One Step Closer: From Xero to #1: Becoming Linkin Park

· Tantor Media Inc · Narrated by Jeff Blue
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6 hr 29 min
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The dramatic story of the unlikely partnership that led to Hybrid Theory, the biggest-selling debut album of the twenty-first century. From the unique perspective of the executive who discovered them, One Step Closer reveals how Brad Delson's college internship was a catalyst for a group of young musical visionaries, led by Mike Shinoda, which gave rise to a band that survived countless rejections, exceeded everyone's expectations but their own, and became the voice of a generation. This against-all-odds story chronicles the early days of Linkin Park, from their first demo and Whisky a Go Go performance as Xero, through their tireless efforts to perfect their iconic sound and the discovery of Chester Bennington. Jeff Blue was there when no one else believed-first as their publisher, then as their A and R guy. This is his memoir of that incredible journey. Riveting and inspiring, One Step Closer is a testament to perseverance, as well as a detailed behind-the-scenes account of the building of a dream and what it takes to make it.

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1 review
Monnize Sobrinho
November 2, 2021
This book was such an easy and fun read filled with dialogue and detailed memories. Jeff did a great job allowing us into his world and giving us a glimpse of the music industry from his side of fame. I finished the book wanting more, and being so inspired by the characters I fell in love with throughout. Whether or not you are a Linkin Park fan, this book is a clear and direct testament to perseverance, friendship, love, hard work, and passion. Whatever industry you're in, and especially if you're passionate about the entertainment industry. This story depicts countless rejections in an industry most don't get a glimpse of. The reader gains an appreciation and understanding of everyone working behind the scenes, giving it their all, for all of their dreams to come true. Jeff will make you feel like you're right there with him and the band through the humble beginnings. This book details everything it took for Linkin Park to make it. The book paints such a clear image of the characters since Jeff was so close with them. I was inspired to go back and really dig into EVERY word in their songs. This book really shed a lot of light into feelings behind the lyrics and into the souls behind all the fame. This book travelled with me to parks, on planes, and everywhere I had some free time to read until I was done. You won't want to put it down, and you may just want to pick it back up a second time! Truly such an inspiring story. Get yourself a copy!
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About the author

Jeff Blue is a multi-platinum A&R executive, producer, songwriter, music publisher, attorney, journalist, and manager whose acts have collectively sold over one-hundred million albums. He has been A&R at Warner Brothers, RCA, Interscope, Atlantic, Virgin, Jive Records, and Zomba Music.

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