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11.23.2012 | | Posted at 08:54 AM

The Making of a Classic Album

By David Luhrssen
 Peter Gabriel was the star that did everything possible to monkey wrench his stardom, refusing even the basic step of titling his first four albums because that would seem too much like advertising, he explained. Gabriel had hits anyway, but his fifth album, reluctantly titled So (1986), finally pushed him into platinum with such signal songs of the period as “Sledgehammer” and “Big ...
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011

Famed music producer offers engineering, compositional insight

Producer culture in American popular music took off with Rick Rubin, who restored or recreated Johnny Cash as the folk-singing Man in Black. Rubin failed to entirely reinvent Neil Diamond and Kris Kristofferson, but with his imprimatur those artists received some kind of renewed pretense regarding...

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