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Tony Visconti: The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy by [Morrissey]
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"Visconti’s story should be read by anyone who aspires to work as a producer in the music industry."  —Library Journal



"Without question, Visconti is one of the greatest and most innovative music producers of all time. His gritty history of two decades of British pop makes me want to brush the dust off my old Bowie and T.Rex albums and skip-jive around the kitchen."  —Daily Mail


"Visconti's rare knack for musical arrangement, and directing and engineering recordings, underpins some of the finest work of the pre and post-rock glam era."  —The Mail on Sunday



"Just as George Martin was the definitive '60s producer, so Tony Visconti's work with David Bowie and Marc Bolan shaped rock's landscape in the '70s."  —Q



"What makes this latest installment of the baby-boomer's tale so readable is his easy-going, unjudgmental familiarity with the professional foibles of his clients. Not many people can remark, as he does of Bob Geldof, that 'singing is not his forte,' without the slightest trace of bitchiness or reproach."  —The Sunday Times Culture magazine


"Visconti's sparky autobiography takes you stomping back to the frantic, glory days of glam rock and pop."  —London Lite

About the Author

Tony Visconti continues to work with Morrissey and numerous other artists.

Product Details

  • File Size: 854 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (September 17, 2009)
  • Publication Date: September 17, 2009
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RIA08A
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The first time I came across the name Tony Visconti was when I was teenager, recently hooked on the Thin White Duke. It was my older sister who was responsible. She'd just bought `Stage,' and I took to it like a young duckling to water. Over the decades I've watched the Visconti name come up time and time again and not just through Bowie's work. Perhaps my favourite `quasi-punk' record of my teenage years was Hazel O Connor's Breaking Glass, another Visconti masterpiece. I saw Hazel O Connor in concert earlier this year and she still has the ability to bring tears to my eyes with that hauntingly beautiful piece Will You.

Anyway, let's get to the book.

The first part is a fast paced and exhilarating read, taking you through Mr. V's early years as a musician who took his art very seriously. Even as a youngster he wanted to learn properly, and mastered various instruments as well as learning music theory (which would be come invaluable in his studio days). He takes us around mid20th C Italian Brooklyn, with it's Mob elements and colourful characters. This part of the book is almost novel-ish. You can tell, from the first few pages that you're in for a real adventure.

I'll need to skip a little now (or we'll be here for ages) suffice to say that Mr. V eventually discovered that while playing musical instruments would always be part of his life, is was producing music and making records that was his real passion.

The next part of the book tells the tense and humourous tale of his move to the UK in an attempt to discover the British sound and the British method of record making.
Of course, we eventually meet the man who was to change Mr.V's life - a certain Marc Bolan.
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I first saw the name of Tony Visconti on a David Bowie album, as a producer, and of all the records he has produced, the Bowie records are the most well known. Though he passed on producing the single, Space Oddity, and didn't produce Bowie's breakthrough album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, he produced many of David's best albums, from the beginning of his career to more recent ones like Heathen. The Man Who Sold the World, Low, Heroes, Diamond Dogs, Scary Monsters, Young Americans and Lodger were all produced by Visconti. Eleven of David Bowie's albums were produced by Visconti, along with lots of other projects over the years. Visconti played various instruments and did string arrangements, all part of his job as record producer. He was friends with Bowie from the beginning, and even played bass in an early Bowie band that might have been the first glam rock band, The Hype. Visconti was just a fledgling producer, young and hungry, and he couldn't convince the suits at his label that Bowie was destined for stardom. Once he became Ziggy Stardust, rock star, he turned to his old pal Tony time and again.

One of Visconti's other projects that would one day bear fruit was Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex, which began as just Marc on acoustic guitar and Steve Peregrine Took on bongo drums. Soon Bolan would go electric, and not long after, just two weeks shy of his 30th birthday, he would die in a car accident on September 16th, 1977. Visconti worked with the creative but egotistical Bolan on most of his best albums, such as My People Were Fair and Had Sky in Their Hair...
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Without sounding like an all-out fan (I most assuredly am!), Bowie, Bolan and The Brooklyn Boy mounts an incredible story beginning with Tony's days as a young boy in Brooklyn, to playing in the Catskills, to meeting the NYC music community, to his loves, to landing in London and meeting T. Rex, David Bowie, Joe Cocker, The Moody Blues, The Alarm, Mc Cartney, having children, getting married, building studios, the fun of it all, coming back to America and realizing great success on his home turf. A MUST HAVE for any music fan!
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As far the writing goes, I'd say that this is the best of the producer bios from the golden era of the 60s - 80's. . I've read the George Martin, Geoff Emmerick, Ken Scott, Phil Ramone books. (Probably more, that I'm forgetting!) While Visconti doesn't have Beatles (my favorites) stories like Martin and Emmerick, he does have lots of other stories involving David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Moody Blues and many others. I wasn't totally aware of just how many other artists he worked with throughout his career. I found him to be very honest and straightforward in his approach. If he criticizes some people, he also criticizes himself just as readily. This was a really good read.
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I really enjoyed the history and stories of Tony's work with Bowie and other international stars but I really appreciate the biography of the man and where he has come from to where he is now (including, not in the book unfortunately, his recent tour with Holy Holy, the Man Who Fell To Earth Tour but maybe he will write a journal of that tour soon). Some of the most interesting "bits" in the book are the insights into creating and recording various albums for Bowie and Marc Bolan and the methods he (Tony) came up with to make the now classic recordings unlike anything that has ever been put to tape. This includes studio experiments and coaching/mentoring his cohorts in creating these classic albums. Enough said. Buy the book and enjoy an exciting ride from Brooklyn to London and beyond for the past 40 years.
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