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Are we still rolling? : studios, drugs and rock 'n' roll : one man's journey recording classic albums

Phill Brown (Author)
Phill Brown's Are We Still Rolling? follows the adventures of a recording engineer and record producer, from his first glimpse of a magical recording studio in the mid-1960s, up through a busy career that continues to the present day. Observing his brother's sessions with The Yardbirds, Phill saw an opportunity for a life much more exciting than one selling gents' wear. As the young tape operator on sessions for Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, The Small Faces, Jimi Hendrix, Traffic, and Joe Cocker at the famed Olympic Sound Studios in London, Phill learned the ropes from experienced engineers and producers such as Jimmy Miller and Glyn Johns. Phill soon was working at Island Record's London studios, engineering sessions for Mott the Hoople, David Bowie, Sly Stone, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Robert Palmer, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Steve Winwood, Harry Nilsson, John Martyn and even live recordings for Joni Mitchell and Pink Floyd. Becoming a freelance engineer in 1976, Phill began working with artists such as Roxy Music, Go West, Talk Talk, Throwing Muses, Mark Hollis, Dido, Beth Gibbons, David Gilmour and Robert Plant. From The Stones' Beggars Banquet to Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and the much-adored final two Talk Talk albums, Phill Brown has been at the creation of some of the most treasured music of the past 40 years. More than just the music, this is a man's journey through life, as Phill struggles to balance home and family with a job where drug abuse, chaos, rampant egos, greed, lies, an increasingly invasive record business and what once seemed like harmless indulgences take their toll
Print Book, English, 2010
Tape Op ; Distributed by Hal Leonard ; Publishers Group UK [distributor], [Portland, Or.], [Milwaukee, Wisc.], Enfield, 2010
xi, 368 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
9780977990313, 0977990311
Olympic Studios (part one), 02/11/67
Olympic Studios (part two), 26/03/68
The Rolling Stones, 10/06/68
Canada, 28/06/69
Island Studios, 21/07/70
Jeff Beck, 09/09/71
Harry Nilsson, 29/02/72
Murray Head, 01/09/72
Bob Marley & the Wailers, 20/02/73
Joe Brown, 04/05/74
Robert Palmer, 15/05/74
Dana Gillespie, 03/07/74
Robert Palmer, 18/03/75
Pink Floyd, 15/11/74
Stomu Yamashta ; Rock follies, 16/02/76
Robert Palmer, 12/06/76
Joe South, 05/10/76
Steve Winwood, 27/10/76
John Martyn, 11/11/77
Shakin' Stevens, 12/01/78
Roxy Music, 26/09/78
Paul Carrack, 19/03/80
Murray Head, 10/10/81
Red Box, 04/09/84
Go West, 13/03/86
Talk Talk, 05/09/86
Talk Talk, 11/02/91
Allen Spenner, 28/07/91
O.rang, 14/11/91
Throwing Muses, 07/11/93
Fusanosuke Kondo, 23/05/94
Mark Hollis, 21/06/96
Dido, 30/05/07
Epilogue, 11/08