Tearing Down the Wall of Sound

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound

The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

Book - 2007
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Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781400042197
Branch Call Number: 784.092 SP32B
Characteristics: viii, 452 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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May 07, 2018

This "Tearing Down The Wall Of Sound" biography tells (in vivid detail) all about the meteoric rise, the devastating fall, and the eventual murder conviction of 1960's record producer, Phil Spector.

Born in the Bronx, NYC (1939) - Phil Spector is considered to be the second greatest record producer in pop music history.

Spector is particularly notable for developing the technique called the "Wall of Sound" which was a "Wagnerian" approach to record production.

This idea of Spector's consisted of instilling dense multi-tracking and heavy background orchestration into the pop music that he produced.

Competently written by Mick Brown - "Tearing Down The Wall Of Sound" takes a close-up look at Spector's complex character and his great need to be in full control which inevitably brought about significant damage and, yes, confusion into the lives of those around him.

May 24, 2012

A bit rambling, long and sometimes repetitive, this is a good book about weird Phil Spector, a gun-totin', wig-sporting yet a most talented music producer from the 1960s (George Martin and possibly Paul Rothchild might compete). This book would have been better if it'd had an index, so you could chase down your particular interests, although its order is pretty much chronological. It's a bit unreliable in places, such as when saying about the last John Lennon album that Spector produced, 'Rock n Roll': "It was quickly forgotten."Not so. Despite being a cover of a hit song from the mid-60s, 'Stand by Me' was huge on the airwaves when it came out, and the album still stands as one of Lennon's most artistically successful releases after The Beatles. Still, for a look at one of the guys who made 1960s pop music what it turned out to be -- the most prolific and innovative decade of the 20th century -- this is well worth reading.


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