/ Key title 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. / A unique insider's view of legends David Bowie, Marc Bolan, Morrissey and U2 / Brilliantly received in hardback, Visconti has sold 7K copies to date / Tony is a widely-respected music producer with a hugely diverse fan-base / His excellent website is frequently updated and will be used to promote the book and tie-in publicity and reviews. / In similar vein to music manager Simon Napier-Bell's You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, great stories and anecdotes from a golden musical era / In paperback this should become a classic music book with strong backlist potential / Competition: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Simon Napier-Bell; Stoned, Andrew Loog Oldham; All the Rage: My High Life with The Small Faces, Ian McLagan
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.
Over the last 40 years, Visconti has applied his creativity and genius to producing music's most legendary artists-e.g., T. Rex, David Bowie, Thin Lizzy, the Moody Blues, Paul McCartney, and Morrissey (who provides the foreword to Visconti's autobiography). Following his rise to stardom from his humble childhood in Brooklyn, NY, to producing Bowie in London, the narrative reveals a man passionate about music and savvy enough to navigate the turbulent waters of the music industry. At the same time, Visconti's technical knowledge is on full display, treating the reader to an informal history of musical production from analog to digital. Although cataloging the musical past, Visconti's autobiography is a story that is still being written. As producer of the punk band Anti-Flag's album due out in spring 2008, Visconti continues to apply his innovative touch as the architect of the feverishly creative world of rock 'n' roll. Visconti's story should be read by anyone who aspires to work as a producer in the music industry. Recommended for public libraries.-Joshua Finnell, McNeese State Univ. Lib., Lake Charles, LA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
'What makes this latest instalment of the baby-boomer's tale so readable is his easy-going, unjudgemental familiarity with the professional foibles of his clients. Not many people can remark, as he does of Bob Geldof, that "singing is not his forte", without the slightest trace of bitchiness or reproach.' The Sunday Times Culture magazine 'Without question, Visconti is one of the greatest and most innovative music producers of all time. His gritty history of two decades of British pop makes me want to brush the dust off my old Bowie and T.Rex albums and skip-jive around the kitchen' Daily Mail Four star review in MOJO: ' A life in music, rich in chemical romances, bickering stars and some wonderful work, is recounted with great dignity.' 'Just as George Martin was the definitive '60s producer, so Tony Visconti's work with David Bowie and Marc Bolan shaped rock's landscape in the '70s.' Q '[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 'Visconti's sparky autobiography takes you stomping back to the frantic, glory days of glam rock and pop' London Lite '!a fascinating glimpse into the working practices of genuine rock royalty.' Glasgow Herald