He's a Rebel: Phil Spector: Rock and Roll's Legendary Producer

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Phil Spector created the "wall of sound," produced the Beatles' last record, persuaded the Ramones to go "pop," made the Righteous Brothers sound respectable, and was a millionaire by age 21. His credits include some of the most important and memorable songs of the 1960s: The Ronettes' "Be My Baby," The Crystals' "And Then He Kissed Me," and Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High." Culled from more than 100 interviews with Spector's closest associates, including staff producers, singers, musicians, and ...

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He's a Rebel: Phil Spector--Rock and Roll's Legendary Producer

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Phil Spector created the "wall of sound," produced the Beatles' last record, persuaded the Ramones to go "pop," made the Righteous Brothers sound respectable, and was a millionaire by age 21. His credits include some of the most important and memorable songs of the 1960s: The Ronettes' "Be My Baby," The Crystals' "And Then He Kissed Me," and Ike and Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High." Culled from more than 100 interviews with Spector's closest associates, including staff producers, singers, musicians, and ex-wives, He's a Rebel discusses all stages of Spector's varied musical career, from his first hit, "To Know Him Is To Love Him" (written as a teenager) to his appointment to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to chronicling his musical achievements and unpredictable genius, the author boldly explores Spector's legendary eccentricities, addictions, and violent, reclusive tendencies. He's a Rebel offers a definitive, unflinching portrait of Phil Spector, the producer who transformed the airwaves and forever impacted the sound of popular music.

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Buffalo News
“the exhaustively researched ultimate Spector bio”

Hartford Advocate’s “Blogbort” blog, 8/26
“[An] excellent biography…Exhaustively researched…For anyone wanting more insight about the mental workings of a psychopath like Spector, this book is essential reading.”  

Harp
Fresh new edition of an unbelievably dark tale.
Blogcritics.org
A fascinating and heavily researched look at one of rock's most important figures.
Vanity Fair - James Wolcott
[A] rich, racy inside-show-biz story, with enough backstabbing to dye the Borgias' drapes and a madman cast ranging from John Lennon and Lenny Bruce to Sonny Bono.... [Ribowsky] springs terrific quotes from Spector's few friends and many foes.
Greil Marcus
Ribowsky's biography contains more than a few good lines.... [The author] brings the story down to earth without sacrificing its drama. Relying on frank and extensive interviews... Ribowsky doesn't shrink from cruelty or even horror.
Inside Books
This book is long overdue—pick it up and relish Ribowsky's keen insight on "the devil of rock 'n' roll."
Billboard - Mike Villano
Everything you've ever heard about Specter comes to life in this book.
Times, (London) - John Clarke
The most comprehensive account of a spectacularly troubled life comes in Mark Ribowsky's He's A Rebel.
Billboard
Everything you've ever heard about Specter comes to life in this book.
— Mike Villano
Vanity Fair
[A] rich, racy inside-show-biz story, with enough backstabbing to dye the Borgias' drapes and a madman cast ranging from John Lennon and Lenny Bruce to Sonny Bono.... [Ribowsky] springs terrific quotes from Spector's few friends and many foes.
— James Wolcott
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306814716
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2007
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Ribowsky, a frequent contributor to Playboy, is the author of Don't Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball. He lives in New York City.

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  • Posted November 11, 2014

    The book is well researched, but TOO well researched.  It is TOO

    The book is well researched, but TOO well researched.  It is TOO much into ad nauseum about each and every character Phil Spector came across.  The book was published in 2000 and today there are alot of questions about Phil Spector and this books does not answer them.  I enjoyed the book at first and then by 3/4ths of the way through it was quite uninteresting.  It answers why Phil was so nuts but that is all it answers.  It is OK and if you are in the music business, you would probably appreciate it more than I did as an amateur historian and researcher.

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