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I really enjoyed this. I have not before read so many things in a single book that mirrored my own thoughts. I also had a lot of my presumptions and perceptions of the author's personality confirmed. I was interested to find that he places himself at the mild end of the Asperger's/Autism spectrum, as I do.
The author is a former front man and writer for a band called Talking Heads, who had a modicum of success in the late 70's and through the 80's.
He has obviously spent a lot of time thinking about music, as I have, and has considered many of my own pet angles, such as the uses of music, how much the tools affect what is produced, physiological affects of music, and much more.
He talks about the history of music-making, and the modern recording process, reminding me I was telling people way back in 1970 that the recording engineer in the studio, or the man at the sound desk in live performances, should be considered a member of the group.
I have always thought it unfair and elitist that the antiquated pre-amplification screeching of operatics gets considered both worth listening to and worthy of astronomical sums to benefit a tiny fraction of the population.
Interesting also to hear that with Brian Eno....
There is an extensive treatment of the music business as well, the first time I have seen a financial breakdown of someone's actual record deals, which I thought was very frank of him.
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in making and selling music.
Maybe it might destroy the illusion for those who are purely listeners!
Read as an e-book borrowed from Auckland Libraries via Overdrive, on my Kobo Touch e-reader