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Tearing Down The Wall of Sound: The Rise And Fall of Phil Spector Kindle Edition
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I would highly recommend this book to music buffs, but particularly to fans of the Wall of Sound. Mick Brown is obviously a fan, and he devotes a lot of the book to the genesis of the technique. It would be very easy just to concentrate on the titanic sound, the Wall itself, but Brown takes time to show that the lyrics of many of the songs present just as idealised a picture of love (whether found or lost) as any other love songs of the 60s. He suggests that only in the songs could Spector find happiness; for example, the message of the love between him and Ronnie in Be My Baby and Baby I Love You lives forever in the recordings, whereas the relationship started to go pear-shaped as soon as they were married.
I thought I knew a fair amount about Spector, but Mick Brown filled in several gaps.Read more ›
The book starts in 2002 and Brown's interview with Spector for the Daily Telegraph, just weeks before the incident which eventuated in Miss Clarson's demise and ends with the trial which Brown frames as almost the logical conclusion to a life lead in an increasingly bizarre fashion. The middle section of the book, which takes up the larger part of the narrative, charts Spector's life up to that fateful encounter with Lana Clarkson.
A precocious Spector is shown emerging professionally in the late 1950s as a new era is dawning in popular music. Spector is the little nebbish Jewish kid and social outcast made good. The young man escaping from a unhappy childhood: living without a father, as a consequence of an unexplained suicide, and raised by a an over-protective mother. The picture which emerges in the book is that the well-spring of Spector's genius - the famous 'wall of sound' recordings which has influenced everyone from Brian Wilson to Bruce Springsteen to Jim Steinman to Glas Vegas - is the same source which has lead to Spector's demise.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Gosh - this was a FANTASTIC read.
SO well-written & SO well-researched & detailed.
Good, but one suspects the ultimate biography of Spector is yet to be written.Published 10 months ago by Harry Boxx
A fascinating insight into his world. Being a lover of his music; it was fabulous to learn about the man. A book well researched and written.Published 15 months ago by patsy
Charting Spector's rise from the Teddy-Bears to his demise in court, this book makes for a great reference tool for anyone who takes an interest in popular music. Read morePublished on 20 Sept. 2013 by hannah
I was so disappointed with this book. I was looking forward to reading a lot of detail about Phil Spector's recording techniques, and was a little disappointed on that level. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2012 by C. Johnson
I started reading this book on a flight from London to Boston. All the other passengers were furious that the entertainment system wasn't functioning but I couldn't have cared less... Read morePublished on 7 Jan. 2011 by C. Holden
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