Soul Mining: A Musical Life
Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel, and the Neville Brothers all have something in common: some of their best albums were produced by Daniel Lanois. A French-speaking kid from Canada, Lanois was driven by his innate curiosity and intense love of music to transcend his small-town origins and become one of the world’s most prolific and successful
contains this gem: "These early pioneers had invented a sound that would speak to the world and that held the four vital ingredients—sexuality, godliness, joy, and groove.” Daniel Lanois on early reggae, from his book Soul Mining, p159
This book is basically an auto-biography, but much like Bob Dylan's "Chronicles, Vol. 1" it sort of jumps around in time and space. It's not arranged chronologically at all. In both books, this kind of bugged me a little bit.
Still, Lanois' writing is poetic, atmospheric, personal. No surprise to those familiar with his production techniques...more
His phrasing and storytelling abilities are on display as he weaves together tales of the creation of many seminal records he's left his fingerprints on. He refers to his studio as a laboratory and his life's work as 'in search of sounds.'
Not only is Lanois a world class producer who has recorded many of the best albums by many of my favorite artists, he is also a great storyteller and musical philosopher on the written page.
His book reveals an intensely organized, focused and imaginative mind at work. His life and work experiences have...more
With a resume like Lanois', how could this book not be captivating? The behind-the-scenes tales of producing U2, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Peter Gabriel, and the Neville Brothers (among many others) reveal a man who not only is at the top of his craft technically speaking, but also is an unflinching seeker of musical innovation, enthralling atmosphere and soulful moments from the artists he produces. Much more than a mere knob-twirler, Lanois is a skilled soul miner -- and repeatedly strikes go...more