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Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off-The-Record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton, and So Much More

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  • Posted July 24, 2012

    I lived in the UK in the mid sixties as my father was stationed

    I lived in the UK in the mid sixties as my father was stationed there with the US Air Force. I was 6 years old when the Beatles came to America and I remember how proud that nation was of their 4 boys making it big. Beatlemania was in full swing. As the Beatles continued to put out albums of more and more sophistication we fans kept growing with them.

    I continued to discover rock music all through my teens and early 20's and little did I know that most of my favorite groups were either recorded, produced or both by this guy Ken Scott.

    I remember listening with my headphones so intricately to different parts of the music and I dreamed of becoming an engineer at one time. I even signed up for classes when I got out of the Navy. Alas I never went to the production / recording school I had wanted to.

    I got an opportunity to do an interview with Ken Scott for my On Purpose Magazine and when I found out the list of groups and musicians he had worked with I jumped at the chance. I got a copy of the book to make sure I had questions to ask and hopefully sounded like I knew something.

    I had no idea what to expect as the book was published by Alfred Music and they produce everything but story books. I was surprised to find that this book is filled with incredible and interesting stories of the various sessions, Ken's rise in the recording industry and some falls.

    Ken is a wonderful storyteller which makes the book incredibly readable, but he and Bobby Owsinsky added so much more to this book.

    You want to be a fly on the wall and get stories that have never been told, by someone that was in the room? You got it. Do you want to hear from the various musicians, producers and other engineers in the room to get their take? You got it. Do you want to hear how certain things were recorded? You got it. Are you a techno geek that wants to know the equipment that was used? You got it and so much more.

    Ken Scott has worked with some of the most amazing, creative and historic people of our time and he speaks candidly about the people and events.

    This is a great book for anyone interested in music engineering and production and in the amazing history of these incredible icons of our time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    Great stories, great read!!

    Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust is an amazing book filled with behind-the-scenes stories of what it was like to record The Beatles, Elton John, David Bowie, Duran Duran, and countless others!! Ken Scott has truly had an amazing career and the stories are wonderfully told. Highly recommended!

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  • Posted July 19, 2012

    Wow. Just, wow! There is a lot of buzz about this book online. I

    Wow. Just, wow! There is a lot of buzz about this book online. I couldn't put this down and plowed through its 400 or so pages in a couple of days. Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Procol Harum, Lou Reed, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo solo albums, Dixie Dregs, The Tubes, Mahivishnu Orchestra, Stanley Clark, Billy Cobham, Kansas, Duran Duran, Missing Persons, and the list goes way beyond even that impressive resume.

    A better question than "who has Ken Scott produced and/or recorded" would be who has he NOT produced and/or recorded. This is far from a stale techie book by a recording engineer, its an amazing life story.

    Not only is Ken's story inspiring from an every-man standpoint who got started on an awe-inspiring career path (he was brazen enough to ask for a job in music as a teenager) but this insider look at working with quite literally the biggest names across a generation of popular music from rock to jazz and even CCM (and a lot more) is fascinating. The stars lineup (and sometimes fall) all around his story. Seriously, this is the best auto-biography I've ever read from somebody like this.

    If there is a musician in your life, get them this book. If there is a music fan in your life, get them this book. Its got all the stuff music lovers would want to know about working intimately with this who's who list of music legends, and sidebars filled with all the music recording studio nerd stuff that give the tech info, neatly arranged in easily-skipable sidebars for those not interested in what kind of microphone was used on Ringo's drum kit.

    Its an astoundingly good read from cover to cover. Toss in some never-before-seen pics he took himself working at EMI Studios/Abbey Road of the Beatles in their earlier days, and its an all-around smash. Best $15 you'll spend on a book this year.

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