy and sold four and a half million copies. So much for the naysayers."
"I've met a few legends in my life and Tommy Mottola is one of them. What Tommy did, in my opinion, is change the landscape of music and the music business. He made the music business more fun, less corporate, more maverick...He was a catalyst in making me think about things differently and it changed the course of my life. He understands star power, making superstars, and globalization."