This title, originally published in 1972, has been updated to include Spector’s work over the following three decades and the bizarre circumstances surrounding the shooting of Lana Clarkson at Spector’s Los Angeles mansion on 03 February 2003.
In researching the book on Spector the author spent time with the man himself, having been introduced to him by mutual friend JohnLennon. He also spoke to many of Spector’s working colleagues.
Phillip Harvey Spector is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter who developed the Wall of Sound, a music production formula he described as a “Wagnerian” approach to rock and roll.
Spector is considered the first auteur among musical artists for the unprecedented freedom and control he had over every phase of the recording process. Additionally, he helped engender the idea of the studio as its own distinct instrument.
His honors include the 1973 Grammy Awardfor Album of the Year for co-producing Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh (1971), a 1989 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a 1997 induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Spector number 63 on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and for their 2003 list of “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, included his productions of Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes (1964), A Christmas Gift for You (1963) and Back to Mono (1991).
By the mid 1970s, Spector had produced eighteen US Top 10 singles for various artists, but following work with Leonard Cohen, Dion DiMucci, and the Ramones, he remained largely inactive.