"Wages of Spin II: Bring Down That Wall" Synopsis
The "Wages of Spin II" continues to weave the narrative thread
established with the acclaimed (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, over 1000
PBS affiliate airings-featured on Entertainment Tonight) first
installment. In post-payola scandal America, the recording industry
turned to new methods to game the free market of creative content in its
favor. Little do millions of Americans know that the soundtrack of their
lives, the hits they hummed on the way to school to work and to play,
were handpicked by a seedy consortium of Record Labels Executives,
Promotion Men, Organized Crime Figures and Radio Programmers/DJ's in a
ruthless battle for radio airtime which drove record sales.
The story is deeper and more tragic than just the songs that got
airtime and the artists who got short-changed, but those artists who
didn't get airtime and were condemned to a lifetime of anonymity because
of a system that relied on crooked independent promotion men who created
a safety buffer for their clients (record labels). The recording
industry was also deeply infiltrated by and beholden to organized crime
families and their cronies even in the upper levels of corporate
management. The Wages of Spin II also explores a DOJ investigation into
MCA that was shut down by The DOJ hierarchy and the quid pro quo history
of Ronald Reagan, Lew Wasserman and MCA and how that relationship
impacted the aforementioned DOJ investigation and the relationship
of several key members of Reagan's hierarchy and MCA and MCA executives
and organized crime families.
The Story is About...
- Crooked independent promotion men (many of whom had ties to organized crime families) who created a safety-buffer for their clients (Record Labels).
- The power of The Network (independent promoters) to pick winners and losers in a rigged system.
- The Network shutting out Pink Floyds "Another Brick In The Wall" single due to CBS Records refusal not to pay the "Indies". (As told by Dick Asher Deputy President of CBS Records).
- The Networks ties to Organized Crime via the independent promotion men and record labels executives allocating funds to independent promotion men in exchange for kickbacks.
- Organized crime infiltration into the record industry.
- Tens of millions of dollars distributed to the independent promotion men to secure radio airtime.
- A division head of MCA directly connected to organized crime threatening Edwin Meese to shutdown the investigation into MCA and the investigation being shut down shortly afterwards.
- Two division heads of MCA being directly connected to mob families.
- The feud between two MCA executives that was resolved by John Gotti.
- Lew Wasserman's history/relationship with organized crime and Ronald Reagan.
- Wasserman bringing organized crime members into MCA and mentoring them.
- An alleged 50 million dollar pay off to Irving Azoff to walk away from MCA.
- The political players and White House circumvention of the Department of a Justice Investigation into MCA.
- The investigation into MCA (and wiretaps) being shutdown and sealed and the tapes disappearing from a secured government facility in Maryland.
- Two DOJ strike force prosecutors careers being ruined for refusing not to pursue MCA after being told to by their superiors in Washington D.C. to do so.