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Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector Paperback – May 13, 2008
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Wolfe began the Spector profiling with a hyperkinetic magazine article (reprinted in the anthology "The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby") that read like a souped-up press release. Spector's troubled childhood, particularly his father's suicide, was omitted, and the whole psychological foundation of his behavior was left unexplained. Wolfe's portrait found Spector reaching the crest of fame that would sustain his legacy. Williams, writing in the early '70s, profiled Spector after he'd produced the grand failure of "River Deep, Mountain High," and resuscitated his legend with "Let it Be," and solo albums by George Harrison and John Lennon. Like Wolfe, Williams didn't expose the intimate detail of Spector's childhood, nor report on Spector's outrageous behaviors, resulting in more of a caricature than a portrait. The book became quite scarce (trading at $100 or more) until it was reprinted in 2003.
Williams' portrait stood until 1989, when Ribowsky wrote an explosively detailed biography. Ribowsky explored the details of Spector's childhood, including the family dynamics and the lifelong impact of Ben Spector's suicide.Read more ›
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This is a book you won't be able to put down once you get started reading it!!! I didn't know anything at all about the personal life of Mr. Read morePublished 1 month ago by terry caldwell
Having read several books on Phil Spector as well as "Be My Baby" by Ronnie Spector and "My Name Is Love" by Darlene Love I figured I'd read another, newer Spector... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stormsurger
Well written, good research. Just a sad story.
Spector pulled a gun on LOTS of people over decades. It's a shame none of them pressed charges. Read more
i really liked it ,but im 66 yrs old this was my era i found out stuff ididnot know wish there was more about the groups and recording sessionsPublished 13 months ago by Nels Johnson
This is a tremendous book! It gives a very detailed and complete look at not just Phil Spector, but of all the music and culture of his era. It is a fascinating, well written read. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon User #1
Excellent window into the life and music of Phil Spector. The man was indeed a genius - anyone who can break the traditional sound barriers in music has a brilliant streak - but... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Bonnie L. Santino