(Book). Few record producers possess the musical facility to back up such a bold promise, but in over 40 years behind the glass, Todd Rundgren has willed himself into becoming a not only a rock guitar virtuoso, an accomplished lead vocalist, and a serviceable drummer, vocal arranger and keyboard player, but also a master of perhaps his greatest instrument of all, the recording studio. Throughout his career, Rundgren has ping-ponged between the worlds of producer and recording artist with varying degrees of critical and commercial success. After learning his craft as a songwriter and arranger, with Nazz, Rundgren gained attention by engineering recordings by The Band. His reputation was cemented by a string of noteworthy productions beginning in 1971 with Sparks, and continuing with classic albums for Grand Funk, The New York Dolls, Badfinger, Hall & Oates, Meat Loaf, Patti Smith Group, Psychedelic Furs and XTC. All of this alongside his own solo albums including Something/Anything ; A Wizard, A True Star ; and Hermit of Mink Hollow on which he played and sang virtually everything, and a series of albums by his band, Utopia. Researched and written with the cooperation of Rundgren himself, A Wizard, A True Star is a fascinating, authoritative account of four decades of making magic in the recording studio.
|Publisher:||Outline Press, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||6.94(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.11(d)|
About the Author
Paul Myers is the author of the critically acclaimed biography, It Ain't Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues, which garnered rave reviews in Mojo, Ugly Things and Goldmine and the Canadian national paper, The Globe And Mail. Myers was also nominated for a Gemini Award (the Canadian Emmy) for writing the Bravo TV/ BBC 4 television documentary program Long John Baldry: In The Shadow Of The Blues, based upon his book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It was great to take stock on Rundgren's body of work both as producer and musician. Each chapter focuses on a different project compiled and quoting interviews by musicians, engineers and the man himself. While not strictly a bio, it includes in passing key incidents without letting this get in the way of the books intention, to document Todd in the studio and the development of his craft, which has proved to be anything but predictable musically. He's one of the few that have been able to carve out a life in an industry where safe, boring music is the unfortunate outcome. It would have been great to read each chapter and listen to the record, that is for another day.
Great biography of the fascinating genius of Todd Rundgren and an interesting peek inside the recording industry and its evolution from the 1970's to the present. Detailed, well written and lovingly compiled. A bit too brief in the later years, but a very satisfying read for this Rundgren fan.