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For all the biographical details, it feels like the author gets some of it wrong, with the chronology a bit askew. He glosses over the epic Good Vibrations sessions (even though entitling a chapter Good Vibrations) having written Brian Wilson off as a burnout immediately after Pet Sounds. He writes off By The Time I Get To Phoenix as a minor hit for Glen Campbell even after featuring it in a prior chapter as a multi-Grammy winner. Odd. Yet another bio with way too much unnecessary made-up banal dialogue ostensibly to move the story along. ("I'd like to talk to Phil Spector, please" he said. 'Who may I ask is calling?' a female voice responded." is a scintillating example. Where are the editors?)
The Wrecking Crew are given their just due here, no complaints about the book's intent. Well researched but not well written. Buy it for the short bios of the obscure but not for the prose.
This talks about so much of that. In a fun and readable way. People in the business may be dismissive, but thought it was fascinating, and increases the appreciation and notice of all those involved.
Maybe some will argue over various biographical details, but that's not what this book was about, for me. It's for the bigger picture.
I also enjoy Kent Hartman's style of writing as an author. He is able to bring each person to life, and creates excitement and drama to the stories he describes. I also enjoyed getting glimpses of what is was like for the Wrecking Crew to work with each group and artist, and how the Wrecking Crew musicians had to sometimes coach or recommend areas of improvement for a song to these "stars," which, due to egos, weren't always well received.
A very enjoyable book if you enjoyed popular music during the 60's and early 70's.
My only wish was to read more. I won't share the ending, only to say that it saddened me to know that it marked the end of an era in popular music history, and realized that these musicians' contributions were a bigger part of my musical life than I ever knew.
If you grew up in the 60's and 70's like I did, or if you have a love for the music of that era, then this book is DEFINITELY for you!
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