THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY. BOWIE, BOLAN AND THE BROOKLYN BOY (2008)
TONY VISCONTI (with RICHARD HAVERS)
A name synonymous with ground-breaking music, Tony Visconti has worked with the most dynamic and influential names in pop, from T.Rex and Iggy Pop to David Bowie and U2. This is the compelling life story of the man who helped shape music history, and gives a unique, first-hand insight into life in London during the late 1960s and '70s.
This memoir takes you on a roller-coaster journey through the glory days of pop music, when men wore sequins and pop could truly rock. Featuring behind-the-scenes stories of big names such as Bowie, Visconti's unique access to the hottest talent, both on stage and off, for over five decades is complemented by unseen photographs from his own personal archive, offering a glimpse at music history that few have witnessed so intimately.
Soon after abandoning his native New York to pursue his musical career in the UK, Visconti was soon in the thick of the emerging glam rock movement, launching T.Rex to commercial success and working with the then-unknown David Bowie.
Since his fateful move to the land of tea and beer drunk straight from the can, Visconti has worked with such names as T.Rex, Thin Lizzy, Wings, The Boomtown Rats, Marsha Hunt, Caravan, Procol Harum, and more recently Ziggy Marley, Mercury Rev, the Manic Street Preachers and Morrissey on his acclaimed new album 'Ringleader of the Tormentors'.
Even Visconti's personal life betrays an existence utterly immersed in music. Married to first to Siegrid Berman, then to Mary Hopkin and later to May Pang, he counts many of the musicians and producers he has worked with as close friends and is himself a celebrated musician.
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Midway through the summer of this busy year an album came out that I had worked on during the spring. I still had a soft spot for Art Rock, which is where Caravan fitted in.
They were amongst the finest musicians I've worked with. Pye Hastings their guitarist had a 'thing' for Vicky Brown, the beautiful vocalist who was married to Skiffle legend Joe Brown.
He specifically wanted her to sing on 'Give Me More' and have her whisper, 'would you like to touch', which rendered him nearly orgasmic in the control room.
We recorded this album at a short-lived studio in North London called Unique.
Published:28 Apr 2008
Dimensions:394 pages 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm