Anything for a Hit (Hardcover)

An A&R Woman's Story of Surviving the Music Industry

By Dorothy Carvello

Chicago Review Press, 9780912777917, 240pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

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Dorothy Carvello knows all about the music biz. She was the first female A&R executive at Atlantic Records, and one of the few in the room at RCA and Columbia. But before that, she was secretary to Ahmet Ertegun, Atlantic’s infamous president, who signed acts like Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin, negotiated distribution deals with Mick Jagger, and added Neil Young to Crosby, Stills & Nash. The stories she tells about the kingmakers of the music industry are outrageous, but it is her sinuous friendship with Ahmet that frames her narrative. He was notoriously abusive, sexually harassing Dorothy on a daily basis. Still, when he neared his end, sad and alone, Dorothy had no hatred toward him—only a strange kind of loyalty. Carvello reveals here how she flipped the script and showed Ertegun and every other man who tried to control her that a woman can be just as willing to do what it takes to get a hit. Featuring never-before-heard stories about artists like Michael Jackson, Madonna, Steven Tyler, Bon Jovi, INXS, Marc Anthony, Phil Collins, and many more, this book is a must-read for anyone who has ever wondered what it's really like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry.

About the Author

Dorothy Carvello began her career in 1987 as an assistant to Ahmet Ertegun, the legendary Atlantic Records founder, and went on to become the label’s first female A&R executive. She worked for many of the biggest names in music—Morris, Azoff, Galante, Buziak, and Ienner—at Atlantic, Giant, RCA, Relativity, and Columbia.

Praise For Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman's Story of Surviving the Music Industry

“Dorothy leaves out nothing from her past experiences. She was there and has told her story unfiltered.”—Diane Warren, songwriter

“Carvello’s memoir is wild, sexy, bold, honest, and brave. If you don’t know about the music business it is illuminating; if you do, it is sure to be revelatory. It is an amazing testament to her experience as a woman in the complicated, fast-moving, abusive, and compelling world of business and rock ’n’ roll. An important read in today’s climate in the workplace.”—Maury Sterling, actor, Homeland

“This book is hardcore. I wanted to put it down a thousand times but I just had to keep reading it. It is not only timely but necessary. Dorothy is a survivor and a success in spite of all the bullshit she faced as a woman in the music business. A sobering read.”—Snake Sabo, guitarist, Skid Row

“Dorothy’s book lays out the music industry from a woman’s eyes. I applaud her courage and humor. It is a must-read for any woman thinking of entering the business.” —Don Ienner, former chairman, Sony Music

"The music industry is long overdue for its #MeToo explosion, and this memoir seems ready to light the fuse… No matter how sleazy you might have heard the music industry is, this memoir suggests that it was worse." —Kirkus Reviews

"Carvello is piercingly honest in this discouraging look into the music industry." —Publishers Weekly