Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces . . .

By Glyn Johns

Born simply open air London in 1942, Glyn Johns used to be 16 years outdated on the sunrise of rock and roll. His immense holiday as a manufacturer got here at the Steve Miller Band's debut album, Children of the Future, and he went directly to engineer or produce iconic albums for the simplest within the company: Abbey Road with the Beatles, Led Zeppelin's and the Eagles' debuts, Who's Next by means of the Who, etc. much more amazing, Johns used to be probably the single individual on a given day within the studio who was once fullyyt sober, and so he's the most trustworthy and clear-eyed insiders to inform those tales today.

during this pleasing and observant memoir, Johns takes us on a travel of his global through the heady years of the sixties, with beguiling tales that might satisfaction song fanatics internationally: he recollects aiding to get the Steve Miller Band published from detention center almost immediately after their arrival in London, he remembers his impressions of John and Yoko in the course of the Let It Be classes, and he recounts working into Bob Dylan at JFK and being requested to paintings on a collaborative album with him, the Stones, and the Beatles, which by no means got here to move. Johns was once there in the course of the most iconic moments in rock heritage, together with the Stones' first ecu journey, Jimi Hendrix's visual appeal at Albert corridor in London, and the Beatles' ultimate functionality at the roof in their Savile Row recording studio.

Johns's profession has been lengthy and prolific, and he's nonetheless at it—over the final twenty years he has labored with Crosby, Stills & Nash; Emmylou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; Band of Horses; and, so much lately, Ryan Adams. Sound Man offers a firsthand glimpse into the artwork of creating track and divulges how the industry—like musicians themselves—has replaced on the grounds that these freewheeling first years of rock and roll.

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