CHAPTER 2

Sex, Drugs, and the Business of Rock-and-Roll

Some went to business school; I managed a rock band. (Guess who had more fun?)

Sometimes a business can be started by accident. In 1972, I was a twenty-three-year-old aspiring poet. Launching a new business was the last thing on my mind, but that's exactly what happened. I unintentionally took the helm of a new company, and the experience was a wild ride of self-discovery. Although it would be another thirteen years before I fully embraced the idea of being an entrepreneur, my initial foray into the start-up world taught me a tremendous amount about what it takes to succeed.

An Unlikely Mentor

Two years earlier, I'd let my friends at Boston University convince me to become a musician. ...

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