New York (October 25, 2007)-- Pro Sound News has four copies of Phil Ramone's new memoir, Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music to give away. It's a nifty book, full of great stories and insights about making some of the best-known records of our time.
The contest: In the October issue of Pro Sound News, one of the acts on the Tracks chart (Page 46) previously recorded an album with Phil Ramone--name the act and the Ramone-produced album.
The Fine Print:
• Four winners will be chosen at random from the winning entries on Monday, October 29.
• This contest is only open to PSN readers in the continental United States.
• All judging decisions of PSN are final.
• Send your answers via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here's some more info about the book:
Phil Ramone shares his secrets in Making Records: The Scenes Behind the Music, 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; readers will never listen to music the same way again.
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 an unprecedented 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).
Making Records: The Scenes Behind The Music on Amazon.com