Most helpful positive review
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Fascinating insight
on 12 August 2013
Having met Norman on many occasions, usually over a drink at his daughters restaurant in Cornwall, I was very keen to read his book as in real-life he is very understated. I knew he was in the music business, I knew he had run a studio and built recording equipment and I knew he had worked with several big name artists including Queen.
Reading the book was like having a 3 day conversation with Norman, I hadn't realised the impact he and Trident studios had on the music industry, just how many bands and artists had recorded at the studio or how special the Trident studio was. When you look at the recording list at the back of the book it is mind-blowing to see who used the studio and its ancillary businesses over a 30 year period.
The other thing the book brings to life is the innovation and risk-taking that Norman took on all the way through his life from being the drummer in the group The Hunters to being first with 8 track recording equipment, being the first to record music videos, tape duplication, outside film broadcasting and more.
Norman's style of writing really transports the reader to a fly-on-the-wall observer as he brings to life many of his interactions with the big names of the music industry as well as some of the local characters of Soho. This would all make a fabulous movie!
I want to thank Norman for writing the book, I really enjoyed reading it and, having read it, I see Norman in a very different light. Oh, and by the way, he can still play the drums! Rock-on Norman!