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Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

ECW. Apr. 2020. 472p. ISBN 9781770414839. pap. $19.95. MUSIC
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Longtime Warner Brothers record producer Templeman details his years in the studio with acts such as the Doobie Brothers, Van Halen, Carly Simon, Van Morrison, and other luminaries of the pop and rock pantheon. While focusing mostly on the years 1966 to 1986, the author ranges from his youth in Santa Cruz, CA, where he learned to play a variety of instruments, to awestruck attendance at recording sessions with Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley, to realizing performing was not his strong suit and that his talents were in his ability to create sounds for others. In prose tinged with humor and pathos, Templeman never ignores the humanity of artists involved on both sides of the glass as he outlines how records come together. Templeman’s self-deprecating humility as he experiences a steep learning curve on a journey culminating in Grammy wins and financial success, as well as his sincere regard for those with whom he worked, makes the narrative especially resonant. Charming contemporary photographs enhance the work.
VERDICT An excellent addition for those interested in the nuts and bolts of the recording process and the triumphs and tribulations of the bands and solo artists of the time.

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