I'm writing to inform you about my new book, which features some great
in-studio anecdotes and observations about - among many others - The Beatles and the Beach Boys.
The title is 'INSIDE TRACKS: A FIRST-HAND HISTORY OF POPULAR MUSIC FROM THE
WORLD'S GREATEST RECORD PRODUCERS AND ENGINEERS', the publisher is Spike/Avon
Books, and included are interviews with Sir George Martin, Norman Smith,
Geoff Emerick, Glyn Johns, Eddie Kramer, John Kurlander and Alan Parsons,
talking about their experiences with the Fab Four and Bruce Botnick and Van Dyke Parks in which they
talk about Brian and The Beach Boys. Brian Wilson also wrote the foreward to the book.
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, taking 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.