‘MANSION’ ON THE NET

New music biz book to be excerpted online

Execs in the music industry are buzzing about “Mansion on the Hill,” the about-to-be-released tome by scribe Fred Goodman. Now onliners will also be able to read about the rise of such seminal figures as David Geffen, Bruce Springsteen and manager Jon Landau on the Microsoft Network.

The online service has pacted with Times Books for an exclusive serialization of the tome which chronicles the “Head-On Collision of Rock and Commerce,” according to its subtitle.

First serialization

The pact marks the first exclusive online serialization of a major trade book.

The serialization, which will be presented in four weekly installments beginning Jan. 16, will bow on the Music Central interactive guide. It will also include artist bios, song clips and interview soundbites to “enrich the text” of Goodman’s book.

‘Unique project’

“I knew that MSN would appreciate the book for what it was, and that together we could create a unique project that was more than just a magazine article on screen,” said Goodman, a 20-year vet of the industry and a former editor for Billboard and Rolling Stone.

The eagerly awaited book begins with the 1960s music scene and chronicles the rise of the modern-day music industry through more than 200 interviews and profiles of such music legends as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Springsteen and the Eagles.

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