Item description for Bruce Swedien - Make Mine Music by Bruce Swedien...
Ever since he was given a disc recorder by his father at the tender age of ten, Bruce Swedien has known what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. The list of people that he has worked with is too long to list, but when one mentions musicians like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughan, Eddie Harris, Quincy Jones, Jennifer Lopez, and even Michael Jackson in his "Thriller" days, a great deal is immediately understood. In this book, Swedien generously gives away detailed information from his lifetime in the studio, from musical, personal and technical angles. This is a book that can easily be read by anyone interested in music. The content will appeal to those interested in the stories behind some of the best music to ever come out of the recording studio.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.3" Width: 6.8" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2004
Publisher MIA Press
ISBN 8299675618 ISBN13 9788299675611 UPC 073999736243
Reviews - What do customers think about Bruce Swedien - Make Mine Music?
Nice Idea, Lousy Execution Jul 4, 2006
Some unique and wonderful war stories made this otherwise embarassingly bad book worth the time invested in reading it. Sadly, Bruce not only worked without a ghost writer, but must have negotiated a deal that tied his editor's hands. Too much of the writing is disjointed, self-indulgent, and inappropriately compiled. Some parts contain too much uninteresting personal detail (although a daughter-in-the-studio story or two might have been fun), while others contain more technical details than even a geek like me wants to read (I already know that I'll never be able to afford 99% of the equipment he uses). Much too frequently, sentence after sentence is distractingly bad or inappropriate. This could have been a monumental work if someone like Bobby Owsinski had interviewed Bruce and written the book. Instead, we have an awful first draft of great stories by someone that has no writing skills. Enjoy the stories, but know what you're getting.
A Terrific Achievement Jan 30, 2006
Bruce Swedien is an icon to anyone who loves music and recording. His book is one of the best you can read if you want to learn about both subjects--and the man himself. Unfortunately, this site still allows serial attackers like Tim from Chicago to try to ruin any authors who are smarter than him, which is every author. When will this injurious practice end? Tim never reveals his conflicts of interest and personal prejudices. Probably poor Bruce looked at him the wrong way once in a studio. Whenever I see a "review" by this unhappy person, I automatically discount it as untrue. Now, everyone, know the neutral truth: Mr. Swedien's book is NOT poorly written, designed, and edited. On the contrary. It is a smoothly done work, one that will be on my bookshelf for the rest of my life. Shame on you, Tim, for denigrating a great book and an even greater talent. And thank you, Mr. Swedien, for making my life a little brighter with your recordings.
Literary Engineering Masterpiece Oct 23, 2005
This is probably one of the most difficult yet exciting reviews I will ever write. The fact that a pro engineer who has worked with so many power house artists is willing to share even a few of his tricks, is just short of mind blowing. As many are aware the recording industry is largely secretive, except in the case of Mr. Swedien and a few others. Bruce's explinations of early multitracking, Over dubbing and mic placement I found particularly fascinating. However in my opinion there are several key eliments of his career that were either left out or unduely included. Probably my biggest dispointment with this book was that there was no mention of his sessions with Muddy Waters or the rumored sessions with Cream. I also found it monotonous when he shared his mic technics used for Jackson's vocal tracks. It's pretty obvious to even the most amateur of engineers that Telefunken or Neuman mics, with Neve pre amps are used on virtually all pro recordings. Over all though this was a stunning book. His writting style is unique and accetpable. A must read for all recording engineers and producers.
Bruce Swedien is my father Aug 29, 2005
I am Bruce Swedien's daughter and I grew up in recording studios watching him work. I was 8 years old when he recorded a Falstaff beer commercial with The Cream at Universal in Chicago. They were on break so I started banging on the drums. Ginger Baker, a heroin addict, came flying into the studio, screaming "Get off my drums, you little (expletive)". I ran into the control room, crying, and a very kind man came in, handed me a pair of drumsticks, and said "It's alright. Here, take these." It was Eric Clapton. I have stories upon stories about Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Barbra Streisand, Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Donna Summer, Chaka Khan, The Chi Lites, Sergio Mendes, Franki Valli, Buddy Miles, Eddie Harris, and many more. Not only does my father's book omit these legendary stories, he omits the very fact that he has three children; two daughters and a son. You really shouldn't have done that, dad. The people want to know the truth.
Great insight from a master Jul 19, 2005
Funny how most everyone is judging this book from an author's perspective. How lame. I disagree totally. You miss the point of the book if you are looking for literary excellence. Bruce never set out to write an epic drama or a lesson in prose-he just wanted to share what it was like to have been where he has been, as well as impart to the reader the perspective that governs his musical decisions. He takes the reader back to a primitive time where music was in a form of innocence, and tries to show you how he had a hand in a ton of historical musical events. An awesome read, from a brilliant man who has helped shape the hits that we live our lives to. While it isn't necessarily a how-to book, I think there is some great information for audio enthusiasts about mics, placement, and technique. Congrats Bruce, on a great book. Highly recommended.