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Insidetracks : a first-hand history of popular music from the world's greatest record producers and engineers
Buskin, Richard.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : Spike, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvii, 364 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"An Avon book."

Includes index.
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ML3790 .B86 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Behind every classic pop record is a musical mentor whose job it is to coax the finest performance from an artist, while a technical virtuoso captures that unforgettable sound for posterity . In this book, the great record producers and engineers come out from behind the control room glass to talk about their work with popular music's most legendary performers.

Bestselling author and journalist Richard Buskin interviews more than sixty producers and engineers, takin us in their own words on a multi-decade musical odyssey ranging from big band, jazz and folk to rhythm & blues, rock, pop, punk, disco, metal, alternative and every other nook and cranny that has brought exciting performances together with an experienced recording hand. We meet the people who recorded Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Elton John, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, Alanis Morissette, and more-and find out what those sessions were really like. Here is a very personal history of popular music told from a vantage point that may be new to us, but not to the many musicians who have labored in the studio: here is how it felt to help them make history.

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Booklist Review

In a foreword, Brian Wilson says that "so many of [his] all-time favorite records were produced by people interviewed" by Buskin that "I know you'll be fascinated to hear how they did it." Jimmy Miller, producer of some of the Rolling Stones' finest, recalls feeling pretty accomplished until he heard Sgt. Pepper for the first time and thought, "Oh, wow, what have we been doing? We're just kidding around." Bruce Botnick, engineer-producer of the Doors, the Beach Boys, and the Chipmunks, reports reacting similarly to a mono acetate of that Beatles' album. Beatles, Stones, Beach Boys, Doors--sounds like another celebration of the '60s, eh? Well, there is a chapter of praise for the "fifth Beatle," Sir George Martin, and chapters about beloved oldies producers Mickie Most, Sam Phillips, and Jerry Wexler, among others, but the later, less beloved Quincy Jones, Don Was, and Giorgio Moroder each get a chapter, too. All the profiles are brief but rich in behind-the-scenes detail. A fine addition for pop-music collections. --Mike Tribby