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The Daily Adventures of Mixerman Hardcover – May 1, 2009
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But most importantly - it is very very funny. This guy has a sense of humour and manages to share with you his amusement at the zany characters he meets in his recording sessions. All in all this is the most entertaining and fun book on music and the music industry I have ever read - warmly recommended.
This is a gut-bustingly funny story, told from a professional (and very colorful) audio engineer's perspective. Anyone with a mild interest in the music industry should find it extremely entertaining!
My only gripe, and it's a big one (to me), has to do with the absolutely horrendous quality of the copy. I don't know how the text was entered or scanned to make this version, but there are so many errors it's quite distracting. Small c's become e's, letters are literally chopped in half, words are hyphenated in the middle of a line. Those are just a few examples. For that it loses one star. I know I'm a bit of an obsessive-compulsive Grammar Nazi, but it really does detract from my enjoyment of the book. I don't like to be translating while I read, which is what I basically have to do multiple times on every page.
Perhaps if I rolled a fatty, it wouldn't bug me so much.
I have never laughed so hard at any book in my life! It is such a good book that I am reading it now for the second time.
If you want a good laugh and also want to learn a bit about what goes on in rock band recording sessions, you need to buy this book. But be prepared to laugh your butt offffff......LOL
Full of personal insight into ways music and the business has changed in the past and where it might be going into the future. It is obvious from the start that Mixerman knows the industry from the inside with colorful accounts of what goes wrong when recording musicians and dealing with their entourage of executives.
The story has a feeling of life. A sense of reality that is all too uncommon in the world of music. It gives you a view of the real day to day pleasure and pain involved in the life of an Audio Engineer or Producer. It pulls you along at its pace, sometimes a fast shuffle, other times a slow waltz as you watch a train wreck taking place, one frame at a time.
If you ever wondered how music is made or what it is like to work with "The Talent" then let Mixerman show you that world. Let him tell his story from the inside. Allow yourself to see past the fame and fortune, the glamor and glitz, the ego and arrogance. Take a look at how it all falls apart for a band with an opportunity to die for.
But be warned, you may not see the music industry and its "talent" the same way, ever again.
My only quibble would be that if you have read Mixerman's blog made during the session, as a diary of sorts, then you have already read the majority of the book. Still, it is nice to have it as a hard copy, and it was still fun to read again. And if you haven't read the blog, then it's all new to you.
As funny & ridiculous as some of the situations seem throughout the book, any musician or engineer can tell you that most of it is all too real...it just doesn't usually all happen on the same session.