Tony Visconti avec Tony Visconti: The Autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy
Acclaimed as one of pop's most innovative producers, Tony Visconti (b.1944) has worked with such artists as David Bowie, Elaine Paige, T. Rex and The Moody Blues. From early experiences in 1960s London, through the personal and professional struggles of the 1980s to his continuing success today, Visconti's autobiography offers insights into his career, his recording and editing techniques and the relationship between producer and performer. Foreword by Morrissey.
‘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.’
‘[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.’
‘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.’
‘Visconti’s sparky autobiography takes you stomping back to the frantic, glory days of glam rock and pop’
'His outsider's view of London's tiny, tatty underground scene of the late 1960s is wonderfully vivid.' '…worth seeking out.' Sunday Times
From the Back Cover
Tony Visconti is synonymous with ground-breaking music. He has worked with the most dynamic and influential names in pop, from T-Rex and Thin Lizzy to David Bowie, Morrissey and U2, and is hailed as one of the greatest music producers of all time.
However it is for his work with Marc Bolan and David Bowie that Visconti is most revered. His relationships with these artists has been hailed as two of the greatest artist/producer partnerships in pop history; Visconti has worked with Bowie on eleven albums to date.
With a back catalogue that reads like a who's who of the movers and shakers in popular culture, this memoir takes you on a roller-coaster journey through the glory days of pop music, when men wore sequins and pop really rocked.
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.