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And Party Every Day

The Inside Story of Casablanca Records
Narrated by: Larry Harris
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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Now it can be told! The true, behind-the-scenes story of Casablanca Records, from an eyewitness to the excess and insanity. Casablanca was not a product of the 1970s, it was the 1970s. From 1974 to 1980, the landscape of American culture was a banquet of hedonism and self-indulgence, and no person or company in that era was more emblematic of the times than Casablanca Records and its magnetic founder, Neil Bogart. From his daring first signing of Kiss, through the discovery and superstardom of Donna Summer, Village People, and funk master George Clinton and his circus of freaks—Parliament-Funkadelic—to the descent into the manic world of disco, this book charts Bogart’s meteoric success and eventual collapse under the weight of uncontrolled ego and hype. It is a compelling tale of ambition, greed, excess, and some of the era’s biggest music acts.

©2009 Larry Harris (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“The book contains detailed evidence of the chaotic manipulation of the music charts in the wild days before computer scanning. This fell mostly under Harris’ purview, and he offers fascinating insight on what these legendary ‘promo men’ did back in the day.” ( L.A. Weekly)

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  • David Mulliganl
  • 21-03-19

This audio book was superb in my opinion.

I’ve always enjoyed the artists,and music that happened to come through Casablanca Records. Donna Summer, The Village People, Kiss, Pattie Brooks, Cher, Love, & Kisses. SantaEsmeralda, Parliament etc. The list of artists are so long; I could go on forever. Much of the behind the scenes in regards to the artists is covered in a very raw, and in your face way.
The narrative style is refreshingly unapologetic. This audio book is Juicy, and let’s it all hang out with a kind of a-matter of fact in its delivery to the listener.
Being a huge fan of all kinds of music, and being a big fan of the late Donna Summer I would buy all of her music. The fact that Donna Summers music just happened to be part of the Casablanca music catalog was just a normal reality at the time. Through my love of Donna Summers wonderful Disco hits, I began to check out other artists that came out of Casablanca Records. During that memorable time in my youth; I began to notice that so many of the big hits of that point, and time where coming from Casablanca Records. The music always satisfied my ears, as well as getting my body into the groove.
Casablanca Records always delivered big time!! I kid you not.
If you where a thriving young party animal, as I was during the 70’s and 80’s you’ll know just what I mean. 😜👍
This audio book truly gave my minds eye a clear image of all the behind the scene workings of the Casablanca Record Company, and all of it’s players during its hay day. Mr. Larry Harris narrated this audio book so perfectly that I could almost feel the atmosphere, and mood in each chapter. There is no denying that this audio book was worth my time, and was a true ear full of sweet tidbits on the staff, and artists of Casablanca Records at that time. I had no idea that there was so much more to Casablanca Record Company, and that so much was going on behind the scene. This audio book takes the listener from the infancy of Casablanca Records to Casablanca Records 21st Century style, and it’s change of hands. One thing is certain as far as I’m concerned.; this Audiobook was truly enjoyable. And Party Every Day: The inside story of Casablanca Records delivered hours of entertainment.
I simply loved it!!

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  • Steve Blum
  • 16-09-20

KISS fan

I am a huge KISS fan and it was really neat to hear the history of the record company that took a chance on them, even while the record company itself was in its infancy

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  • Jerry Geleff
  • 05-09-18

Fascinating

Being a child of the seventies, and a huge KISS fan for most of my life, this book is great. A lot of background, behind the scenes stuff that we fans didn't know, told by a guy who lived it.

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  • Dalton
  • 09-03-17

Loved it!

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  • Sergio Minacori
  • 07-02-17

Great detail about a great Record Company!!!

If anybody wants to know in detail about Casablanca Records, listen to this story it's a great and interesting story about a time in music that was so important and that introduced some great artist. Larry Harris in a great narrator very well spoken speaker.....Enjoy!!! R.I.P. Neil Bogart

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  • William
  • 07-11-16

A great historical story

This should be curriculum for music schools and start up record labels. Great book from start to finish.

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  • montecarlostar
  • 29-08-15

Exclusive information about Casablanca records

If you could sum up And Party Every Day in three words, what would they be?

Party Every Day

What other book might you compare And Party Every Day to and why?

Nothing to Lose: The Making of KISS, they both tell the story of successful entrepreneurship in the music business.

Which character – as performed by Larry Harris – was your favorite?

Himself - As it was the only character he performed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yeah, it made me laugh several times, especially when he mentioned how ugly the original KISS members were without makeup.

Any additional comments?

The first chapters are a little boring, but it gets interesting once he gets past his early like and start talking about Casablanca records.

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  • Armando
  • 08-05-15

Inside view

This book is an amazing inside view of what the record industry was, the good & the bad. A great read for any bin surfers.

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  • Michael
  • 10-03-15

I love this book

Amazingly insightful... I wish there was more! I've listened to this at least 5 times all the way thru already

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  • scott schmitz
  • 03-02-15

Amazing!

Great Job Larry! As informative as this book is, what I cherish most is its ability to put you in a place in time that was very special to me. You could feel larry's emotion in every word. Best book I have enjoyed in years