Win a Copy of Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music!

Phil Ramone, one of the most successful and innovative record producers/engineers of our time, shares his secrets in Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music (Hyperion, October 16th), a memoir-cum-exploration of the recording process. The 32 time GRAMMY nominee, 14 time GRAMMY winner, and EMMY winner (co-written with music historian and author Charles L. Granata), dispenses his decades of experience and personal stories; readers will never listen to music the same way again.

For the first time, music lovers get Ramone’s insight into landmark albums like Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood On The Tracks’, Billy Joel’s ‘The Stranger’, Paul Simon’s ‘There Goes Rhymin’ Simon’, Ray Charles’ ‘Genius Loves Company’ and many more. Also included are particulars on Ramone’s work with films (like Midnight Cowboy and Flashdance), live events like the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Inductions (where Garth Brooks once performed a historic rendition of Joel’s “Goodnight Saigon”), and the things he’s learned along the way from mentors like Quincy Jones and John Barry.

Some of the interesting tales include:

  • Burt Bacharach thinking Ramone’s mother was a good luck charm.
  • The impromptu session location in Brazil during the making of Paul Simon’s ‘Rhythm of the Saints’.
  • Pranks between Ramone, Billy Joel and his band.
  • The day the lights went out in the President’s (John F. Kennedy) house.
  • Ramone caught skinny-dipping in Barbra Streisand’s pool.

As much a ringside seat to contemporary popular music history, Making Records is also an unprecedented tutorial on the mechanics of the industry. Ramone details his technological innovations both advanced (erecting twelve sound towers for Barbra Streisand live concert in Central Park in 1967) and archaic (taping a wallet to the snare drum during Burt Bacharach sessions to prevent ring).

Having worked with everyone from Pavarotti to Paul McCartney and hundreds in between, Making Records is as timeless as the music Ramone has helped create.

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