Listen Out Loud

Listen Out Loud

by Ron Weisner, Alan Goldsher


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Even hardcore music fans don't know the name Ron Weisner . . . but they should. A high-powered manager for over four decades, Ron worked alongside Madonna, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, Gladys Knight, Curtis Mayfield, Bill Withers, and, most notably, Michael Jackson. He saw the King of Pop through his game-changing multi-platinum albums Thriller and Off the Wall. He watched M.J.'s prickly father Joe run roughshod over both his son and industry execs. He fought back as the industry tried to steer Jackson in a musical direction that would have derailed his career. And he saw Michael suffer through devastating press coverage that turned the troubled singer's world upside down. Featuring an introduction from Quincy Jones and commentary from Winwood, Knight, and some behind-the-scenes record label power brokers, Weisner's illuminating memoir Listen Out Loud underscores the destructive changes to the industry during his forty-year career, including the shift in focus from artistic integrity to the pursuit of cold hard numbers. It's an intimate glimpse into the music world from a man with a keen eye, sharp ears, and a big heart.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780762791446
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 06/03/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ron Weisner began his career as a music manager in the 1960s at Buddah Records and worked with some of the most influential artists of the era. He managed Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Steve Winwood, and Curtis Mayfield, among other superstars. He has also spent decades producing television shows and special events for the likes of Beyonce and Chaka Khan. Alan Goldsher is the author of 14 books, including the acclaimed Beatles/horror comedy Paul Is Undead: The British Zombie Invasion. As a ghostwriter, he has collaborated with numerous celebrities and public figures. For more information, visit

Table of Contents

Foreword Gladys Knight vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Buddah 1

Chapter 2 Sports 27

Chapter 3 Knight 31

Chapter 4 Mayfield 40

Chapter 5 Withers 56

Chapter 6 Sha Na Na 64

Chapter 7 The Jacksons 75

Chapter 8 Michael 117

Chapter 9 Madonna 167

Chapter 10 Winwood 181

Chapter 11 McCartney 190

Chapter 12 Production 199

Epilogue: Music Biz 101 214

Postscript 219

Acknowledgments 235

Index 236

About the Authors 244

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