Stiffed: A True Story Of MCA, The Music Business, And The Mafia
Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business, and the Mafia
Knoedelseder takes readers behind the scenes of an event that began with a minor tax inquiry into MCA Records, and exploded into an all-out investigation that turned up extortion, bribery, payola, counterfeiting, and murder. "A fascinating picture of a tangled music deal."--Billboard. Photos.
From Publishers Weekly
Though former Los Angeles Times reporter Knoedelseder has dug up much dirt, his fast-paced tale of music industry nefariousness suffers from convoluted detail. In 1984 a minor tax investigation sics Justice Department attorney Marvin Rudnick on Sal Pisello, a reputed mobster who had planted himself inside MCA Records managing sales of budget "cutout" discs. The story eventually involves strange upheavals inside MCA, a counterfeiting ring, a corrupt cutout dealer who turns on the Mafia, and a band of dishonest record promoters. As Rudnick probes deeper, he faces threats from MCA and odd pressure from his superiors. Knoedelseder suggests that a greater scandal has been missed because the Justice Department, under Attorney General Ed Meese, backed off from making a deeper inquiry into mob involvement in the record industry. Knoedelseder's effort to weave together several court cases, competing investigations and...