Here Comes the Night

Here Comes the Night

The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm & Blues

eBook - 2014
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Here Comes the Night: Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues is both a definitive account of the New York rhythm and blues world of the early 60s, and the harrowing, ultimately tragic story of songwriter and record producer Bert Berns, whose meteoric career was fueled by his pending doom. His heart damaged by rheumatic fever as a youth, doctors told Berns he would not live to see twenty-one. Although his name is little remembered today, Berns worked alongside all the greats of the era - Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Ahmet Ertegun and Jerry Wexler, Burt Bacharach, Phil Spector, Gerry Goffin and Carole King, anyone who was anyone in New York rhythm and blues. In seven quick years, he went from nobody to the top of the pops - producer of monumental r&b classics, songwriter of "Twist and Shout,""My Girl Sloopy" and others. His fury to succeed led Berns to use his Mafia associations to muscle Atlantic Records out of a partnership and intimidate new talents like Neil Diamond and Van Morrison he signed to his record label, only to drop dead of a long expected fatal heart attack, just when he was seeing his grandest plans and life's ambitions frustrated and foiled.
Publisher: [United States] : Counterpoint : Made available through hoopla, 2014
ISBN: 9781619023789
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Sep 30, 2016

I rated this book high because it has MUCH music history.
As stated in the forward, history is written by the survivors, Wexler etc. Berns lived longer than expected and packed a lot into that time.
This book uses Berns story as a narrative on the final days of an era.
Highly recommended especially if you earlier read Wexler's book or any Atlantic or Ertegun biographys. Gives what would be called "The Rest of the Story."


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