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Album Produced By . . . Paperback – April 18, 2012
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When I finished "Album Produced By," I was moved to tears by its generosity of spirit and enormous heart, mourning with Bruce the passing of friends and colleagues (Donald Johnson with whom I worked at Goodspeed in 1988 on a Gershwin show, composer Claibe Richardson, and the radiant Laurie Beechman) and loathing the ugliness and lies of several petty, vicious individuals and their attempts to destroy or control. Yes, Virginia, there are monsters in this book.
Although these horrible and tragic events occur during the course of this wonderful memoir, the book's tone is neither one of loss nor being a victim, but rather that of a scrappy optimist, picking himself up, dusting himself off, and starting again. Kimmel's humor, ingenuity, and affection for his colleagues doesn't allow him much time to feel sorry for himself. And, amazingly, as he is told several times in the book, he does land on his feet. And he continues to work.
I contacted Bruce about possible work after I had been one of several victims in a power trip around 1990. I would guess my initial contact was during the period when Bay Cities was on its last legs.Read more ›
And a lot of what I played turned out to have been produced by Bruce Kimmel. For me, his career in the recording industry during that time was pretty much the modern golden age of musical theater recordings. Probably in no other time has anyone produced as many recordings of such variety and quality as during Bruce Kimmel's era.
Reading "Album Produced By" brought back so many wonderful memories. On almost every page I was thinking, I remember/love/have that CD! I never would've guessed that that sort of thing happened! I just HAVE to listen to that again! I love [fill in the name of just about any performer]! Reading about the history of all those recordings makes me appreciate them even more.
Of course, it wasn't all fun and games. Bruce didn't hold back when writing about the good times nor did he when writing about the bum times, but he wrote it matter-of-factly and there's not a trace of "oh, woe is me." I really enjoy Bruce's writing style. Starting with "Benjamin Kritzer," all the way to "There's Mel, There's Woody, and There's You" to this, it's like you're just sitting down with him and he's just telling his stories.
There never will be another time like that. I feel lucky that I got to experience it and I'm really glad that Bruce chose to tell his stories, which he does quite well. Thanks, Bruce.
i have recently discovered some of the books that mr. kimmel has written, starting with the "kritzerland" trilogy. i was just finishing his fun and fabulous memoir "there's mel, there's woody, and there's you" (about his impressive career in film and television) when i found out about his latest: "album produced by . . . " which details his two decades as a music producer. i was thrilled and excited, and ordered a copy right away. for someone like me, reading this book was kind of like being asked "where were you when kennedy was shot?" . . .Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As a fan of so many of the cds that Mr. Kimmel produced, it was fun to read the behind-the-scene stories. It made me pull out all the cds again and enjoy them once again!Published on May 15, 2014 by steve
Bruce Kimmel has written a fascinating book about running the musical theater division at Varese Sarabande and creating the Fynsworth Alley label and embarking on a career as a... Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Peter Elliott
Excellent read for those interested in show biz albums. I've read it twice and will probably read it again. T!rust me.Published on July 4, 2013 by Julius Zebronsky
Fair warning: don't start this book thinking it's what Eddie Izzard calls "a dip-in kind of book". I picked it up to read for a few minutes before leaving for work: I'm now... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Natmama
I was looking forward to reading this book, as I was a fan of the Varese label. However, at it's best it is a redundant , repetitive, poorly written list of "and then I... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Harry N. Cohen
Having finished reading both "THERE'S MEL, THERE'S WOODY, AND THERE'S YOU" and "ALBUM PRODUCED BY... Read morePublished on August 15, 2012 by Chazzz
What a marvelous book! By chance I found this book browsing through Amazon's book and music sections. Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by Placerville John
Years ago, a friend gave me a copy of the CD "A Broadway Christmas" as a Christmas present. It's a compilation of wonderful and occasionally wacky songs from musicals that... Read morePublished on July 14, 2012 by johngriffin0928
Album Produced By . . .Before I ever met or worked with Bruce Kimmel, I was a fan of his recordings. Read morePublished on June 25, 2012 by Musicalboy