Thorndike Press

Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, from Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince

  • Peter Ames Carlin
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  • ISBN-10: 1432887769
  • ISBN-13: 9781432887766
  • DDC: 338
  • Shipping Weight: 1.40 lbs ( .64 kgs)
  • 528 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released June 2021

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A New York Times Bestselling Author

The roster of Warner Brothers Records and its labels reads like the roster of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But the most compelling figures in the Warner Bros. story are the sagacious Mo Ostin and the unlikely crew of hippies, eccentrics, and execs who were the first in the music business to read the generational writing on the wall in the 1960s. Ostin and his staff transformed an out-of-touch company into the voice of a generation. Their story is as raucous as it is inspiring, entertainment that maps a route to that holy grail: love and money.


Customer Reviews

“Music journalist Carlin (Bruce) relays in his characteristic colorful style how music mogul Mo Ostin built Warner Bros. Records into an industry leader . . . Those looking for a gossipy tell-all won’t find one here; Ostin stuck with a formula, trusted and invested in his artists, took the music seriously, and honored the intelligence and taste of his customers. This brisk portrait of the man who made Warner Bros. into a powerhouse offers essential reading on the business and history of popular music.”

— Publishers Weekly

“[Mo] Ostin and his cowboys rode off into a sunset that grows ever darker as the record business declines, but Carlin captures their glory days without sentimentality or untoward nostalgia . . . Fans of LP–era rock will enjoy Carlin’s knowledgeable deep dive.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Carlin chronicles this unusual bit of popular music history in a breezy and irreverent style, a perfect match for the story, and seems almost to disbelieve that such a record company once existed. An entertainingly informative read.”

— Booklist

“Carlin’s spring-loaded narrative keeps the reader involved, and characterizing the empathetic side of some of the outsize personalities humanizes the Warner mythos.”

— Library Journal