Goodnight, L.A.: The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock–The Untold Story from inside the Legendary Recording Studios

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Goodnight, L.A. from music historian Kent Hartman, as advertised, tells the story of The Rise and Fall of Classic Rock—The Untold Story From Inside The Legendary Recording Studios. Hartman is also a professor at the Business School at Portland State University, and the book is well researched. Some, though, might find the book an advertisement for music of a certain era; but the book is also well written, engaging, and heartfelt.

The story centers around the music that was produced in the 1970s and 1980s in Southern California. One can still hear this music on the radio and sometimes when one walks into work, a store, or a cafe. It was a time when musicians had more freedom to participate in the experimentation of the 1960s and, as argued here, to explore better craftsmanship. Hartman follows the careers of music producer Keith Olsen and guitarist Waddy Wachtel, who are still going strong. The bands and musical artists who had music produced at Goodnight, L.A. and other Southern California recording studios are impressive. Some who are part of this chronicle include Fleetwood Mac, Pat Benatar, Boston, the Eagles, Chicago, the Grateful Dead, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty, Santana, Kenny Loggins, and others. Though superseded by punk music and grunge, as argued here with some personal favorites mentioned, the music of that time still remains classic.

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Author Kent Hartman
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 304 pages
Publisher Da Capo Press
Publish Date 2017-Sep-19
ISBN 9780306824371
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Issue May 2018
Category Music & Movies


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