Tearing Down the Wall of Sound by Mick Brown

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Brown's briskly readable bio suggests that behind Spector's hatred of a pop world that had passed him by lies an almost pathological desire for love that, to paraphrase a singer strongly influenced by Spector's melodramatic "little symphonies for the kids," could easily have turned murderous.
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He had a number one hit at eighteen. He was a millionaire with his own record label at twenty-two. He was, according to Tom Wolfe, “the first tycoon of teen.” Phil Spector owned pop music. From the Crystals, the Ronettes (whose lead singer, Ronnie, would become his second wife), and the Righteous Brothers to the Beatles (together and singly) and finally the seventies punk icons The Ramones, Spector produced hit after hit. But then he became pop music's most famous recluse. Until one day in the spring of 2007, when his name hit the tabloids, connected to a horrible crime. In Tearing Down the Wall of Sound, Mick Brown, who was the last journalist to interview Spector before his arrest, tells the full story of the troubled musical genius.


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About Mick Brown

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Mick Brown was born in London in 1950 and has interviewed Salvador Dali, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Don DeLillo, Richard Ford, Ravi Shankar, and the Dalai Lama, and has written several books as well on Richard Branson, the movie Performance, and a guide to America through pop songs. His interview with Spector-the first in twenty-five years-was published in The Telegraph in England only days before Lana Clarkson was found dead in his "castle" in Los Angeles.
 
Published June 5, 2007 by Vintage. 464 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Nathan Rabin on Jun 28 2007

Brown's briskly readable bio suggests that behind Spector's hatred of a pop world that had passed him by lies an almost pathological desire for love that, to paraphrase a singer strongly influenced by Spector's melodramatic "little symphonies for the kids," could easily have turned murderous.

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