Sound Man

Sound Man

Glyn Johns / Dec 15, 2019

Sound Man A memoir of a remarkable rock and roll career from Glyn Johns a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer and sound engineer whose resum includes work with the Rolling Stones the Beatles Bob Dylan the W

  • Title: Sound Man
  • Author: Glyn Johns
  • ISBN: 9780399163876
  • Page: 248
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A memoir of a remarkable rock and roll career from Glyn Johns, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer and sound engineer whose resum includes work with the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Who, the Clash, and many .

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    1. This book was a bit too much "I was there" and not enough "here's what happened". How exciting that Gyn John's recorded all these amazing songs and albums but he dropped two stars with me INSTANTLY when he mentioned "leaving in a huff" the McCartney & Wings Red Rose Speedway sessions but gave NO DETAILS why!!! I try to read as many interviews and biographies as I can about pop/rock recording sessions but I would say save your money and wait a few years for a used copy on eBay (Sorry, Glyn - [...]


    2. The dullest biography ever. I mean come on you were the engineer or producer on literally the biggest records of all time by The Who, The Rolling Stones, The Eagles and more and you did not have one single interesting story to tell. I mean your kid turned out to be as big a producer as you did too why not even mention him and how that made you feel. It was like reading a captains log written by a robot where they just entered basic facts. Maybe that's the key to being a successful producerhave z [...]


    3. This is one to check out from the library. There is quite a bit of name dropping as you would expect who has engineered and produced so many great albums, but much of it is a lot of random bits and pieces. While he includes some interesting anecdotes, I think the book would have been stronger if it focused on fewer sessions. For example, if he spent more detail on: "Who's Next"; "Led Zeppelin 1"; "Sticky Fingers" & "Let it Be", we would have a richer understanding of those milestone works in [...]


    4. A very so-so memoir by a very talented producer and recording engineer who worked with the legendary greats. The only thing I found interesting really, is his commentary on Keith Moon, which was sad and I suspect very true. Otherwise it is very much 'he's a nice guy or girl, or I didn't like him or her, till I worked, etc and etc. At the very least he said nice things about Joe Meek! On the surface, and if you're interested in the subject matter - a fast read - but it is clearly not a masterpiec [...]


    5. A fine and easy read with some interesting tales from someone with a front row seat to the recording of many iconic albums. Where this falls short is tales about those recording sessions. I would have loved more about the differing creative processes of the artists, more technical info about his recording technique etc. Johns' will spend pages on random stories about little known record execs, but only spend a couple paragraphs on producing the classic Who's Next. That being said, it's still an [...]


    6. Sound Man the life of Glyn Johns, was just an okay book. Starts off with how he got into music and into working behind the scenes as an engineer. He then takes you along his journey of the different bands that he worked with and solo artists, which were some of the top stars of the 60’s, 70’s, and into the 80’s. The part for me that was disappointing was towards the end of the book when he talks about working with the Eagles on their first two albums he could start seeing a problem between [...]


    7. Head Down the JohnsGlyn Johns is one great engineer but a polarising character, as is evident in this egotistical autobiography. No doubt about his chops as an engineer and producer - he was on too many great records for it to be by chance. Yet as a person, his is famously sour, blunt and opinionated. Things are either 'great' or 'terrible'. He evidently did not go to university or read much, and this book contains less passion than a shopping list. Even the anecdotes are dry as burnt toast.He e [...]


    8. This is an amiable book by Glyn Johns, well known producer and recording engineer. It gives us glimpses of many personalities.A look at his discography (pages 291-300) portrays the range of performers whom he worked with: The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Small Faces, Steve Miller Band, Procol Harum, Traffic, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, The Band, Boz Scaggs, The Who, Eagles, Eric Clapton, Faces, Paul McCartney and the Wings, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Howlin [...]


    9. This book sucks.Glyn Johns recorded Zeppelin, Stones, Who, Beatles (he worked on Let It Be, and claims it was his idea that they go on the Apple HQ rooftop to do their last gig), the Eagles, etc etc. You'd think he'd either have some really interesting technical stuff to share about how he recorded these bands, or failing that, some interesting anecdotes about the bands he recordedbut this book is seriously lacking in both. He spends about 2 pages talking about the mic-ing technique he used on L [...]


    10. This guy has had a very interesting career in the music business. I can remember seeing his name on many of the albums I used to listen to back in the 70's.


    11. This book was clearly dictated to someone then edited into book form. And it really shows in the conversational style. I think that one of the main criticisms of the book is that it should have focused a LOT more on the amazing interactions with the superstars of rock and roll that Johns worked with and less on him. However, the point of the book (the title even says) is the life spent recording yada, yada, yada. This is his perspective and where his head was at while all these incredibly memora [...]


    12. Fantastic revue of the life of sound engineer and producer Glyn Johns. Johns worked with the Beatles, the Stones, The Who, The Clash and countless others. He doesn't get too technical or too personal but he does chronicle some wonderful moments of his life in and out of his studio. He also allows a bull-headed personality to shine through. He knows he's not the nicest person and he has opinions, but it's never gossip, only observations. If you're a music fan, this is a must read.


    13. A remarkable career to say the least, Johns seemed to know everybody and everyone. I can't fault him as much as other readers who have reviewed it. Sure, I would have liked a little more more character examination, and a little more technical geek talk, but hey who cares? Still an enjoyable read by a man who's lived through it all.


