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"When Radio Was King" by TC Tompkins is an absolute gem of a memoir. TC Thompkins, a music industry legend, takes us on a thrilling journey through his life and career, offering profound insights and unforgettable stories. Thompkins has worked with some of the greatest artists in history, like Sade, Luther Vandross, and Teddy Riley, and his personal and professional journey is nothing short of inspiring.
The book is cleverly divided into three parts: The Early Years, The Middle Years, and The Later Years. In each section, Thompkins shares the challenges and experiences that shaped his career, all while providing an inside look at how the music industry has evolved over the years. He also lets us in on the strategies and secrets behind his success in discovering, nurturing, and promoting talent, and offers valuable insights into the music business, from radio and marketing to distribution, streaming, and social media.
What sets this book apart are the captivating anecdotes about the artists he's worked with. Thompkins paints a vivid picture of their personalities, struggles, and triumphs, as well as their interactions with him and others in the industry. He even reveals the behind-the-scenes magic that led to some of the most iconic songs and albums topping the charts.
Beyond being a memoir, this book doubles as a history lesson and a mentorship guide for aspiring music professionals. Thompkins delivers a comprehensive overview of how the music industry has transformed from the '60s to today. His advice, rooted in decades of experience, is invaluable to anyone dreaming of a career in music.
In terms of errors or typos, I couldn't find a single one in "When Radio Was King" by TC Thompkins. The book is impeccably written and edited. I'd confidently give it 4 out of 5 stars. It's an engaging and enlightening read, brimming with insightful content, riveting stories, and invaluable information. The only reason I'm not giving it a perfect score is due to the occasional use of vulgar language, which might not sit well with some readers. For that reason, I'm deducting one star. But remember, that's just my take on the book.
"When Radio Was King" is a must-read for music enthusiasts and anyone curious about the inner workings of the industry. It's an inspiring and captivating book that sheds light on the life and accomplishments of a remarkable figure who's left an indelible mark on the music world.
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