In this autobiography, Richard Perry talks of his life's triumphs and its adversities. Overcoming polio, he became a successful high jumper on his high school track and field team. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in music and theater , he started his own record production company. After moving to Los Angeles, California, in the late 1960s, he quickly established himself as a producer of hit records including Harry Nilsson's Nilsson Schmilsson. Diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 2003, he continued to work and to write.


Richard Perry is one of the greatest record producers of all time and this book captures all the excitement behind launching the countless hits he has helped create. With great style and charm, his story spans the last fifty years of popular music and is a thoroughly delightful and fascinating read.

-- Clive Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Sony Music


Richard Van Perry (born June 18, 1942) is an American record producer. He began as a performer in his adolescence while attending Poly Prep, his high school in Brooklyn. After graduating from college he rose through the late 1960s and early 1970s to become a successful and popular record producer with more than 12 gold records to his credit by 1982. From 1978 to 1983, he ran his own record label, Planet Records, which scored a string of hits with the main act on its roster, pop/R&B group The Pointer Sisters. After Planet's sale to RCA Records, Perry continued his work in the music industry as an independent producer. With hit records stretching from the 1960s through the 2000s, his successful modern releases include albums by Rod Stewart and Carly Simon.