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Palm Beach decorating: A good book and comfy chair make a perfect Father’s Day’s gift

These days, if you ask for my help in selecting a good read, I’m likely to suggest Dorothy Carvello’s inside story about the music business…

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Evelyn McDonnell Nominated for LA Press Club Award


For her review of memoirs by Tina Turner & Dorothy Carvello for the New York Times.

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The Manhandling of Rock ‘N’ Roll History

Less than 8 percent of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s inductees are women. Time for it to step up and induct an all-female class in 2020…

 
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Music’s #MeToo Reckoning and Who Really Cleans Up After Rock’s So-Called Excess

The aftermath of a Times exposé about Ryan Adams is still brewing, and an industry-wide cultural reckoning is still overdue. But what’s to come might foster a new generation of female talent…

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Rock-Your-World Moments Fill New Music Memoirs

“Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry” goes a long way toward explaining the culture of misogyny that, at best, looked the other way as women were mistreated and, at worst, cultivated abuse.

 
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Good Day New York: Dorothy Carvello Interview

The music industry insider writes a tell-all, 'Anything for a Hit.'


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Rock and Roll Book Club: Dorothy Carvello's 'Anything for a Hit’

Imagine this scenario. You're a woman in the music industry, and you walk in to greet a professional peer. He looks up from his piano and says, "Why are you wearing a red bra?" You reply, "Why are you looking down my shirt?" You both...laugh? Yep. This cringe-worthy incident (the man is Frank DiLeo) counts as one of the happier moments in Dorothy Carvello's memoir…

 
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'Anything For A Hit' Exclusive Book Excerpt: Atlantic Records in the '80s Was Like Plunging Into 'A Circus Mixed with an Orgy'

In an exclusive excerpt from her memoir Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry, the author recalls her harrowing experience working for Atlantic Records in a pre-#MeToo record industry...

 
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Exposé of Shady Music Biz of Decades Past Has Today's Record Labels Abuzz

The book, which sheds light on some shady business practices and heinous behavior that women in the music business have endured from their male counterparts over the years, comes as the #MeToo movement continues to build…

 
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‘It Was A Porn Movie’: Atlantic’s First Female A&R Exec Reveals the Worst of the Music Industry

“Men are going to try to break you,” one of Dorothy Carvello’s teachers told her in grade school — and, she says, they were words that seemed to prove true every day she worked in the record industry…

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Songwriters Hall of Fame CEO Linda Moran Talks About Being 'Godmother' to Music's Top Execs and Artists

“If Linda ever wrote a book, people would be in prison,” says Dorothy Carvello, an Atlantic A&R person in the 1980s who detailed a culture of unrestrained misbehavior and sexual harassment -- a “circus mixed with an orgy” -- in her own tell-all, Anything for a Hit….

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How #MeToo is making once-beloved songs and artists strike a sour note

As #MeToo gathers volume in the music industry, some DJs and artists are pulling the plug on accused-predator musicians and creepy-in-retrospect lyrics…

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EP 91: Interview with Dorothy Carvello

When we read Dorothy Carvello‘s memoir Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry we were blown away. Dorothy had a life-long dream of working in the music industry and when the opportunity arose to work for Atlantic Records President Ahmet Ertegun…

 
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Dorothy Carvello’s Book


If “Anything For A Hit” was written by a man it would be a best-seller. Every, and I mean EVERY wannabe should devour this book. Because it delineates the game and how it is played, and it’s much worse than you’ve ever dreamed.

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Book Review: Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry – Dorothy Carvello 

Anything For A Hit takes the reader inside the offices of the biggest record labels and provides a jaw dropping look at what really happens behind closed (and sometimes open) doors. The book describes many of the underhanded tactics executives would take at the expense of others.

 
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New book details misogyny in music industry

A new book about the glory days of the music industry will expose the abuses of women that went along with the sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. Dorothy Carvello — whose 25-year career in the business included five years under Atlantic Records legend Ahmet Ertegun — is the first woman in the #MeToo era to write a book about the music industry...

 
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'Anything For A Hit' Author Dorothy Carvello on #MeToo and Music: 'Men Are Not the Enemy'

While working at Atlantic Records from 1987-1990, when, she says, she was fired for complaining about the misogynistic treatment she suffered at the hands of the virtually all-male executive staff there, Dorothy Carvello realized that the diaries she had been keeping could make a good book....

 
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Drugs, Hookers & Sexual Harassment: Music Industry Secrets Exposed In Salacious Tell All

Former Atlantic Records A & R employee Dorothy Carvello has claimed the music industry was like “a circus mixed with an orgy" in her new tell-all book, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report. In another eye-opening salvo for the #MeToo movement, Carvello has written Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry.

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Sony May Have Dropped R. Kelly, But They’re Still Profiting From His Old Songs

After years of pressure peaked with the much-watched debut of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, Sony subsidiary RCA Records finally dropped the singer from its roster…

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Former Music Executive: ‘We Must Come Forward and Name Our Abusers’

I grew up in a middle-class family in Brooklyn, N.Y. Back then, the boys in the ’hood dubbed me Bossy Bebe. “Bossy” was a term of shame for a girl — we weren’t supposed to be bosses. I cried when they teased me, but I had a clear vision of how things should be...

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Record industry sexism exposed in new tell-all book

A new book seeks to expose rampant sex and drugs in the music industry — not only enjoyed by artists, but by the misogynistic record-company executives who sign them to their labels. Dorothy Carvello — who started out as Ahmet Ertegun’s secretary and became the first female A&R exec at Atlantic Records in the late 1980s...

 
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Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry

In this hard-hitting, profanity-laced tell-all recounting 19 years at some of the biggest recording companies, Carvello takes readers inside the pre-digital music industry of the 1960s through the ’80s. At age 24, Carvello became secretary to Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records, and describes his tirades that fostered a company culture of “toxic masculinity...”

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Porn, sex toys, cocaine, a Rolodex of groupies and boasts about manhood size - the sordid truth about life inside Atlantic Records

Dorothy Carvello, the first female A&R executive for Atlantic Records, has lifted the lid on the culture of sexual harassment in the music industry in the 1980s. In Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman's Story of Surviving the Music Industry, Carvello details her time working under music mogul Ahmet Ertegun...

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Atlantic Records in the '80s Was Like Plunging Into a 'Circus Mixed with an Orgy!'

Dorothy Carvello thought she was stepping into a world of glitz and glamour in 1987 when she landed a job as secretary to legendary Atlantic Records exec Ahmet Ertegun -- the man who signed everyone from Aretha Franklin to Led Zeppelin. 

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Sex abuse was rampant in the ‘80s music industry

Dorothy Carvello remembers the first time she was sexually battered by music-industry legend Ahmet Ertegun, the then-chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, the company he founded in 1947. The man who discovered Ray Charles, palled around with Mick Jagger and signed an emerging Led Zeppelin...