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

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

by Ken Scott, Bobby Owsinski


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Turn on any classic rock station and you'll soon hear a song that Ken Scott worked on. As one of the preeminent recording engineers and producers of the 20th century, Ken has garnered gold, platinum, and diamond record sales awards; multiple Grammy nominations; and even a Clio award (for his recording of the classic Coke ad "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing"). Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust shares Ken Scott's intimate memories of working with some of the most important artists of the 20th century while crafting a sound that influenced generations of music makers.

Ken's work has left an indelible mark on hundreds of millions of fans with his skilled contributions to Magical Mystery Tour and The White Album. As producer and/or engineer of six David Bowie albums (including the groundbreaking Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars) as well as other timeless classics, the sound Ken crafted has influenced several generations of music makers that continues to this day. Ken captured the sonic signatures of a who's-who of classic rock and jazz acts, including Elton John, Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Duran Duran, The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed, America, Devo, Kansas, The Tubes, Missing Persons, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Dixie Dregs, and Stanley Clarke.

This is his story, complete with funny, provocative, and oh-so-honest tales of the studio, stage, and even an infamous swimming pool incident. Never-before-seen photographs and technical details make this book a must-have for every music fan.

"This is easily the best book of its sort I've ever read, and it works on so many levels—-it's got great stories that give us insights into some of the biggest names in music; it offers a history of recording technology and techniques from the late '60s to the present; and coursing through it all is an unflinching and often self-deprecating biography of our hero as he negotiates the perils, pitfalls and triumphs of a life in

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780739078587
Publisher: Alfred Music
Publication date: 06/06/2012
Pages: 414
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Prologue xv

Chapter 1 The Early Years 1

Chapter 2 Abbey Road 9

Chapter 3 Engineering The Beatles 27

Chapter 4 Recording The White Album 37

Chapter 5 The White Album Epilogue 57

Chapter 6 The Boys (and Girls) in and with the Band 65

Chapter 7 Engineering Other EMI Artists 75

Chapter 8 I Finally Get Fired 91

Chapter 9 Trident-My New Home 97

Chapter 10 The Hits Keep Rolling, or Not 115

Chapter 11 Enter David Bowie 133

Chapter 12 Elton John 145

Chapter 13 Ziggy Stardust 153

Chapter 14 Bowie Post-Ziggy 165

Chapter 15 The End of the Bowie Team 175

Chapter 16 Elton Take 2: Don't Shoot Me 189

Chapter 17 Jazz Fusion 199

Chapter 18 All That Jazz 217

Chapter 19 Supertramp 227

Chapter 20 Completing 'Tramp's Crime of the Century 239

Chapter 21 Supertramp Take 2: Crisis? What Crisis? 249

Chapter 22 Los Angeles 263

Chapter 23 All That Jazz Again 283

Chapter 24 The Unspecified Genre 291

Chapter 25 Missing Persons 303

Chapter 26 Finally, a Record Deal 315

Chapter 27 Missing Persons: The Downfall 329

Chapter 28 The Downsides of the Business 343

Chapter 29 Duran Duran 359

Chapter 30 George 367

Chapter 31 The EpiK Epic 379

Chapter 32 A Look at the Big Picture 387

Glossary 395

Photograph Credits 399

Discography 401

Index 405

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