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Postby MF » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:27 pm

Wasn't sure if I should drop this in the Spector thread or over here with the book lovers, but I just finished the Phil Spector bio .

Has anyone else checked this book out?

It's not the best written stuff - the author got an interview with Spector just weeks before the shooting at Spector's house and you can tell from the writing that this was a bit of a rush job. That aside, the anecdotes and the strange connections make it a really compelling read. For me, there was a "wow" or at least a "hmm" on nearly every page. A few choice bits:

Spector was so worried that radio wouldn't play the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" because it was nearly four minutes long, so he had record lables printed for the single that listed a play time of just 3:05

Sonny Bono was Spector's first publicist/advance man.

A young David Geffen worked in Spector's studio and is shunned, mistreated and used as a gopher by Spector (Spector invites Geffen out to dinner, but makes him sit at a different table with the help).

Stand by Me was written in studio in about 20 minutes so that Ben E. King would have one more track on his debut album.

One of the first teenage writers Spector hired was a young Neil Sedaka. Sedaka wrote "Oh Carol" for his then high-school girlfriend Carol Klein. She would later change her name to Carol King...

And the songs - I don't mean to be a dumb-guy, but I really didn't know how many hits Spector wrote or produced.

Spector's first big single, written as a 17 year old, "To Know Him is To Love Him" was actually a b-side inspired by the epitaph on Spector's father's grave; he went on to write: "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Baby I love you", "Be My Baby", "River Deep, Mountain High", "Spanish Harlem", "Chapel of Love", "Then He Kissed Me"

And then there's all the bizzaro-world stuff with his kids, Ronnie Spector, Tina Turner, Lenny Bruce, the Beatles, John Lennon, the Ramones, Leonard Cohen and even Skysailor (and all of it tinged with lots and lots of booze and even more guns).

I don't know that it's worth plunking down any cash for, but it's well worth getting out of your local library...

Next up is a tell-all bio on Berry Gordy and Mowtown written by Gordy's ex-wife. If anyone else has any other recommendations, I'm all ears...

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Postby creepy » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:40 pm

I'm reading "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" by Michael Chabon right now. It's about a young Czech artist who escapes Prague during the nazi crackdown in the late 30's and along with his American cousin, help usher in the Golden Age of comics. Good stuff...

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Postby Tim » Tue Apr 22, 2008 11:41 pm

i'm finally reading all those Bukowsi books you guys recommended to me last year. I read 'Women,' 'Ham on Rye' and now 'Post Office.'

Absolutely loving them!

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Postby Chris G » Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:09 am

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The Phil Spector book sounds interesting, as well as the Berry Gordy book. I will be interested to hear your take on that when you've finished it.

At first description, I thought that Kavalier & Clay book was going to be non-fiction. It looked interested. When I saw it was all fantasy that was a bit of a letdown.

I like to listen to Bukowsi speak more than reading his stuff. But maybe if I read more of his stuff, I'd change my mind.


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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:03 am

I've been on a graphic novel kick for a while now, ever since I finally picked up The Watchmen. If you have not read it, I can't recommend it highly enough. It absolutely blew me away.

Also The Invisibles by Grant Morrison or Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis. Amazing shite.

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Postby MF » Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:18 am


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Postby miss carol » Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:21 am

I'm almost done In Defence of Food by Michael Pollan and Persuasion by Jane Austen. Nice breaks from a lovely but depressing manuscript about Alzheimer's that I must read for work. Not sure what's next: maybe Geography of Hope by Chris Turner and Unfeeling by Ian Holding. Yes, both light spring reading.

I agree with you Shecks: Transmetropolitan is great! The Watchman is next on the graphic novel list. I think it's being made into a movie. Hopefully it won't be crap.


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