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eBook Off the Record: Oral History of Popular Music ePub

by Joe Smith

  • ISBN: 0283999144
  • Category: Music
  • Subcategory: Photo and Art
  • Author: Joe Smith
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd (August 1989)
  • Pages: 448
  • ePub book: 1385 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1948 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 708

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Originally published in 1988, Joe Smith's oral history of popular music is a fascinating book to just skip around i. His final entry concerns celebrities who didn't participate, or troubles he had with some who did. Col.

There's also over 200 b&w photograph repros.

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Joe Smith, who presided over three major record companies in a career that stretched from the early days of rock ’n’ roll to the . Excerpts were collected in a book, Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music (1988)

Joe Smith, who presided over three major record companies in a career that stretched from the early days of rock ’n’ roll to the CD boom of the 1990s, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 91. His family announced the death. Excerpts were collected in a book, Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music (1988). In 2012 he donated the tapes of the interviews to the Library of Congress. Joseph Benjamin Smith was born in Boston on Jan. 26, 1928, to Phil and Lil Smith and raised nearby in Chelsea, Mass. After graduating from high school in 1945, he joined the Army, serving in the occupation forces at Okinawa.

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Smith worked with some of the most notable artists of the second half of the 20th century, and famously used his connections and expertise to craft the exhaustive 1988 book, Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music (he later donated the 238 hours of interviews he conducted to the Library of Congress). Popular on Rolling Stone.

In 1988 he published a book, Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music, a collection of more than 200 interviews with musicians

Record company executive who signed the Grateful Dead and Van Morrison, and enjoyed massive success with the Eagles. In 1988 he published a book, Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music, a collection of more than 200 interviews with musicians. In 2015 he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Donnie (Dione Greenstein), son, Jeff, and daughter, Julie.

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Smith also wrote a book, Off the Record: An Oral History of Popular Music, which featured major artist interviews and was celebrates for its deep appreciation for artistry. Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Smith spent time in the military and then earned a degree from Yale, He became a radio DJ in Boston, then moved to the West Coast to work in promotion for Warner Bros. He became its president in 1972. Beyond music, Smith appeared in several films, doing cameos in Jamboree, FM and One Trick Pony.

Comments

JoldGold JoldGold
The most compelling -- and fun -- book on pop music I've ever read. And I've read dozens of them. Joe Smith lets some 275 popular music figures tell their stories in their own words. And in bite-sized segments that leave you hungry for more.

The interviewees may be legendary or obscure ... musicians or songwriters ....producers or managers .... studio heads or studio engineers. Like me, you may start by I started by cherrypicking cherrypick the McCartneys and Dylans and Bonos. Like me, you'll eventually devour every interviewee, even the prehistoric big-band names you may or may not recognize.

By the way, Smith donated the audio tapes of every full interview to the Library of Congress. Many of these are now posted on line. Besides getting more info than the snippets in the book, you get to second-guess what Smith chose to use and leave out. And it's a treat to hear the back and forth between Smith and his subjects.

Two complaints that are really compliments: 1. The book was published in 1988. Too bad Smith didn't produce Part 2 covering the last 30 years. 2. I wish Smith had put more of his own eventful career on paper, either here or in a separate autobiography.

For now, Off the Record remains the book of record in my personal pop music library.
Flas Flas
a series of short (2 pages) interview distillations from in-person 30min-2hr sessions; this only whets the appetite for access to ALL the recorded interviews at the National Library of Congress that access only ~50 of these (that are also on iTunes) - why can't they make ALL the interviews available?
Jugami Jugami
My husband had lunch with Joe Smith and he was given a copy of this personally. I purchased this one as a gift for our friend because he loved it so much. It's well worth purchasing and an excellent and interesting read. It's a great coffee table book, as one can read up on any musician they wish.
Varshav Varshav
I have read this book at least three times and find it endlessly entertaining. It features artists and other music industry insiders from the 40's to the 80's telling their own stories in their own words. Each person is featured in a self-contained "chapter" that lasts just a couple of pages; the format lends itself to reading whenever you have a few minutes to spare. I recommend this book highly if you are interested in the subject.
Blackstalker Blackstalker
Music geeks will loved getting the back story from and about their favorite stars. Nice book to dip in and out of when you're listening to some favorite songs.
Rivik Rivik
Originally published in 1988, Joe Smith's oral history of popular music is a fascinating book to just skip around in. Two hundred musicians, singers, producers, songwriters and other record industry folks share their thoughts within these 429 pages. There's also over 200 b&w photograph repros.

Just a sample of what's to be found here:

MIKE NESMITH dismisses the Monkees as actors forced to become a real band after their vocals w/backing studio musicians unexpectedly hit big. Mike prefers to talk of Jimi Hendrix, and recalls how his trio was practically booed off the stage when they were opening act on the first Monkees concert tour.
GEORGE MARTIN tells word-for-word stories he's repeated over the years.
JOHN FOGERTY admits to killing Creedence Clearwater Revival after just six years because his ability to write new songs dried up.
Lyricist SAMMY CAHN's great life lesson: "Do something for the joy of doing it and pray you won't be punished." He and 'Julie' Styne wrote "Let it Snow" on the hottest day of the summer.
ELLA FITZGERALD reveals that she often ruined a take with Louis Armstrong because seeing Satchmo's socks rolled down to the ankle always made her laugh.
DONNA SUMMER's career began in a German production of HAIR. After some of her Giorgio Moroder demos led to chart success in Holland, Donna came up with the phrase, "Love to love you, baby." American stardom soon followed, yet Boston-born Summer says she feels like a foreigner in the States.
BONES HOWE, engineer for indie producer Lou Adler, explains how they created the first "go-go" record, by overdubbing a studioful of exuberant high school girls onto Johnny Rivers' cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis." Howe also says the Mamas & Papas' original name was the Magic Circle.
One of HERB ALPERT's earliest successes was composing with Lou Adler the Sam Cooke hit, "Wonderful World." Royalties from a minor West Coast single, "Tell it to the Birds" were used to finance "The Lonely Bull." An international hit, this song was the seed that grew into A&M Records, a company that Alpert and partner Jerry Moss had never even considered starting.
DION (Di Mucci) says Buddy Holly invited him to fly on the tour plane (with Big Bopper and Richie Valens) as a way to lower the price per person, but "I didn't go because I was cheap." That fatal 1959 crash made Dion ponder the meaning of his life and the future.
ARTIE SHAW claims that in 1938 he was earning the equivalent of 600K (in 1988 dollars) every week, but being forced to play "Begin the Beguine" every night was making him crazy. After he quit playing in the mid-1950s, Shaw never again touched the clarinet.

