Former Atlantic Records A & R employee Dorothy Carvello has claimed the music industry was like “a circus mixed with an orgy,” in her new tell-all book, RadarOnline.com can exclusively report.
In another eye-opening salvo for the #MeToo movement, Carvello has written Anything for a Hit: An A&R Woman’s Story of Surviving the Music Industry.
Carvello, now 56, began working at Atlantic Records as a secretary to legendary exec Ahmet Ertegun (who died at age 83 in 2006), beginning in 1987 — and hoped it would be a world of glitz and glamour.
Instead, the Brooklyn native found the music industry was a “culture of toxic masculinity” where drugs and misogyny ran rampant.
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Carvello contends she was sexually, physically and professionally harassed into leaving a dream job that turned into a nightmare.
Excerpts obtained by Radar show Carvello’s revelations of the sleaze behind the scenes.
She wrote of her job, “There was no honeymoon. I was plunged headfirst into what I can only describe as a circus mixed with an orgy.”
Carvello recalled how she went to get Eretgun’s signature on financial papers at a recording studio: “When I arrived, I found Ahmet in the control room, pants and underwear down to the floor [engaged in a sex act].”
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While Ertegun was a legend in the music biz as the Atlantic label popularized such artists as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones, according to Carvello, “Ahmet lived hard. His nightly routine was 14 vodka tonics, four lines of coke and two joints. This usually came after smoking several joints in the Atlantic bathroom and having a few drinks in his office during the day.
“When he’d get f__ked up, he’d leave credit cards aall over town, and since I typed his nightly itinerary, he often needed my help to retrieve his personal effects the next day.
Carvello’s book also claims that, “Everything was about sex at Atlantic. Discussing sex and having sex took up a large part of the day, and there was always time for pleasure on Ahmet’s watch. I learned to be careful entering any office, because some executives watched pornography behind closed doors.”
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According to Carvello, Ertegun “just wanted to play. He needed an entire entourage to help him function—enables, drug dealers, hookers, groupies, hangers-on, bodyguards, and yes, his secretary. I became his unofficial cleaner.”
She recalled, “By the end of the night, his clothes were usually encrusted with cocaine or vomit or both, and he needed a good wiping down.”
Carvello wrote that after being on the job for just a few weeks, “I stepped into the elevator with two executives. Somehow between floors two and one, they pulled my skirt down to the floor.”
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