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 the age of twenty-one. His credits include some of the most indelible songs of the '60s: The Ronettes' "Be My Baby," the Crystals' "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, and fully updated to include the firsthand details of ...
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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 the age of twenty-one. His credits include some of the most indelible songs of the '60s: The Ronettes' "Be My Baby," the Crystals' "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, and fully updated to include the firsthand details of the alleged murder of actress Lana Clarkson, He's a Rebel boldly explores Spector's legendary eccentricities, addictions, and violent, reclusive tendencies. This is the definitive, unflinching portrait of Phil Spector, the producer who transformed the airwaves and forever changed the sound of popular music.
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Editorial Reviews

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
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.
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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.”  

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780815410447
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2000
  • Edition description: 1ST COOPER
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.76 (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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