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Rock On: An Office Power Ballad (edição 2008)

por Dan Kennedy (Autor)

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How do you land a sweet six-figure marketing gig at the hallowed record label known for having signed everyone from Led Zeppelin to Stone Temple Pilots? You start with a resume like Dan Kennedy's: * Dressed up as a member of Kiss every Halloween * Memorized Led Zeppelin IV at age ten * Fronted a lip-sync band in junior high * Worked as a college DJ while he was a college drop-out In his outrageous memoir, McSweeney's contributor Kennedy chronicles his misadventures at a major record label. Whether he's directing a gangsta rapper's commercial or battling his punk roots to create an ad campaign celebrating the love songs of Phil Collins, Kennedy's in way over his head. And from the looks of those sitting around the boardroom, he's not alone. Egomaniacs, wackos, incompetents, and executive assistants who know more than their seven-figure bosses round out this power-ballad to office life and rock and roll.… (mais)
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Título:Rock On: An Office Power Ballad
Autores:Dan Kennedy (Autor)
Informação:Algonquin Books (2008), 238 pages
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I didn't enjoy this one as much as his other book, Loser Goes First. And I ended up missing the book signing here in Atlanta which is what prompted me to read the book in the first place. ( )
  jlweiss | Apr 23, 2021 |
This was a whole lot funnier than I'd expected. Kennedy gets a job in advertising at a major record label just as the glory days of working at major music labels have waned. Everything's much less "rock'n'roll" and much more "bland corporate," but Kennedy's take on the whole thing is hilarious. The humor is deadpan and brilliant. And it's a reasonably telling peek into the music business during the clumsy transition from physical media to online. ( )
  melydia | Dec 25, 2018 |
Dan Kennedy is a McSweeneys' staple. In extreme-short form, he's often laugh-out-loud funny. As a personality to spend some time with, bookwise, he's more often annoyingly snarky than funny. I read DK's first (and snarky) memoir, let's call it a "snarkoir", I read it a few years ago and I'm happy to report that "Rock On" is indeed funnier. So there's at least that progress.

DK's latest snarkoir, which is about his life in the last financially-viable days of the music industry, a kind of Rock Goetterdaemerung (i.e., with lots of Wagnerian bombast and Valkyrie-like predatory shrieks from above, all shot against a really beautiful but dying sun) really takes off in the last few chapters, when DK's humanity comes more to the surface, in terms of honestly-expressed vulnerability.

And then I just listened to DK's B&N Podcast interview, which I'm very sad to report is twenty minutes of painfully unfunny snark. Someone needs to stage a snark intervention on Mr. DK (a snarktervention, if you will), the goal of which should be to get DK to express some kind of honestly-felt emotion in front of an audience of at least 23 strangers and for at least five contiguous minutes. If successful, I predict that DK could go on to become David Sedaris popular. He's that funny and wise.

(And who the hell am I to make such predictions? I'm just a fan, and a stranger to Dan.) ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
There is one transcendent passage in this book, where the author attends an Iggy Pop concert. Pick it up for that, the rest is dross. Self-consciously arch and constantly reaching for a postmodern hip ironic remove, it succeeds instead in painting a too-accurate picture of what reality TV has given us in lieu of interesting books. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
This book was funny, although not quite as funny his second book Loser Goes First. Dan Kennedy tells us what his brief stint at a recording label was like. He works in a corporate office on music that he isn't really that interested in. His job is creating commercials for the albums the label is producing. The funniest parts deal with his attempts to fit into the corporate culture of the label. Don't let the bizarre cover of this book throw you off. If you into American rock music, you'll enjoy all the references he throws in. ( )
  cblaker | Jan 5, 2013 |
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How do you land a sweet six-figure marketing gig at the hallowed record label known for having signed everyone from Led Zeppelin to Stone Temple Pilots? You start with a resume like Dan Kennedy's: * Dressed up as a member of Kiss every Halloween * Memorized Led Zeppelin IV at age ten * Fronted a lip-sync band in junior high * Worked as a college DJ while he was a college drop-out In his outrageous memoir, McSweeney's contributor Kennedy chronicles his misadventures at a major record label. Whether he's directing a gangsta rapper's commercial or battling his punk roots to create an ad campaign celebrating the love songs of Phil Collins, Kennedy's in way over his head. And from the looks of those sitting around the boardroom, he's not alone. Egomaniacs, wackos, incompetents, and executive assistants who know more than their seven-figure bosses round out this power-ballad to office life and rock and roll.

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