Once Upon A Record by Geoffrey K Weule
'Once Upon A Record' takes the reader behind the usually sacrosanct doors of the music industry...
Geoffrey Weule has worked, with some of the greatest names in music and entertainment. His career, spanning more than half a century, covered record retail, record companies, artist management, music, video publishing and live shows.
His open and frank style of writing reveals a personal story of an entertainment industry that has changed dramatically. His stories, always deliciously told, will amaze and entertain. Very few of us managed to go shopping with Michael Jackson, have a beer with Slim Dusty, champagne with Dame Joan Sutherland, or nearly get murdered in Hollywood.
Forsaking a promising singing career, Geoffrey chose to adopt a lower profile behind-the-scenes of the entertainment business, and in doing so has been able to document a tantalising account of a truly remarkable life, and a glimpse of times past.
“There's lots of gossip and name-dropping in the book and of course, this makes for a tasty read. When Geoff first suggested he was going to write an autobiography, I admit I groaned a little thinking, 'is there enough meat on the bone?', I hereby eat my words. The book is a delight to read.
Geoff has a conversational style, which brings his stories, his characters and history alive, and above all, it has a warmth that makes you feel comfortable. He brings the reader into his world.”
“Intriguing book from the man who first auditioned AC/DC!
Bet you didn't know that... Although for some reason they're hardly mentioned, but I know Geoffrey still has a great fondness for them.. but so much more to a remarkable lifetime in and around the music business and beyond.”
“Lesson learned: be prepared to grasp every opportunity. Opportunities for new skills including communications at all levels, new technologies, new jobs and new travel experiences. Respect the past but don't hang onto it.
These are some of the messages coming out of Geoff Weule's book "Once Upon a Record" which follows his dazzling career through the music industry in several countries and over five decades when he took on many challenging roles and met most of the big players in the world of entertainment. Compulsory reading for any young person with a desire and the will to go places.”
“A fun read for music lovers and people who enjoy a good story.
The book is entertaining and has lots of great stories and insights. It was interesting to read about how the music industry changed and adapted as new technology became available.
I think lovers of music will find this book a fun read and recommend it unreservedly.”
“A fascinating insight into the world of contemporary music in Australia.
This book is a valuable addition to the literature; so little has been written about the early days of "pop" recordings and the goings on of the industry in Australia. It should prove very useful as a reference tool to researchers. So much of popular music is transitory, popular groups are famous one minute and then gone the next. However, with a book like this, the reader is able to flesh out the missing gaps in the popular literature, which focuses on the stars, and little about how they came to be so, or the industry behind their success.
It's a very interesting read and highly recommended from this reader!”