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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust Now Available

June 6th, 2012 is somewhat historic in that it's the 40th anniversary of the release of David Bowie's seminal The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, and the 50th anniversary of the first time that The Beatles stepped into Abbey Road Studios to record.

It's also the release date of legendary producer/engineer Ken Scott's memoir Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust, co-written by yours truly.

What's the connection to The Beatles and Bowie? Ken was one of the 5 main Beatles engineers, starting as an assistant on A Hard Day's Night, then working his way up to a full engineer on Magical Mystery Tour and The White Album. As for Bowie, Ken co-produced Ziggy Stardust, as well as his Hunky Dory, Pinups and Alladin Sane albums.

But Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust is about much more than that, as Ken discusses his time doing Beatle solo projects (Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance," Ringo's "It Don't Come Easy," and Harrison's All Things Must Pass), Elton John, Supertramp, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Devo, Kansas, The Tubes, Duran Duran, Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra and many more.

If you're curious as to the gear that Ken, The Beatles or Bowie used, Ken's recording and mixing techniques, and the layout and hierarchy of the famous Abbey Road Studio, there's plenty of detail all laid out in convenient sidebars so it can be easily found. But if you're just a fan, there's plenty of juicy never-before-told stories and photos that read like a who's who of the 70's and 80's.

I can tell you that even though I helped write the book, I still find it fun and enjoyable to read after being through it dozens of times. It's the next best thing to being there yourself. I hope you'll enjoy it just as much.

Abbey Road To Ziggy Stardust can now be found at any book store, music store, or online, and will soon be available for Kindle and iPad.

If you want to read more about the book and see a full overview of each chapter, go to abbeytoziggy.com.

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