Steven Machat exposes the music industry in "Gods, Gangsters & Honour"

"Gods, Gangsters & Honour" by Steven Machat Beautiful Books

"Gods, Gangsters & Honour" by Steven Machat
Beautiful Books

(CBS News) Steven Machat, son of famous entertainment lawyer Marty Machat, decided to follow in his father's footsteps and pursue a career in what he thought was an industry of glitz and glamour.

But, in his "tell-all" book, "Gods, Gangsters & Honour," he exposes the reality behind the industry and how those who are seen as gods can also be seen as gangsters.

Machat's father represented some of the greats of his time including Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Frankie Valli and Sam Cooke.

"I wanted nothing to do with Frank Sinatra," Machat told CBSNews.com of his first meeting with Sinatra when he was only 16. "I thought this is my parents' thing, but that man was really a trip. I've met many, many people, but when you've met Frank Sinatra, you've met Frank Sinatra."

Machat later went on to pursue a career of his own representing the artists of his generation, including Ozzy Osbourne, Snoop Dogg, Peter Gabriel and many more.

"I just followed in my father's footsteps and it became a license that allowed me to travel the world," said Machat.

His new world was filled with highs and lows, but over time he saw the devastating effects of the industry.

"I had Ozzy Osbourne [as a client] when he got arrested peeing on the Alamo, and what did I do?" asked Machat. "We gave Nancy Regan's anti-drug program money so they didn't take care of him."

It was this behavior that left him questioning who he had become.

"I'm the villain in the book. I'm no goodie two-shoes, I'm human. I've played every game. I made things happen," he says of working in the music industry.

But, the ultimate wake-up call for Machat was when his daughter became sucked in.

"I had a couple of bands. All of a sudden my daughter's hanging out with my band and they are giving her angel dust," explained Machat. "It was the Wu-Tang Clan. I didn't know what to do because they were my clients and I was profiting by them, so I walked away from it."

Since then, he's seen his daughter struggle with addiction and rehabilitation, which ultimately caused him to step away from his past.

"I heard this noise in my head [saying], 'Steven, learn from this," he said. "I walked away from it all."

After attending multiple rehabilitation centers, his daughter finally found something that worked for her.

"The same thing doesn't work for everybody," said Per Wickstrom, the CEO of Best Drug Rehabilitation , who helped Machat's daughter. "We don't base our program on a time limit, it's based on a result."

"We are a drug-addicted and drug-inflicted society," said Machat, who hopes his book sheds light on the rampant use of drugs.

Machat's book is already available in the U.K. and will be released in the U.S. on July 17.

  • Camille Mann

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