Guardian Unlimited Books | The digested read: "Lou Levy, top man at Leeds Music Publishing, took me up in a taxi to West 70th Street. Outside the wind was blowing.
'Columbia have high hopes for you,' he said.
I'd met John Hammond at Columbia the previous week.
'Howdya get to town?' he asked.
'Jumped a freight train.'
It was pure hokum. But who wants truth, when you can buy the dream? "