Rock Legends at Rockfield

Calon/Univ. of Wales. Apr. 2023. 200p. ISBN 9781915279040. $16. MUSIC
Opening in the 1960s on a farm in the Welsh countryside, the music recording studio Rockfield has seen rock legends record some of the best-known albums of the past 50 years. Black Sabbath, Queen, Rush, Motörhead, Robert Plant, Simple Minds, Oasis, and Coldplay are just a sampling of some of the artists who recorded there. Music journalist Collins (Stuart Cable: From Cwmaman to the Stereophonics and Beyond) documents the history of this venerable studio through extensive reminiscences from musicians, producers, and studio workers. Known as a residential studio—one that band members can live in while they work—Rockfield’s rural setting contrasts with studios in metropolitan areas, with its very atmosphere sometimes aiding in the creative process. This book includes many oral remembrances of artistic creation, along with tales of the hijinks and the internecine dramas that occurred in the studio over the decades.

CORRECTION: This review originally listed the wrong publisher; the book is published by Calon/University of Wales Press. LJ regrets the error.

VERDICT This anecdotally rich book is breezily written with extended quotations forming the heart of the story of a still-in-use studio. It will appeal to rock-history fans in search of both musical lore and the stories behind some of rock’s most memorable albums and bands.
Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing