World According to Questlove
"I'm an official NYT's Bestseller," tweets Ahmir "Questlove"
Thompson. He is many things: virtuoso drummer, producer, arranger,
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandleader, DJ, composer, and tireless
Tweeter. He is one of our most ubiquitous cultural tastemakers, and
in this, his first book, he reveals his own formative experiences--from
growing up in 1970s West Philly as the son of a 1950s
doo-wop singer, to finding his own way through the music world and
ultimately co-founding and rising up with the Roots, a.k.a.,the last
hip hop band on Earth.
Mo' Meta Blues also has some (many) random (or not) musings about
the state of hip hop, the state of music criticism, the state of statements,
as well as a plethora of run-ins with celebrities, and fellow artists:
Prince, Stevie Wonder, KISS, D'Angelo & Jay-Z, to name few. Available
The Golden Moments
shares the secrets of 50 seasoned audio pros under one cover. From
new trends in high-resolution digital audio and podcasts to setting
up an effective home studio and getting the most from equipment.
Dedicated musicians won't want to be without their very own copy
of The Golden Moment. Includes interviews with 17-time-Grammy-winning-engineer
Schmitt and other heavy weights like Bruce Swedien, Richard
Dodd, Ed Cherney, Chuck Ainlay, Jimmy Douglass, Mick
Guzauski, and Elliot
Two years in the writing, 20 years in the making, MWYM offer a foreword
by Sir George Martin - "This book is a remarkable insight into
the most important piece of equipment in the recording studio -
the human brain." Mixer/engineer Ken Allardyce who keeps a
copy in his studio also highly recommeds the book "It's brilliant
for both layman and pro" says Ken
Allardyce (Goo Goo Dolls, Green Day).
& the Blockheads
Song By Song
by Jim Drury
were the musical force behind the articulate and thought provoking
lyrics of the enigmatic shaman - Ian Dury. Sadly he is no longer
with us, but Dury's band have continued. This book sits the original
line up down and discusses with them the back catalogue of hits
they enjoyed, as well as their memories of the great man. A must
for any true music fan!
This At Home
A rollicking memoir of Dave Navarro. Just set it on the coffee table
at your home and watch how quickly it snares its readers. Andy
Warhol was so enamored with Polaroids that he made special arrangements
with the company to purchase all the overstock film of a discontinued
model of camera.
A similar photographic fetish is the organizing principle of Don't
Try This at Home. For kicks, rocker and author Dave Navarro installed
a carnival-grade photo booth in his L.A. home. The book documents
a year's worth of visitors to Navarro's pad who all stepped into
the booth to get their mug shots snapped.
The resulting dispatch from Hell is as hard to draw one's eyes from
as a twelve car pile-up. Intermingled with a parade of rock stars,
models, prostitutes, drug dealers, pizza delivery guys, and housecleaners
are a series of observations and interviews with Dave and his co-author
Neil Strauss. Strauss, co-author of other tomes for Jenna Jameson,
Marilyn Manson, and Motley Crue, operates less as an editor than
as a ringmaster to this debauched thing rock stars call a lifestyle.
by William Clark, Jim Cogan, Quincy Jones
Tells the stories of the legendary studios where musical genius
and a magical space came together to capture some of the most exciting
jazz, pop, funk, soul, and country records ever made. From the celebrated
Southern studios of Sun and Stax, to the John Coltrane/Miles Davis
sessions in producer Rudy Van Gelders living room, to Frank
Sinatras swinging cuts at state-of-the-art Capitol Records,
each of the 15 profiles in this book brings great music to life
at the moment of its creation. With a trove of never-before-seen
photographs and fascinating, all-new interviews with the musicians
and producers who made the records, Temples of Sound is a rich inspiration
for music fans.
by Peter Grueneisen
and music share many parallels and intersecting elements. Recent
developments in the music, film, and media industries have given
rise to new building types of audio and visual media. These projects
require a comprehensive approach from the various disciplines to
bridge architecture, art and technology. For more than 10 years
studio bau:ton has been pre-eminently involved in drawing together
these diverse disciplines This book is an eclectic survey of issues
central to building for contemporary media. Renowned guest authors
from the fields of media and architecture have contributed ideas
and projects, and a detailed overview of architectural acoustics
serves as an integrated technical guide. practical applications
are presented in a beautifully illustrated portfolio of distinguished
projects by studio bau:ton, ranging from museums to recording studios
and film production facilities. Projects like the Fox Scoring Stage
in Los Angeles or Bad Animals in Seattle are complemented by international
examples such as Sony Music in Tokyo, X-Art in Austria and many
been a songwriter most of my life, condensing my ideas and emotions
into short rhyming couplets and setting them to music, I had never
really considered writing a book. But upon arriving at the reflective
age of fifty, I found myself drawn, for the first time, to write
long passages that were as stimulating and intriguing to me as any
songwriting I had ever done."
Every new artist
will relate to this book - written beautifully by the master reinventor
himself. Truly inspiring.
Far and away the most comprehensive resource for getting exposure
for your music on the Internet. studioexpresso recommends this book
for the independant and/or new artists.
All You Need
For every music
lover, its history is part of the pleasure. Read about the man who,
with The Beatles, changed the second half of the 20th century in
helping them composed the most important opus of its time.
All You Need
to Know About the Music Business :
Donald S. Passman
One of the best
sources on legal aspects of the music business from one of the most
respected entertainment attornies of today.
for Performers, Songwriters, Agents, Managers & Promoters When
to Quit your Day Job and how to make it really. studioexpresso recommends
this book for new and indie artists who are starting and anyone
who's looking to reinvent themselves.
who began as a musician is also presenter of Business Chops Seminars
and consults with many pro audio manufacturers.
Dawg?: How to Become a Superstar in the Music Business
To the general
public, he's best known as a judge for the TV show American Idol.
But for most of you who know him well, the book is just the latest
in Randy Jacksons impressive string of credits. From legendary
session bassist to songwriter and record producer to artist manager
and label vice president, Jackson boasts a seemingly endless list
of 27 interviews with platinum engineers by Mix magazine writer
Discover how music engineers, using the same arsenal of tools, can
create such unique works from artist to artist, even track to track.
You'll find practical and informative behind-the-scenes, behind-the-glass
insight into the art of mixing by the industry's most in-demand
engineers across all genres - pop, rock, country, classical and
Maureen is best
known in the industry for her engineering work (Santana, Tower of
Power) and as a contributor to Mix Magazine. She also books the
House Of Blues Studios in Los Angeles and married to engineer/mixer
Ken Kessie (Tony! Toni! Tone!, Herbie Hancock).
In The Musicians
Handbook, veteran musician Bobby Borg (a graduate of the Berklee
College of Music, has performed extensively throughout US, Europe
and Japan with a variety of artists, including the multi-platinum
group Warrant) reveals over 35 inspirational and proactive strategies
for pursuing a successful career in the music industry. Chapters
provide comprehensive coverage of the four types of business relationships,
the five key people a musician needs to succeed and the four major
sources of music revenue.
Diane Sward Rapaport
A Music Business
Primer explores the ecology of the music industry. The symbiotic
partnership between music businesses and the creativity and talent
of musicians and performers
The Autobiography of Quincy Jones
Q is an impressive self-portrait by one of the master makers of American
culture, a complex, many-faceted man with far more than his share
of talents and an unparalleled vision, as well as some entirely human
flaws. It also features vivid testimony from key witnesses to his
journeyfamily, friends, and musical and business associates.
His life encompasses an astonishing cast of show business giants,
and provides the raw material for one of the great African American
success stories of this century.
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The Buddha in Your Mirror
Practical Buddhism and the Search for Self
The introduction by jazz great Herbie Hancock, a Nichiren practitioner
for 29 years, makes one wonder if the rhythmic emphasis of this
chant has a special call for musicians, but this path obviously
has bold appeal for a broad audience of people who are willing to
give chant a chance.
found the strength to leave an abusive marriage after she began
chanting "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo." This phrase, translated
as "I devote myself to the mystic law of cause and effect through
sound," is at the heart of Nichiren Buddhism, a practice clearly
explained in this self-help primer. In 1253, the Japanese monk Nichiren
declared Nam-myoho-renge-kyo "to be the one true law, the great
`secret' hidden in the depths of the Lotus Sutra.
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Studio Stories: How the Great New York Records Were Made:
From Miles to Madonna, Sinatra to the Ramones
by Dave Simons
account of some of the most memorable moments in New York's recording
history, as seen through the eyes (and ears) of the many producers,
engineers, songwriters, and recording artists who helped make them
happen. It explores the explosive 30 years between 1950 and 1980
and the numerous ingredients that made them unique: artists performing
live in large, vibrant recording spaces; producers and engineers
spontaneously creating new effects and techniques; composers writing
parts on demand in the studio; and, most important, recording studios
that had life, character, and their own fingerprint sound.
- The Business Of Bass
in Jazz and Popular music has earned him numerous awards including
most valuable player (bass catagory) at the International Rock Awards
and "Bassist of the Year" at 3 of the last 4 National
Smooth Jazz Awards ceremonies. . He is one of the original members
of contemporary jazz group Fourplay (Bluebird/BMG) along with Bob
James (keyboards) and Harvey Mason (drums). Their Grammy nominated
albums have earned Gold status and continue to top the Billboard
Contemporary Jazz charts. East whose credits include Eric Clapton,
Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie, Babyface, Billy Preston
and David Foster, takes you into the studio and behind the scenes
to learn and see first-hand what it takes to be a professional musician.
Bonus tracks include: interactive Q&A professionals'
workshop with Harvey Mason and Nathan East rare concert performances
by Fourplay featuring Nathan East, Bob James, Harvey Mason and Larry
Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Unwritten Rules: Inside the
Business of Country Music
by Dan Daley
Producer, songwriter, and journalist Daley has written an insider's
book that hits the nail on the head: country music is a big money
maker, with Nashville as the focal point, but to succeed you must
follow some "unwritten rules." Daley points out that in
spite of dollar signs everywhere, Southern qualms about social propriety
dictate that you don't talk about money, you just make it. To this
end, successful songwriters, producers, music publishers, and musicians
in Nashville have learned the rules he sets down here. Daley claims
that even outsiders can learn to play this game.
