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A Wizard, A True Star: Todd Rundgren in the Studio (2010)

by Paul Myers

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Few record producers possess the musical facility to back up such a bold promise, but in over forty-plus years behind the glass, Todd Rundgren has willed himself into becoming a not only a rock guitar virtuoso, an accomplished lead vocalist and vocal arranger and visionary keyboard player, not to mention a serviceable drummer. But arguably, Rundgren{u2019}s greatest instrument of all is the recording studio itself. A Wizard A True Star: Todd Rundgren In The Studio by Paul Myers is a fascinating and authoritative trip through the land of flickering red lights inhabited by a studio wizard - and true star - who has rarely enjoyed a proper victory lap along the many trails that he has blazed. Researched and written with the participation and cooperation of Rundgren himself, Myers also draws upon exclusive new interviews with Robbie Robertson, Patti Smith, XTC, Sparks, Daryl Hall and John Oates, Meat Loaf, Jim Steinman, Cheap Trick, Grand Funk, The Psychedelic Furs, The Tubes, Steve Hillage, all members of Rundgren's legendary band, Utopia, and many other key Rundgren associates.… (more)



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Great biography of the fascinating genius of Todd Rundgren and an interesting peek inside the recording industry and its evolution from the 1970's to the present. Detailed, well written and lovingly compiled. A bit too brief in the later years, but a very satisfying read for this Rundgren fan. ( )
1 vote readaholic12 | Dec 31, 2011 |
It was great to take stock on Rundgren's body of work both as producer and musician. Each chapter focuses on a different project compiled and quoting interviews by musicians, engineers and the man himself. While not strictly a bio, it includes in passing key incidents without letting this get in the way of the books intention, to document Todd in the studio and the development of his craft, which has proved to be anything but predictable musically. He's one of the few that have been able to carve out a life in an industry where safe, boring music is the unfortunate outcome. It would have been great to read each chapter and listen to the record, that is for another day. ( )
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