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Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music. Ed. by Mitchell Fink. Hardcover – 1988

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Warner Books; First Edition edition (1988)
  • ISBN-10: 044651232X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446512329
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,497,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Originally published in 1988, Joe Smith's oral history of popular music is a fascinating book to just skip around in. Two hundred musicians, singers, producers, songwriters and other record industry folks share their thoughts within these 429 pages. There's also over 200 b&w photograph repros.

Just a sample of what's to be found here:

MIKE NESMITH dismisses the Monkees as actors forced to become a real band after their vocals w/backing studio musicians unexpectedly hit big. Mike prefers to talk of Jimi Hendrix, and recalls how his trio was practically booed off the stage when they were opening act on the first Monkees concert tour.
GEORGE MARTIN tells word-for-word stories he's repeated over the years.
JOHN FOGERTY admits to killing Creedence Clearwater Revival after just six years because his ability to write new songs dried up.
Lyricist SAMMY CAHN's great life lesson: "Do something for the joy of doing it and pray you won't be punished." He and 'Julie' Styne wrote "Let it Snow" on the hottest day of the summer.
ELLA FITZGERALD reveals that she often ruined a take with Louis Armstrong because seeing Satchmo's socks rolled down to the ankle always made her laugh.
DONNA SUMMER's career began in a German production of HAIR. After some of her Giorgio Moroder demos led to chart success in Holland, Donna came up with the phrase, "Love to love you, baby." American stardom soon followed, yet Boston-born Summer says she feels like a foreigner in the States.
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My husband had lunch with Joe Smith and he was given a copy of this personally. I purchased this one as a gift for our friend because he loved it so much. It's well worth purchasing and an excellent and interesting read. It's a great coffee table book, as one can read up on any musician they wish.
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