Book Review: Gods, Gangsters & Honor: A Rock n’ Roll Odyssey

By Steven Machat

(paperback) $19.95

Machat’s memoir is a cautionary tale for anyone flirting with the idea of pursuing a music career. The manager-attorney shows how the glitter and glamor too often disguise a crude and cruel reality, and how he found himself wondering whether it is possible to maintain any sense of honor inside such a world. Frank Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, Freddie Mercury, Michael Jackson, Sharon Osbourne, Phil Collins, Suge Knight, Tupac, Biggie, Phil Spector, Donny Osmond, Bobby Brown, Peter Gabriel and others populate this occasionally ragged but consistently enlightening book.