on 3 September 2010
The book is about Rick Rubin.........apparently. Don't get me wrong I learnt some things I didn't know, but you learn about the path of Rick in the first chapter and then you're pretty much done for that, then first chapter about producing a record you learn his theory. Then from there on in it's the same theory with a different artist, and with very little emphasis on Rubin but more on every artist he worked with and their journey's. There is EXTREMELY little technical info, so if you wanted to know about microphones and pre-amps etc you won't. You'll find out what guitar Tom Morello plays, shock horror, same one he always does.
Further more those explanations from the artists are all taken from multiple interviews not done by the author that basically repeat themselves through about 6 different sources over the course of the 220 odd pages. The swiftness of each chapter on each project makes it readable pretty quickly, so I stuck with it. I learnt about a lot of records, but still know very little about Rick Rubin, but it seems possible if this book is correct in what it says there is very little to know about the man.
Buy it at you're own will, don't expect to know about how he created records technically, but if you just want to read about the bands and records he's worked on then go for it, but even that walks a thin line towards gratification
on 5 October 2009
Being the first to write an in-depth book on the legendary producer Rick Rubin, you would have thought the author would have grabbed the opportunity to provide a definitive book.
The result:- you will learn much more reading Wikipedia...and it's free. This is an incredibly lazy excuse for a book with little or no depth. The chapters on certain major artists/albums are embarrassingly short with no details. In short - save your money!!!
All in all this does not give much confidence for the forthcoming Motorhead "In the Studio" book by the same author, although I believe in that book at least the author made the effort to interview somebody.