Ian Whitcomb

Tycoon of Teen

Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector


Bloomsbury 512pp £18.99 order from our bookshop

The career of this legendary record producer has already been covered in many books, so do we need another? I myself have written about the eccentric self-styled ‘genius’ who, in the twilight before Beatle sunshine, conjured up a mighty tsunami of sound to be enjoyed on cheap phonographs and car radios by adolescents of body or brain.

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