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A former Atlantic Records exec who penned a tell-all about rampant sexism in the music biz has set her sights on Nashville — the epicenter of the booming country music industry.
Dorothy Carvello — who started out as music mogul Ahmet Ertegun’s secretary in the ’80s and became the first female A&R exec at Atlantic — published her debut book, “Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry” in 2018. The explosive memoir dished on abusive execs, and included insider anecdotes on Michael Jackson, Madonna, Steven Tyler, Bon Jovi, INXS and more.
Her follow-up is a novel — but she told Page Six, “All the characters in the Nashville book will be recognizable. People will be guessing.”
Carvello explained of the country scene: “Nashville is a hot market, but it’s a good ol’ boys network. They don’t want to let anyone else in, but they have to, because the business is getting bigger.” She said of execs’ behavior: “There is such hypocrisy. They all belong to a church, and meanwhile they’re breaking every commandment.”
She also says of the genre’s awards: “There are secret committees and backroom deals . . . and it’s very tough to break in.”
Armed with extensive experience working in the music industry, she said, “I am going to expose the hypocrites in the music business and start outing these people. It’s a closed community. They’ve been running the show for years, and there are no women running record companies. Everyone goes along with the racism and misogyny. They do whatever they want to do.”
Vanity Fair recently wrote that country has had “practices that kept progressives and most women from becoming major stars for years.”
Carvello — who’s putting the finishing touches on the tome, “Music City” — told us, “The female artists and executives are cast aside by the men . . . It’s a money train. The book is a microcosm of the abusive music business and how it grinds out artists.”
She’s next shopping the book to publishers.
Some country artists have been speaking out recently about the behind-the-scenes practices of the industry. Rissi Palmer — the first African-American woman to hit the country charts in 20 years, with her debut single in 2007 — alleged in a an NPR interview this year: “I remember, like, when I first came out, I was a supporter of Barack Obama, and I performed at the Democratic convention. And I remember my record label not wanting me to post pictures of it… of me there. And I was, like, ‘I’m posting my pictures. I don’t care.’”
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