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Reordered it and everything This is ne to check Screwball Television: Critical Perspectives on Gilmore Girls out from the library There is uite a bitf name dropping as you would expect who has engineered and produced so many great albums but much Ya Gotta Believe!: My Roller-Coaster Life as a Screwball Pitcher and Part-Time father, and My Hope-Filled Fight Against Brain Cancer of it is a lotf random bits and pieces While he includes some interesting anecdotes I think the book would have been stronger if it focused Night's Pawn on fewer sessions For example if he spent detailn Who s Next Led Zeppelin 1 Sticky Fingers Let it Be we would have a richer understanding Firing the First Elder (Pioneers in the Pulpit Book 2) of those milestone works insteadf a cursory understanding For example here is a great descriptive part where he is working with The Beatles n Let it Be All was going well until I heard this extraordinary noise that sounded like someone stepping n the cat I panicked thinking that a piece f euipment might be malfunctioning while peering at the screen to see if it was adversely affecting the guys nstage All The Secret Child of a sudden a picture appearedf a small figure with a black bag Japanese Schoolgirl Inferno: Tokyo Teen Fashion Subculture Handbook over its head with a mic cable disappearing into it It turnedut to be Yoko who had decided to contribute to the proceedings That is a marvelous story Unfortunately while I like John Hiatt Joan Armatrading and The Eagles I would rather hear detail about those artists I ve previously mentioned Probably 35 stars I ve never read a memoir that focused n the mundane and relegated all the interesting stories to a reference in a single sentence here r there I was hoping to glean some f Johns experience and studio methods from this but instead was treated to a rather boring rundown that reads like a checklist f events without much elaboration A fine and easy read with some interesting tales from someone with a front row seat to the recording f many iconic albums Where this falls short is tales about those recording sessions I would have loved about the differing creative processes f the artists technical info about his recording techniue etc Johns will spend pages Death by Inferior Design on random stories about little known record execs butnly spend a couple paragraphs n producing the classic Who s Next That bei. Entertaining and bservant memoir Johns takes us Hitler's Northern War: The Luftwaffe's Ill-Fated Campaign, 1940-1945 on a tourf his world during the heady years f the sixties with beguiling stories that will delight music fans the world ver he remembers helping to get the Steve Miller Band released from jail shortly after their arrival in London he recalls his impressions f John and Yoko during the Let It Be sessions and he recounts running into Bob Dylan at JFK and being asked to work n a collaborative album with him the Stones and the Beatles which never came to pass Johns was there during some f the most iconic moments in rock his.
The dullest biography ever I mean come n you were the engineer The Potato Hack: Weight Loss Simplified or producern literally the biggest records White House Years (Henry Kissingers Memoirs of all time by The Who The Rolling Stones The Eagles and and you did not havene single interesting story to tell I mean your kid turned ut to be as big a producer as you did too why not even mention him and how that made you feel It was like reading a captains log written by a robot where they just entered basic facts Maybe that s the key to being a successful producerhave zero personality Johns autobiography touches upon every musician and band he engineered r produced Scab over a 50 year career in the business He has worked with such bands as The Beatles The Rolling Stones Led Zeppelin The Small Faces Humble Pie The Faces The Eagles and Eric Clapton just to name a few I wasn t aware that Johns himself wanted to be a singer and startedut with a single In a World Created by a Drunken God or two to his name before he found his niche as a producer What I did like was Johns admitting at times he was wrong about a certain artistr less judging a book by its cover His first meeting with Clapton didn t go Indo No Kao over too well and thought he was lazy and all butver career wise due to drugs but Clapton was called upon to do some guitar studio work with Jo A very so so memoir by a very talented producer and recording engineer who worked with the legendary greats The nly thing I found interesting really is his commentary n Keith Moon which was sad and I suspect very true Otherwise it is very much he s a nice guy Giant Peach Yodel or girlr I didn t like him Sinai and Zion or her till I worked etc and etc At the very le This book was a bit too much I was there and not enough here s what happened How exciting that Gyn John s recorded all these amazing songs and albums but he dropped two stars with me INSTANTLY when he mentioned leaving in a huff the McCartney Wings Red Rose Speedway sessions but gave NO DETAILS why I try to read as many interviews and biographies as I can about poprock recording sessions but I would say save your money and wait a few years for a used copyn eBay Sorry Glyn I Born just utside London in 1942 Glyn Johns was sixteen years ld at the dawn f rock and roll His big break as a producer came n the Steve Miller Band’s debut album Children f the Future and he went n to engineer Iniquity or produce iconic albums for the best in the business Abbey Road with the Beatles Led Zeppelin’s and the Eagles’ debuts Who’s Next by the Who and manythers Even impressive Johns was perhaps the nly person n a given day in the studio who was entirely sober and so he is ne f the most reliable and clear eyed insiders to tell these stories todayIn this.
Ng said it s still an enjoyable if Annual Report of the Officers of the Town of Holderness, N. H: Year Ending January 31, 1937 (Classic Reprint) occasionally frustrating read Incredible history from a man who helped invent rock and roll Love the book it just could have used a couple exclamation points Well I was hopingWhen someone with almost six decadesf experience in the music recording field writes a book about his time engineering most Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture: A Plant Design Sourcebook of the biggest and most influential bandsn the planet this is an pportunity to really dig down into those experiences I mean this is the guy that sat at the board while the Beatles were breaking up while the Who recorded Won t Get Fooled Again while Led Zeppelin and the Eagles recorded their first albums and the Stones were putting ut albums like Sticky FingersIt takes an almost conscious effort to actually make these events uninteresting and unentertaining yet Johns manages it HowBy giving an almost bullet list Livin' de Life overviewf who he worked with and when and a small anecdotal toss The Amazing Dreams of Andrew Latter offf Culture is the Body: The Theatre Writings of Tadashi Suzuki one event from the recording Mostly about how he had a mistaken impression aboutne Cognitive Science: An Introduction to the Study of Mind of the artists who turnedut to be better in some way than he The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta originally expectedThis could have easily been three spellbinding books Instead it s a wastedpportunity from Johns and mostly a wasted experience for the reader Having spent the last few years plowing through rock book after rock biography by the true masters nly to walk away feeling inundated with sex and drug exploits while being short changed n the musical end f the adventure the reason I picked the book up in the first place This ne is uite the pposite In the 60 s 70s and 80 s Glyn Johns engineered and produced the best f them The Beatles Stones Small Faces Steve Miller Joe Cocker Zeppelin and the Eagles get mentioned in the first breathLeon Russel Humble Pie The Band the Who and even The Clash have turned to Johns for their music Nothing too revealing here regarding anyones nasty habits although work habits and creativity in the studio will keep you busy for the almost three hundred pages you will fly through For ardent rock fans this is a real treat. Tory including the Stones’ first European tour Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at Albert Hall in London and the Beatles’ final performance n the roof f their Savile Row recording studioJohns’s career has been long and prolific and he’s still at it ver the last two decades he has worked with Crosby Stills Nash; Emmylou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; Band f Horses; and most recently Ryan Adams Sound Man provides a firsthand glimpse into the art Martian Science Fiction: Scifi Novellas Set on Mars of making music and reveals how the industry like musicians themselves has changed since those freewheeling first yearsf rock and ro.