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This new book takes a look at misogyny in the music industry

Back in February, I wrote a piece for about how the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements had the music industry terrified. After all, this entire business is based on a product that promotes and sells sex. And let’s not even get started on the groupie phenomenon. I wrote:

But finding justice for those abused at the hands of music industry types may prove to be more difficult than in other areas of the entertainment business. This entire industry was founded on sexual permissiveness and promiscuity. It’s designed to sell sex and fantasy. Awful behaviour has become entrenched, but institutionalized over the decades.

There have been some reckonings, but progress been slow. But things may heat up again now that a female executive has written a book about the misogyny she experienced over 25 years in the business.

Anything for a Hit, set for publication on September 4, will be the first book written by a woman about the music industry in the era of #MeToo. She details occasions where DJs were bribed with hookers and blow, how executives hired and promoted girlfriends and other examples of bad behaviour. Names are named.

The manuscript has been kept under very tight wraps. Some music industry executives have tried and failed to get an advance copy.

Can’t wait. This could be good. And people are nervous.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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