When Hollywood Had a King The Reign of Lew Wasserman, Who Leveraged Talent into Power and Influence (Paperback)
|Author: Connie Bruck|
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|In "When Hollywood Had a King, the distinguished journalist Connie Bruck tells the sweeping story of MCA and its brilliant leader, a man who transformed the entertainment industry-- businessman, politician, tactician, and visionary Lew Wasserman. |
The Music Corporation of America was founded in Chicago in 1924 by Dr. Jules Stein, an ophthalmologist with a gift for booking bands. Twelve years later, Stein moved his operations west to Beverly Hills and hired Lew Wasserman. From his meager beginnings as a movie-theater usher in Cleveland, Wasserman ultimately ascended to the post of president of MCA, and the company became the most powerful force in Hollywood, regarded with a mixture of fear and awe.
"From the Hardcover edition.
From the Publisher:
A narrative history of the Music Corporation of America traces the entertainment giant from its founding in 1924, through its move to Hollywood and rise to become the most powerful force in the film world under the visionary leadership of businessman, politician, and media power broker Lew Wasserman. Reprint. 30,000 first printing.
"[Gluck's] fascinating book, WHEN HOLLYWOOD HAD A KING...is a methodical portrait..." - Bernard Weinraub 06/22/2003 Nation
"[A] thorough, balanced and insightful biography, which is likely to stand as the definitive account of Wasserman's remarkable career, due not only to the quality of her reportage but also her exceptional sources....[A]n absorbing chronicle of both a man and a company that adds immeasurably to our understanding of both....WHEN HOLLYWOOD HAD A KING provides a rich and evenhanded view of Lew Wasserman." - Thomas Schatz 06/30/2003