Music: 25 Years of Lunching with Legends
Mr. Bonzai takes
you through the inner sanctums of the recording industry to meet
artists, producers, and engineers who have shaped some of modern
music. Over 400 photographs, many never-before published, and 160
interviews with popular music artists and engineers/producers including
Jimmy Buffet, Ed Cherney, Leonard Cohen, Devo, Geoff Emerick, Peter
Gabriel, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Kramer, k.d. lang, David Lynch, George
Massenburg, George Martin, Robert Moog, Willie Nelson, Phil Ramone,
Carlos Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Al Schmitt, Bruce Swedien,
Don Was, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, and Frank Zappa.
A must have for your studio lounge coffee table!
Kenny Aronoff New DVD & Address
Aronoff's "Laying it Down: Basics of Rock Drumming"
is now available on DVD. It includes exclusive, never-before-seen
footage along with many other special features including a candid
recording session with Kenny, drum solos, photo galleries, and printable
PDF files of the onscreen examples. Click here to order. studioexpresso
caught up with the legendary drummer during a session with Ken Allardyce
in Los Angeles. "Yes it was great working with ken. He is amazing
as an engineer and I love him as a person. I have had a place here
in LA for 3 years now, so I am more available for LA sessions,"
says Aronoff who can be reached at 818-990-3031 or visit Aronoff
web site here.
These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour Through San Francisco
Recording Studios (Paperback)
by Heather Johnson
Leading Bay Area artists, producers, engineers, and studio owners
take readers on a guided tour through some of San Francisco's top
recording studios, venturing behind the scenes of some of popular
music's hottest albums
Guy Oseary followed the queen of the dance floor during her Confessions
Tour back in 2006 and took thousands of live pictures while Madonna
was performing hits from her Confessions On A Dance Floor album
on stage. The 256 page picture book includes a selection of his
best photos and depicts the show as imagined by the queen herself.
Flying Dolphin Press, the book will be released on June 10, 2008
and available for pre-order from Amazon here!
Behind the Glass:
Top Record Producers Tell How They Craft the Hits
by Howard Massey
If you're an
artist or session musician, you'll find this book useful when the
discussions turn to getting good sounds out of your instruments
in various environments. And if you're an aspiring producer, you
HAVE to get it. It's your guide through ego, business and the nature
of what you wish to do.
Video & Concerts
from 25 years of feature interviews by notorious studio insider, Mr.
Bonzai, and edited by Mix magazine creator, David Schwartz, Music
Smarts features razor-sharp insights from the music industry's savviest
artists, producers, technicians, and business execs including George
Martin, Tom Petty, Phil Ramone, Brian Wilson, Jack Johnson, k.d. lang,
David Foster, and Carlos Santana
Scoring For Pictures
by Jeff Rona
Go inside the
world of creating music for film and TV, focusing on key concerns
such as: ensuring musical aesthetics, using the most effective technology
and techniques, and understanding the business side of things. Packed
with case studies and insider tips, this book lets you learn by
example. Also teaches how to nurture positive relationships with
music editors, directors, producers, recording engineers, musicians,
music executives and more. Rona is a composer whose scores include
the film White Squall and the television shows "Homicide: Life
on the Street," "Chicago Hope," "Profiler,"
and "High Incident."
How to Make
Your Band Sound Great
by Bobby Owsinski
like playing with other musicians, the equipment, hardware, and
software used in today's increasingly complex technological world,
and the principles of sound every musician needs to know to work
at the level of a professional band.
Drum Recording Handbook
by Bobby Owsinski & Dennis Moody
Owsinski and Moody reveal secrets to getting outstanding drum track
recordings. Interviews include Bernie Dresel, Ricky Lawson, Brian
MacLeod,and Dave Weckl. You'll learn: * How to tune drums for the
studio the right way, everyI time * Mic techniques for every kind
of recording session, large or small * The right way to mix your drum
tracks for all kinds of music genres A 90-minute companion features
Steely Dan and Earth, Wind, and Fire drummer Michael White, etc
Top Record Prdoucers Tell How They Craft The Hits by Howard Massey
by George Massenburg, Daniel Lanois, T-Bone Burnett and young guns
like Rafa Sardina all have one thing in common.They've all been
interviewed by Howard Massey for Behind the Glass.
World: Scoring For Pictures
by Jeff Rona
composers looking to break into the field of film scoring, its
a long road from the blank page to hearing your music come alive
on the big screen. Author Jeff Rona draws on his wealth of experience
writing music for such films as Traffic, Blackhawk Down, Mission:
Impossible 2, Gladiator, Thin Red Line, and more with his offering
of this expanded Second Edition.
In The Studio
With Michael Jackson
By Bruce Swedien
Forewords By Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton
Hal Leonard, publisher
Five-time Grammy award winning engineer Swedien and producer Quincy
Jones are known as the creative partners and architects of Jacksons
sound. The book is part anecdotal memoir, part technical reference,
and paints a vivid portrayal of Jackson as an artist