Tearing Down the Wall of Sound

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound : The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

By (author) Mick Brown

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In 2002, the reclusive and legendary record producer Phil Spector gave his first interview in twenty-five years to Mick Brown. The day after it was published, an actress named Lana Clarkson was shot dead in Spector's LA castle. This is Brown's odyssey into the strange life and times of Phil Spector. Beginning with that fateful meeting in Spector's home and going on to explore his colourful and extraordinary life and career, including the unfolding of the Clarkson case, this is one of the most bizarre and compelling stories in pop history.

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  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 129.54 x 193.04 x 38.1mm | 408.23g
  • 07 Apr 2008
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London
  • English
  • 074757247X
  • 9780747572473
  • 338,916

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Mick Brown is a freelance journalist and broadcaster who has written extensively on pop music and culture for a wide variety of British and American publications. He is currently senior writer on the Telegraph magazine. He is the author of several books, including: Richard Branson: The Authorised Biography, Heartbeat: Travels from Woodstock to San Jose by Song Title (shortlisted for the Thomas Cook Prize for best travel book in 1994), The Spiritual Tourist, Bloomsbury Movie Guide to Performance and The Dance of 17 Lives: The Incredible True Story of Tibet's 17th Karmapa.

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'A remarkable book about fame, obsession, genius, money and madness ... this is the definitive study of the man *****' Observer 'Spector's life and work make an endlessly fascinating subject, and Brown's massive study does a terrific job ... a classic, very American tale of glory, conceit and ruin *****' Q 'A rare and wonderful mix of dogged research and vivid story-telling. Virtually every page carries a tale of farce or horror, or more often than not, both' Craig Brown's Book of the Week, Mail on Sunday 'A classic ... It's a triumph - beautifully written, utterly involving, scrupulously even-handed - and positions Brown shoulder-to-shoulder with the very best showbiz biographers' GQ

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