Thursday, February 26, 2015

New Book: The Producer: John Hammond and The Soul of American Music by Dunstan Prial

A few weeks ago, I finished reading Bowie:  A Biography by Marc Spitz.  It was a very interesting read, since David Bowie has had a very interesting life, from folky hippy to glam superstar in the Ziggy Stardust era to megastar in the Thin White Duke era and early to mid '80s to being married to Iman, not to mention his admitted (although sometimes disputed) forays into bisexualism, his heroin addiction in the '70s, his friendships with the likes of Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, and his permanently dilated pupil in one eye (that often leads people to the incorrect conclusion that he has two different colored eyes).  All in all, it is a book that anyone interested in Bowie should read.  Best of all, there was a mention of the Flight of Conchords' sketches and song about Bowie.  For your pleasure, here are clips of the sketch and the song that followed, "Bowie's in Space."  Am I freaking you out?

I have since started reading The Producer:  John Hammond and The Soul of American Music by Dunstan Prial, which is a biography of John Hammond.  If you don't know who John Hammond is, he was one of the most important fixtures in popular music in the 20th Century, from jazz through the '80s.  He was a producer and a talent scout, discovering or giving big breaks to the likes of Billie Holliday, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, among many others.  So far, it is a good read.

Books read in 2015:
-Bowie:  A Biography by Marc Spitz

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