(Book). Mixerman is a recording engineer working with a famous producer on the debut album of an unknown band with a giant recording budget. Mixerman is supposed to be writing about recording techniques, but somehow, through that prism, he has hit upon a gripping story. Like all great narratives, Mixerman's diary has many anti-heroes for whom we, the readers, can have nothing but contempt. The band consists of the four most dislikable human beings you can imagine. The singer is vain and pretentious. The guitarist is a serious depressive. The drummer is as "dumb as cotton," and the bassist is merely mean and petty, making him the only one that Mixerman can stand. All four of them hate each other's guts, and they haven't even been on tour yet. Mixerman takes you through the recording process of a bidding war band in over their heads with a famous record producer (also in over his head). Many find Mixerman's diary entries side-splittingly funny. Some find them maddening. And a select few feel they are the most despicable accountings of record-making ever documented.
|Publisher:||Hal Leonard Corporation|
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought this book after reading most of the "Mixerman Diaries" that were available online at one point in time, as I found them very entertaining and wanted to see "how it ended". As you can tell from the synopsis the book is the supposed diary kept by the engineer and mixer of a mega budget recording session, along with a host of cleverly nicknamed characters. Whether the book is to be taken literally or is a work of fiction is probably up to the readers interpretation. That doesn't really matter, because it is an incredibly entertaining and often hilarious look at a seldom seen side of the music industry. Anyone with any level of experience in the music industry will enjoy this book immensely and probably find themselves relating many of the books characters to people you know or have worked with at some point in your own life... Which will add to your enjoyment of it. The writing style is very loose and anyone with elementary level reading skills can probably finish the book in a few short hours. It also makes for a wonderful "sitting on the commode companion". Although there are some occasional technical ramblings, the author does take the time to explain them in layman's terms. I recommend this book to anyone with an interest in music or recording, whether a musician, technician or just a lover of music.