Sprinkled throughout the book are comments by Joe Smith. His final entry concerns celebrities who didn't participate, or troubles he had with some who did. Col. Tom Parker wanted 25K for ten minutes, or 2.5K for each Elvis anecdote. Frank Sinatra, a long-time Smith acquaintance, was a big disappointment. Chuck Berry didn't want to give away material he was planning to use in his own book. Johnnie Ray blew ff an appointment, left Joe to sit in his Mercedes outside Ray's home.

CONTENTS

Preface / Artie Shaw / Tex Beneke / Lionel Hampton / Art Lund / Sammy Cahn / Woody Herman / Charlie Barnet / Ella Fitzgerald / Lou Levy / Billy May / Sy Oliver / Buddy Rich / Milt Gabler / Maxine Andrews / Sammy Kaye / Herb Jeffries / Sammy Fain / Ray Anthony / Paul Weston / Jo Stafford / Jack Leonard / Al Gallico / Les Brown / Peggy Lee / Mitch Miller / Margaret Whiting / Frankie Laine / Stan Getz / Dave Brubeck / Patti Page / Henry Mancini / Ed Ames / Harry Belafonte / Phyllis McGuire / Bob Thiele / Rosemary Clooney / Ray Ellis / Carmen MacRae / Les Baxter / Johnnie Ray / Ruth Brown / Ahmet Ertegun / Ray Charles / Quincy Jones / Jerry Wexler / Les Paul / Tony Bennett / Barbra Streisand / Joe Smith / Bo Diddley / Little Richard / Jerry Lee Lewis / Roy Orbison / James Brown / Dick Clark / Hank Ballard / Paul Robi / Pat Boone / Del Shannon / Marshall Chess / Phil Everly / Dion / Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller / Ben E. King / Barry Mann / Gerry Goffin / Duane Eddy / Al Bennett / Little Anthony / Artie Ripp / Jimmie Haskell / Tom Jones / Bob Marcucci / Fabian / Jeff Barry / Ellie Greenwich / George "Shadow" Morton / B.B. King / Harold Leventhal / Pete Seeger / Joan Baez / John Stewart / Mary Travers / Peter Yarrow / Bob Dylan / Smokey Robinson / Mary Wilson / Lamont Dozier / Levi Stubbs / Eddie Kendricks / Martha Reeves / Mike Love / Dean Torrence / Herb Alpert / Lester Sill / Neil Diamond / Bob Crewe / Frankie Valli / Bobby Vinton / Cubby Checker / Brooks Arthur / Paul McCartney / George Martin / Dave Clark / Mick Jagger / Mickie Most / Peter Noone / Tony Stanton Smith / Cliff Richard / Peter Asher / Roger Daltrey / Donovan / Mark Lindsay / Michael Nesmith / Johnny Rivers / Lou Adler / Country Joe McDonald / Bill Graham / Paul Kantner / Al Schmidt / Jann Wenner / Joe Smith / Jerry Garcia / Mickey Hart / Robbie Robertson / John Fogerty / Robby Kreiger / Paul Rothchild / John Sebastian / Clive Davis / George Harrison / Yoko Ono / Booker T. Jones / Isaac Hayes / Al Green / Al Kooper / Van Morrison / Alice Cooper / Robert Hilburn / Russ Regan / Elton John / Paul Simon / Lou Rawls / Jac Holzman / Judy Collins / Bill Medley / Jimmy Webb / Graham Nash / Stephen Stills / Joe Cocker / Linda Ronstadt / David Geffen / Joni Mitchell / James Taylor / Carly Simon / Jackson Browne / Valerie Simpson / Nick Ashford / Ry Cooder / Randy Newman / Teddy Pendergrass / Kenny Gamble / Richard Carpenter / Al Jarreau / Kenny Rogers / David Gates / Herbie Hancock / George Benson / Walter Yetnikoff / Bob Seger / Robert Plant / Chris Wright / Ian Anderson / Rod Stewart / Joe Smith / Don Henley / Glenn Frey / Irving Azoff / David Bowie / Roger Waters / Richard Branson / Robert Lamm / Olivia Newton-John / Justin Hayward / Jon Anderson / Chris Squire / Gene Simmons / Paul Stanley / Dan Fogelberg / Michael McDonald / Lionel Ritchie / Natalie Cole / Richard Perry / Peter Frampton / Barry White / Don McLean / Boz Scaggs / Leo Sayer / Donna Summer / Tommy Mottola / Lindsey Buckingham / Christine McVie / Anita Pointer / Michael Chapman / Tom Petty / Tina Turner / Steven Tyler / Joe Perry / Pat Benatar / Dee Snider / Robert Palmer / John Cougar Mellencamp / Phil Ramone / Billy Joel / Phil Collins / Sting / George Michael / Bono / David Lee Roth / Joe Smith