Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me: A Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock and Roll

Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me: A Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock and Roll

by Howard Bloom


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Howard Bloom—called "the greatest press agent that rock and roll has ever known" by Derek Sutton, the former manager of Styx, Ten Years After, and Jethro Tull—is a science nerd who knew nothing about popular music. But he founded the biggest PR firm in the music industry and helped build or sustain the careers of our biggest rock-and-roll legends, including Michael Jackson, Prince, Bob Marley, Bette Midler, Billy Joel, Billy Idol, Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, David Byrne, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Queen, Kiss, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC, ZZ Top, Joan Jett, Chaka Khan, and one hundred more. What was he after? He was on a hunt for the gods inside of you and me. Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me is Bloom's story—the strange tale of a scientific expedition into the dark underbelly of science and fame where new myths and movements are made.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493051670
Publisher: Backbeat
Publication date: 04/15/2020
Pages: 440
Sales rank: 330,297
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Based in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Howard Bloom has been called “next in a lineage of seminal thinkers that includes Newton, Darwin, Einstein, [and] Freud” by Britain’s Channel 4 TV, and “the next Stephen Hawking” by Gear magazine. One of Bloom’s seven books, Global Brain, was the subject of an Office of the Secretary of Defense symposium with participants from the State Department, the Energy Department, DARPA, IBM, and MIT.

Table of Contents

Foreword Joan Jett ix

1 Michael Jackson Is Dead 1

2 Confessions of a Musical Klutz 9

3 Hunting the Gods Inside 11

4 How I Accidentally Started the Sixties 17

5 The Einstein Imperative 21

6 A Tale of Two Hormones-A Brief History of Pop 39

7 Inventing the Heavy-Metal Magazine 49

8 The Kennedy Assassination, the Watergate Break-in, and, Well, Ummm, Me … Sort Of 53

9 How Vince Furnier Became Alice Cooper 61

10 The Case of the Headless Record Company 69

11 You Fucking Nun … Stephanie Mills, Napoleon, and The Wiz 77

12 Dot Records and Country Crossover-Breaking Out of the Bible Belt 87

13 Blood in the Corridors 93

14 ZZ Top-Taking Texas to the World 107

15 The Birth of Disco-Firemen Come Out of the Closet 119

16 Ralph MacDonald-The Man with Atomic Clock Fingers 125

17 Working Miracles-Saturday Night Fever 133

18 Chris Blackwell and Betty Davis-The Man Who Made Reggae 137

19 Buddha Records-The Face Drained by the Mob 143

20 The Secret Policeman's Ball-Planting Amnesty International 149

21 Genesis-The Band That Wouldn't Talk 151

22 Peter Gabriel-The Rocker Who Got Computers Right 153

23 The Police-Punk and the Dad Who Co-Founded the CIA 157

24 Al Green and Cream Records-The Mecca of Memphis 163

25 Soul and Passion Points-Meet the Geese Who Fall in Love With, Well, With You 167

26 Supertramp-Escaping the Industrial Nightmare 173

27 Simon and Garfunkel Reunite 179

28 The Man Who Bit the Head Offa Bat-Ozzy Osbourne 183

29 Joan Jett-The Story of the Singing Fist 187

30 Lessons from Joan Jett-Power Moms 193

31 REO Speedwagon-The House That Slid Into a Better Neighborhood 197

32 Styx-The Man Who Saw the Future 203

33 Queen, Soul, South America 213

34 Bob Marley-Turning Dying Into Living 217

35 Earth, Wind, and Fire-the Path to Prince 229

36 Prince 233

37 Prince's Puppets 241

38 Purple Rain 251

39 Rap-Shit All Over Your Face 267

40 John Mellencamp-Hurt So Good 275

41 Bob Guccione Jr.-The Slaughter of the Hutu and the Tutsis 295

42 How MTV Came to Be 301

43 Billy Idol-The Client Who Almost Died 303

44 Billy Joel-Dumbed Down by Love … and by Christie Brinkley 309

45 Lionel Richie-I Failed 315

46 Bette Midler and the Talking Dog 319

47 The Stars I Could Not Grok 325

48 The PMRC-The Witches of Washington 331

49 Who Killed Michael Jackson? 339

50 Michael Jackson's Sexual Crucifixion 361

51 Perceptual Imprisonment 367

52 Sickness-The Blade of CFS 371

Notes 381

Index 405

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