Author: Mike Morsch
First Published: 2014
Page Count: 251
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Learn the inside stories of how legendary songs, albums, and artists of the 1970s came to be.
*Accessible to all readers *Wide variety of artists featured
“‘Music is universal. Music has no timeframe. If it’s good, it’s good.'” An avid record collector decided to interview popular bands about their experiences making albums and the book The Vinyl Dialogues was created to record these insightful conversations. Famous names like Hall & Oates, Cheech & Chong, and Chicago are just a few of the groups that Morsch takes on in this book. With over thirty bands covered, any reader interested in the music of the 1970s will be hard-pressed to find a book that so completely encompasses the sound of that era.
I was really surprised that I was not only able to get through this book but I actually enjoyed it. That’s because I literally had no clue who these bands were. Ok well, not no clue. I’ve heard of Hall & Oates, and The Beach Boys but ask me to name one of their songs and you’ll get a blank expression, much to my father’s chagrin I’m sure. If I’ve heard of these bands, it’s because they were a part of some modern vehicle. For example, I recognized The Turtles because I loved the movie Pirate Radio. However, the strong point with this book is that, if you’re like me and the 1970s music scene is not something you’re very knowledgable about, the book is still completely accessible. It’s interesting to hear stories of how famous music, even if you don’t recognize all of it, came to be. There is also a wide variety of bands covered so I didn’t feel bored since you got to keep jumping into new stories and interviews.
The one thing that might be a negative for someone that is really into this era is that the chapters on each band are very brief. It worked great for a reader like me because I could get a really broad view of the time period and got exposed to a lot of artists. Although, if you’re really looking for an in-depth view of a band like The Beach Boys, you might be better off trying to locate a book specifically on that group. The reader really only gets the story on one or two albums, the albums covers, and maybe two popular songs. The five or so pages per band is certainly not enough to fully summarize their entire career.
Though this book doesn’t delve deeply into each band individually, it is a great look at the overall era. For someone like me who knew next to nothing about the 70s, this book revealed a lot to me in only 251 pages. If you’re interested in music, even if you think you’re only a fan of the modern stuff, this book is worth checking out. There’s a lot one can learn from the past, and so much of the music today is still influenced by the artists of this time.
*I received a free copy of this book for this review from the author.