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WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT 19th NERVOUS BREAKDOWN

Call it Diary of a Record Salesman except that doesn’t do this personal journey justice. Real, honest and poignant, not something you find every day in a business book.

                                                                                                    SETH GODIN: Author of Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? and Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers Into Friends and Friends Into Customers

Sales is service. If you don’t believe that, this book will change your mind.

                                                                                                 DOC SEARLS: co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business As Usual

I don’t know any other book quite like this one. To say I was touched and charmed would be an understatement. A love of many kinds of music fuses here with warmth for many kinds of people. And with acute affection for all the surprises that music and people can bring.

GREG SANDOW: Graduate Studies faculty, Juilliard

Having both done our time on the CD selling floor, Joe Zitt and I can tell you: On the front lines of retail, the folks on the floor often feel like cannon fodder.  I came through it with PTSD, Joe came out of it with a book that could revolutionize selling in the same way Sam Pocker’s Retail Anarchy changed buyers. From Von Karajan to Kate Bush, from Drag Queens in the Christmas spirit to distractable little old ladies who know exactly what they want, in Joe’s version of 19th Nervous Breakdown, when he sings, “Here it comes,” he’s talking about a sale.  Kerching!

                                                                    HANK BORDOWITZ: Author of Dirty Little Secrets of the Record Business: Why So Much Music You Hear Sucks

Zitt has a good eye for the absurd, and the humorous nature to navigate it. This is not blog imitating life, but life imitating blog.

RABBI RAMI SHAPIRO: author of The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness

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