- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 59 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: December 23, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R6IR7NM
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Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues Audiobook – Unabridged
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This is not just about Berns, but also about the formation of Atlantic Records, the great Brill Building and Aldon songwriters, the arrival of Phil Spector, the careers of Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Darin and many others. Some anecdotes are hilarious, some of them are sad. And at the centre of it is Berns, a driven man with a shonky ticker who was living on borrowed time.
He squeezed everything he could out of pure instinct and limited talent, and made some of rock's greatest records in the process. If you love popular music from that period (and who doesn't?), you must read this.
This is a very good book. The details come at you fast and furious, in Joel's inimitable writing style. Almost like a detective potboiler, he guides us through the nasty underbelly that created the great Rock N' Roll of the 50s and 60s.
It is a nasty story filled with nasty people, but also incredibly creative time that brought us so much great music. Music that will live on forever, because it was so well crafted into 2 and a half minute masterpieces.
I knew some of the story, but this digs deeper and further into the history that can't be ignored.
Thanx Joel for some good work here.
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