Phil Spector is a musician, songwriter and producer whose musical ability and visionary foresight as a producer charted the future of popular music and culture of the late 20th century. He revolutionized recording processes and re-shaped the business and marketing approach of the music industry. While he raised the bar for other musicians and producers to follow and gave a voice to groups struggling to achieve equality during the 60s, Spector was, however, a complex character whose need for control brought much damage and confusion into the lives of those around him as well as into his own career and life.
Phil Spector: Sound of the Sixties follows the ups and downs of Spector's career as an entrepreneur and businessman, technical wizard and musical visionary, record label master and collaborator with the biggest bands of the age. Spector left an indelible mark on American pop music, creating an iconic soundtrack that still attracts new listeners today.
Sean MacLeod is a songwriter, music producer, and lecturer from Dublin, Ireland. He has been writing and producing music for more than twenty-five years and teaches courses in music and media at the Limerick College of Further Education. He wrote Leaders of the Pack: Girl Groups of the 1960s and Their Influence on Popular Culture in Britain and America (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).
Introduction: Between Elvis and the Beatles Chapter 1: To Know Him Is to Love Him: Early Life and Formative Years Chapter 2: There's No Other: Entrepreneur and Business Man Chapter 3: Tomorrow's Sound Today: Technical Wizard and Musical Visionary Chapter 4: Pocket Symphonies for the Kids: Teenagers Chapter 5: He's A Rebel: Feminism and Civil Rights Chapter 6: He Hit Me: Control and Power Chapter 7: You've Lost That Loving Feeling: Collective Consciousness Versus Ego Consciousness Chapter 8: He's Sure the Boy I Love: Mentor and Proteges Chapter 9: Get Back: Master and Servant Chapter 10: End of a Century: Decline and Fall Conclusion: The Genius that the Geniuses Go To