New York (October 4, 2007)–Phil Ramone is a mainstay at AES Conventions; you can always spot the legendary producer on a panel or at a special event, sharing his experience and know-how. To whit, he’s receiving a Fellowship Award for “outstanding contributions in the fields of audio recording, music producing and the innovative use of technology” at the opening ceremony on Friday, October 5. Ramone has compiled some of his best stories and thoughts on music in his new book, Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music, and will be kicking it off by signing and giving away 50 copies on Saturday, October 6. The signing is 11:30AM at the Recording Academy Booth (#1124).
Landing in stores October 16, the book is a memoir-cum-exploration of the recording process. The 32 time GRAMMY nominee, 14 time GRAMMY winner, and EMMY winner (co-written with music historian and author Charles L. Granata), dispenses his decades of experience and personal stories.
For the first time, music lovers get Ramone’s insight into landmark albums like Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks, Billy Joel’s The Stranger, Paul Simon’s There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, Ray Charles’ Genius Loves Company and many more. Also included are particulars on Ramone’s work with films (like Midnight Cowboy and Flashdance), live events like the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame Inductions (where Garth Brooks once performed a historic rendition of Joel’s “Goodnight Saigon”), and the things he’s learned along the way from mentors like Quincy Jones and John Barry.
Some of the interesting tales include:
•Burt Bacharach thinking Ramone’s mother was a good luck charm.
•The impromptu session location in Brazil during the making of Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints.
•Pranks between Ramone, Billy Joel and his band.
•The day the lights went out in the President’s (John F. Kennedy) house.
•Ramone caught skinny-dipping in Barbra Streisand’s pool.
As much a ringside seat to contemporary popular music history, Making Records is also a tutorial on the mechanics of the industry. Ramone details his technological innovations both advanced (erecting 12 sound towers for Barbra Streisand live concert in Central Park in 1967) and archaic (taping a wallet to the snare drum during Burt Bacharach sessions to prevent ring).
Having worked with everyone from Pavarotti to Paul McCartney and hundreds in between, Making Records may prove to be as timeless as the music Ramone has helped create.
Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music