Here Comes the Night

Here Comes the Night

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

Book - 2014
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Songwriter and record producer Bert Berns' meteoric career was fueled by his pending doom. His heart damaged by rheumatic fever as a youth, Berns was not expected to live to see 21. Although his name is little remembered today, Berns went from nobody to the top of the pops, producer of monumental r & b classics, songwriter of "Twist and Shout," "My Girl Sloopy," "Piece of My Heart," and others. His fury to succeed led Berns to use his Mafia associations to muscle Atlantic Records out of their partnership and intimidate new talents whom he had signed to his record label. Berns died at age 38 just when he was seeing his grandest plans frustrated and foiled.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2014]
ISBN: 9781619023024
Branch Call Number: 782.421643 B5311s 2014
Characteristics: 435 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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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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