Soul Mining

Soul Mining

A Musical Life

Book - 2010
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Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel, and the Neville Brothers all have something in common: some of their best albums were produced by Daniel Lanois. A French-speaking kid from Canada, Lanois was driven by his innate curiosity and intense love of music to transcend his small-town origins and become one of the world's most prolific and successful record producers, as well as a brilliant musician in his own right.

Lanois takes us through his childhood, from being one of four kids raised by a single mother on a hairdresser's salary, to his discovery by Brian Eno, to his work on albums such as U2's The Joshua Tree , Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind , and Emmylou Harris's Wrecking Ball . Revealing for the first time ever his unique recording secrets and innovations, Lanois delves into the ongoing evolution of technology, discussing his earliest sonic experiments with reel-to-reel decks, the birth of the microchip, the death of discrete circuitry, and the arrival of the download era.

Part technological treatise, part philosophical manifesto on the nature of artistic excellence and the overwhelming need for music, Soul Mining brings the reader viscerally inside the recording studio, where the surrounding forces have always been just as important as the resulting albums. Beyond skill, beyond record budgets, beyond image and ego, Lanois's work and music show the value of dedication and soul. His lifelong quest to find the perfect mixture of tradition and innovation is inimitable and unforgettable.

Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2010
Characteristics: 230 p., [8] leaves of plates : ill., ports ; 22 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780865479845 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Call Number: 781.64092 LANOIS


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Jul 12, 2017

Somewhat interesting. Too much on the technology of recording music for me.

Mark_Daly Nov 25, 2016

A soulful and scattered autobiography, which jumbles together heartfelt reminiscences with anecdotes about famous rock musicians and tips on recording techniques -- sometimes, all in the same paragraph. Best read as poetry, perhaps while listening to one of Lanois's ethereal guitar compositions.

Mar 23, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed reading about the recording studio adventures of this great Canadian. There are frequent references to his home town of Hamilton. Found his passion for everything and his desire to better himself refreshing. Highly recommended to anyone curious to know more about this humble, yet brilliant man.


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