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Off The Record: An Oral History Of Popular Music

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Stories told to Joe Smith ; edited by Mitchell Fink.
Hardcover, 429 pages
Published 1988 by Warner Books
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Ensiform
Feb 15, 2012 Ensiform rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, music
A collection credited to Joe Smith, edited by Mitchell Fink (1988). This 430-page tome is a collection of brief anecdotes culled from interviews with over 200 music personalities, from Artie Shaw to David Lee Roth --- featuring huge luminaries such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Ben E. King, Buddy Rich, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Jones... an impressive assemblage. However, I take issue with the authorial credit: in no sense is this a book “by” Joe Smith; his writing here consists of about eight pages in t ...more
Babs M
Mar 08, 2015 Babs M rated it really liked it
Highly recommend this read to rock and roll fans. It was published in 1988 but very interesting to read these 1-3 pages from integral people in R&R and the business of R&R. I would give it 5 stars and it is pretty comprehenisve but lacking a few people that were/are still alive I would have enjoyed hearing from.
Tony Sannicandro
Jan 14, 2013 Tony Sannicandro rated it it was amazing
Good book. Short one or two page interviews of people in the music business. These are part of longer interviews that you can listen to online thru the Library of Congress. Some funny stuff comes out in the book, sometimes funny "ha ha", sometimes funny "Mmmmmmmmmmmm". A must read for anybody who loves music and have heard how screwy the business is.
Anne Barkema
Sep 04, 2011 Anne Barkema rated it liked it
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It's not a "sit down and read from cover to cover" type of book but it does have some nice biographies of many greats. And some introductions to folks that I might not have explored otherwise.
Jason
Apr 30, 2013 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of interesting interviews, but also a lot of boring interviews. Worth a read if you're really into music.
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