In the Studio With Michael Jackson

In the Studio With Michael Jackson

Book - 2009
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(Book). No one was closer to Michael Jackson at the height of his creative powers than Bruce Swedien, the five-time Grammy winner who, with Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, formed the trio responsible for the sound of Jackson's records records that topped the charts and shook the world. Friend, co-creator, and colleague, Bruce Swedien was a seasoned recording engineer plucked from a job at legendary Universal Audio in Chicago when he began working with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on the soundtrack to The Wiz , and he was the master technician who gave the records their sound as the trio progressed to Jackson's greatest triumphs, Off the Wall and the iconic, history-making Thriller , which revolutionized music and video and fixed Jackson in culture as the King of Pop. In the Studio with Michael Jackson is the chronicle of those times, when everything was about the music, the magic, and the amazing talent of a man who changed the face of pop music and culture forever. In his laid-back style, Bruce Swedien offers anecdotes about being part of Quincy Jones' extended "family" and reveals the technical details of creating Michael Jackson's biggest-selling albums, as well as Bad , Dangerous , and HIStory . Including over 100 photos, In the Studio with Michael Jackson provides an insider's look that will thrill anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of hit making and the history of some of America's most influential music.
Publisher: New York : Hal Leonard Books, 2009
Characteristics: xvii, 191 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
ISBN: 9781423464952 (pbk.)
Call Number: 781.49092 SWEDIEN

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alexrobinson
Jun 09, 2011

I wish that I could be more positive about this book, as I love Bruce Swedien's recordings. This is simply a badly written book.

It reads as though the author (while a consummate professional engineer & producer is decidedly an amateur writer) did this by himself with no editor, and the publisher accidentally published it with only half of the manuscript sent in.

It is certainly not a book that will greatly interest Michael Jackson fans, as, despite the title, it barely talks about him. Particularly unforgivably for Bruce Swedien fans it barely mentions recording with MJ, and there is not enough technical information to interest serious students of recording techniques either.

Large sections of the book are blatant self-promotion pieces for Bruce Swedien written by other authors/artists. These sections are irrelevant for most readers, and largely unnecessary. Who in the recording industry hasn't already heard of him, and been impressed with his work? What MJ fans are going to find these sections interesting or revealing?

Certain large sections of the manuscript are almost word-for-word repeats of other parts, which for such a thin book is a waste of space and is a commentary on the lack of care that seems to have gone into its writing and publishing.

This book, given the talents and experiences of its author, could so easily (probably with a ghost-writer, or collaborator) have been really a great read and resource for so many people. Frankly I don't think it will truly keep the interest of any of the thousands of people that would be attracted by its title. A real disappointment, I am sorry to say.

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