Tony Visconti: the Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy

Tony Visconti: the Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy

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By (author) Tony Visconti, Foreword by Morrissey

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  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 232mm x 38mm | 699g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0007229445
  • ISBN 13: 9780007229444
  • Illustrations note: 10 b/w, 60 col plates (32pp)
  • Sales rank: 620,200

Product description

A name synonymous with ground-breaking music, Tony Visconti has worked with the most dynamic and influential names in pop, from T.Rex and Iggy Pop to David Bowie and U2. This is the compelling life story of the man who helped shape music history, and gives a unique, first-hand insight into life in London during the late 1960s and '70s. This memoir takes you on a roller-coaster journey through the glory days of pop music, when men wore sequins and pop could truly rock. Visconti's unique access to the biggest names and hottest talent, both on stage and off, for over five decades is complemented by unseen photographs from his own personal archive, and offers a glimpse at music history that few have witnessed so intimately. Soon after abandoning his native New York to pursue his musical career in the UK, Visconti was soon in the thick of the emerging glam rock movement, launching T.Rex to commercial success and working with the then-unknown David Bowie. Since his fateful move to the land of tea and beer drunk straight from the can, Visconti has worked with such names as T.Rex, Thin Lizzy, Wings, The Boomtown Rats, Marsha Hunt, Procol Harum, and more recently Ziggy Marley, Mercury Rev, the Manic Street Preachers and Morrissey on his acclaimed new album 'Ringleader of the Tormentors'. Even Visconti's personal life betrays an existence utterly immersed in music. Married to first to Siegrid Berman, then to Mary Hopkin and later to May Pang, he counts many of the musicians and producers he has worked with as close friends and is himself a celebrated musician.

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Tony Visconti was born Brooklyn in 1944. His family's traditional love of music ensured an early exposure to music that soon developed into a life-long obsession. Following a chance meeting with his 'British music industry cousin', Denny Cordell-Laverick, Visconti moved to the UK to begin one of the most famous careers in music production, launching and supporting some of the biggest names in pop history. He has now moved back to New York where he lives with his third wife, Mai Pang, but continues working within the UK music scene.

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Praise for Tony Visconti's most recent work: '[Morrissey] is so spectacularly presented by producer Tony Visconti that we end up not just with a Morrissey masterpiece ... but also a Visconti masterpiece ! Ultimately, Visconti helps transform Morrissey's dogged oddness and phenomenal fussiness into pure magic.' Observer, 2006 'Visconti recently teamed up again with his old foil David Bowie to record Bowie's best album in 20 years; now he has helmed Morrissey's best in 15 years.' Scotsman, 2006