    14. Glyn Johns has had a fascinating career and has many great stories to tell but his writing style is somewhat offputting and I would've enjoyed the book much more if the focus was more on the amazing advances in music recording since he first began working and less on the celebrity anecdotes. Not a bad read, but could've been better.


    15. Kind of interesting at first, but by about the middle I kept wanting to hear a bit more detail. More of a list with anecdotes. You get a clear sense of likes and dislikes, and there are some R&R history moments I'd never heard of before.



    16. Great stories, terribly told! Read like a tossed-off homework assignment. I have to believe a co-writer or editor could have coaxed more complete anecdotes out of him.


    17. I love these type of books. Much like Daniel Lanois autobio about engineering and producing records. Fascinating for a music fan.



    18. Memoirs of rock and rollers are the rage these days, each seeming to read exactly like the previous book: become a rock star to meet girls, get involved with drugs, bed down every groupies that arrives at your door, get ripped off by your manager and later become solvent via memoirs and reunion tours. While each story alters minor parts of that plan they almost always read the same before the last page. So when you have the chance to hear about the history of rock from someone who was involved e [...]


    19. Reviewing memoirs is always a challenge for me. Obviously the "story" is personal, and I don't feel it's my place to judge the content the writer chooses to include or leave out. That being said, this book wasn't what I expected. While Johns worked with some of the best known early rock bands, we learn little about what those bands were like to work with or even Johns' opinion of them and their music.Before I go further into that, I do want to say the writing itself flows well. Johns' style is c [...]


    20. I was kind of disappointed with this book. I like reading about musicians and the behind-the-scenes processes involved in making music, and I'm a big oldies and classic rock fan, so this should have been right up my alley, but despite Johns having worked with a veritable who's who list of classic rock legends (The Beatles! Led Zeppelin! Eric Clapton! and on and on and on), I didn't feel like I got a whole lot out of the book. There was a huge breadth of material covered, but a whole lot of it go [...]


    21. Long a fan of guitarist Eric Clapton, I was recently surprised to learn that Glyn Johns, the producer of his most recent album as well as the '70s hit "Slowhand," had in fact authored an autobiography in which he "detailed" his career as recording engineer and producer for many of my generation's most revered and successful musicians and bands, also including the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Eagles, Led Zeppelin and many, many others. His is a name I've seen on many of my albums (especially the [...]


    22. The great producer/recording engineer Glyn Johns is no writer, but the book makes for genial company for those interested in the heyday of the rock era. Most famous for his work with the Stones, Johns worked with them all including the Beatles, Clapton, Led Zepp, Emmy Lou Harris and lots of minor figures such as Spooky Tooth and the Ozark Mountain Daredevils. This makes Johns a bit of a Zelig as well as perhaps the only coherent person in the room (he claims to have never taken drugs) most of th [...]


    23. It's not typical that a memoir is more enjoyable for its supporting cast than its subject but in the case of Glyn Johns - a music producer and engineer who worked on albums by the likes of The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton - we're definitely along for the stories of the bands that he worked with rather than any kind of insight into his own life. If you're looking for a fascinating story about a person whom you know next to nothing about, then this might not be your book. [...]


    24. Not so much a tell-all as a "tell-some," legendary music producer-engineer Glyn Johns appears to have either forgotten almost everything about his storied fifty-plus year history in the music business, or he is simply, and quite deliberately, holding back the wealth of fascinating material he must surely have. Considering that Glyn Johns had engineered, mixed, or produced some of the greatest rock and roll records ever made, and worked with the likes of The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Ro [...]


    25. 3.5 starsIt's rare that I have found a recent work for this blog that isn't a rock star memoir. While Glyn Johns had a very brief career as a singer (with modest success in non-English speaking Europe), he is known more as a producer and engineer. He had the great fortune of being present at the creation of many now-legendary albums. Can you imagine hearing Led Zeppelin for the time ever, before the records are even pressed? Johns has this enviable place in history, and when you pick up Sound Ma [...]


    26. From the perspective of a music fan that grew up listening to the artists he’s worked with, Glyn Johns has always been a recognizable name. He’s credited as a producer and engineer on countless hit singles and albums beginning in the earth-shaking 1960’s and earned him a spot in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.<With his book, we finally get to know the person behind the credited name. We also get to find out more about the “names” he’s worked with.<The writing is to the point an [...]


    27. What does a record producer / recording engineer do? In Glyn Johns case, your work involves hanging out with legendary musicians and recording them. Guys like Johns’s are experts in helping cultivate and capturing a performance. Few know his name, yet the musicians he worked with, form the soundtrack to our lives. Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, the Eagles, etc.This book is filled with plenty of interesting song facts and stories, as I expected it would be. For example, the time Johns accidently [...]


    28. What a odd experience. Glyn Johns worked with a virtual who's who of the classic rock pantheon including Rolling Stones, the Who, The Small Faces/Faces, Steve Miller, the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Led Zeppelin, the Eagles, and the Clash to name the most notable. He is clearly one of the preeminent engineer/producers of the modern rock and roll era and had a front row seat for some of the most incredible music of the multiple generations of musicians and fans. And the most engaging and r [...]


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