Set in the mid-1980’s Sunset Strip rock scene, Star Maker offers an all-access pass to the rise and fall of life in the music industry through the eyes of two up and coming stars: one aspiring executive and one aspiring artist.Kit McKenna was determined to make a new life by moving out to Los Angeles where the rock scene was taking off. Fueled by blind ambition, she gladlySet in the mid-1980’s Sunset Strip rock scene, Star Maker offers an all-access pass to the rise and fall of life in the music industry through the eyes of two up and coming stars: one aspiring executive and one aspiring artist.Kit McKenna was determined to make a new life by moving out to Los Angeles where the rock scene was taking off. Fueled by blind ambition, she gladly left behind her sordid past in a rock band as the primary songwriter. Being a big-shot entertainment attorney and record executive was her chosen path now.Once Kit landed in Hollywood, she quickly realized that the road was not paved in gold as she had thought. Rock bands were getting record deals almost weekly, but as a female manager she was constantly overlooked, not taken seriously, or even worse, harassed and propositioned. All of that changed one day when she signed Joe Arden to a legendary rock band as their flashy, new, lead guitarist, quickly turning him into a guitar god overnight. Then she met Sully Foxx, frontman of the struggling Sunset Strip rock band, Gypsy Tango and her whole life changed.Sully had talent in spades. Kit recognized it from the moment he took the stage and started singing. She was already in over her head managing other bands on the Strip and juggling law school, but she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to manage Gypsy Tango. They were her diamond in the rough. She knew she could take them to that coveted spot that marked success: a seven figure record deal.Despite the long hours, egomaniacs, and chauvinistic battles Kit was rising to the top and taking Gypsy Tango with her. Her focus was sharp, her desire strong, and her will unstoppable. And with Sully’s constant support and love, she felt invincible. But when things start to go off the rails and the success gets too big to manage for Joe and Gypsy Tango, Kit has to make tough choices that not only affect the band’s future, but her own....
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star maker Reviews
I really enjoyed this book - maybe a little too much. It started to remind me of my own age! The 1980s in LA is a time and place I remember too well. And this book reads like a realistic memoir of the period. But in so many ways, it is a tale of the human desire for excellence. Our young heroine, Kit McKenna, moved out to LA like so many others in search of fame and fortune. But in her case, she was not just another starry-eyed wannabe. Kit had already lived her rock and roll life back home. And she had her eyes on a different prize - she was in law school wanting to pursue a career as an entertainment lawyer and manager. But she had to juggle all of these things at once. She had just moved to a new city, enrolled in law school, and was actively managing bands which were getting more and more popular. It is a compelling story that is sort of a period piece and reminds me in some ways of movies like The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, and Get Shorty which I think of as classic LA stories. Well written, and fun to read.
I've never watched a movie or read a story based on an aspiring record executive. I always envisioned them as the big overlords who decided whether or not you could reach fame. Following Kit’s story really helped me realizing how difficult achieving your dreams can be behind the stage instead of in front of the mike. It was interesting to watch Kit try to make it with Gypsy Tango despite working in a macho and chauvinistic environment. Eventually, would be faced with a difficult decision about her own priorities that would affect everyone. All in all, it was an incredibly entertaining book.
Its a very good readThe book took me back in time. The character description, environment description, all of them were flawless. The book utilizes a rock background to depict the oppression women had to go through and the struggle they had to do to succeed, which is fabulous. What really gets to me is that how little this struggle and hard times have changed now. It's a really inspiring story and the plot just surrounded me. Overall, its a really good read.