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Sophistopunk: The Inside Story of Mark Opitz & Oz Rock
     

Sophistopunk: The Inside Story of Mark Opitz & Oz Rock

by Luke Wallis, Mark Opitz, Jeff Jenkins, Jimmy Barnes (Foreword by)
 

A broken home, rags to riches, mind-blowing excess, exotic locations, laugh-out-loud anecdotes, and tragedy; this is the inside story to Mark Opitz and making the great albums of Oz Rock

Mark Opitz has lived an extraordinary life. His tale is remarkable, immediately gripping, and incorporates the making of some of the greatest music and musicians

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A broken home, rags to riches, mind-blowing excess, exotic locations, laugh-out-loud anecdotes, and tragedy; this is the inside story to Mark Opitz and making the great albums of Oz Rock

Mark Opitz has lived an extraordinary life. His tale is remarkable, immediately gripping, and incorporates the making of some of the greatest music and musicians Australia has ever known. It begins in 1975 where a job with the ABC led Mark to the music label EMI, which in turn led to a musical apprenticeship with the legendary record producers Harry Vanda and George Young. Describing the next phase in Mark’s life is like recapping an Australian rock encyclopedia: engineering records with AC/DC; producing the first album for The Angels; a long, fruitful, and extremely colorful association with Cold Chisel and simultaneously running the A&R department at Warner Music; producing landmark albums for Divinyls, The Models, Australian Crawl, Hoodoo Gurus, and forming another close association—this time with INXS. The end of the '80s saw Mark globetrotting as "advisor to the band" on INXS's massive Kick Tour and eventually living in Michael Gudinski's basement. This last arrangement was more rock 'n' roll than any of Mark’s musical ventures to date. Mark also had to manage Bob Dylan's performance for the Academy Awards, recorded Ray Charles, and produced Kiss with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; all parts of one incredible story. This book will take readers on a unique journey inside the bands, tours, and recording studios of the music that defined an Australian generation.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781742757933
Publisher:
Random House Australia
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Opitz is an Australian music producer with more than 30 years experience in the industry. He has become Australia's most successful record producer and has worked with a number of artists including ACDC, Kiss, and Bob Dylan. Luke Wallis is a writer who interviews movie and music stars. Jeff Jenkins is a freelance music writer and has co-authored several books including 50 Years of Rock in Australia and Ego Is Not a Dirty Word.

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