New York, NY (November 12, 2014)—Famed producer/engineer Glyn Johns can add “author” to his cv with the November 13 release of Sound Man: A Life Recording Hits with The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, The Faces…. According to publisher Blue Rider Press, the book “provides a firsthand glimpse into the art of making music and reveals how the industry—like musicians themselves—has changed since those freewheeling first years of rock and roll.”
Born outside London in 1942, Glyn Johns was sixteen years old at the dawn of rock and roll. His big break as a producer came on the Steve Miller Band’s debut album, Children of the Future, and he went on to engineer or produce iconic albums for many household names of the Rock Era: Abbey Road with the Beatles, Led Zeppelin’s and the Eagles’ debuts, Who’s Next by the Who, and many others. Reportedly, Johns was often the only person in the studio who was entirely sober, lending an added heft to his recounted tales today.
In his memoir, Johns takes readers on a tour of his world during the sixties ,as he remembers helping to get the Steve Miller Band released from jail shortly after their arrival in London, recalls his impressions of John and Yoko during the Let It Be sessions, and recounts running into Bob Dylan at JFK and being asked to work on a collaborative album with him, the Stones, and the Beatles, which never came to pass. Johns was there during some of the most iconic moments in rock history, including the Stones’ first European tour, Jimi Hendrix’s appearance at Albert Hall in London, and the Beatles’ final performance on the roof of their Savile Row recording studio.
Johns’s career has been long and prolific, and it’s not finished either—over the last two decades, he has worked with Crosby, Stills & Nash; Emmylou Harris; Linda Ronstadt; Band of Horses; and, most recently, Ryan Adams.
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