The Company tells us that, in his signature style, Mixerman provides us a comprehensive blueprint for all that the job entails – from the organizational discipline needed to run a successful recording session, to the visionary leadership required to inspire great performances. As Mixerman points out, "It doesn't matter if you're producing a country album or a hard-rock album: the goal is to communicate with the audience in a manner they understand."
Hal Leonard says that Zen and the Art of Producing is a fun-to-read guide that teaches you everything from team building and the necessary social skills, to how to pick successful projects and deal with the mechanics and the money side in an ever-changing industry. Here's some quotes that they have published...
"This book addresses the actual task of producing brilliantly. I wish every young artist and engineer I've worked with had read it!" - Bob Olhsson (Stevie Wonder, Jackson Five, Marvin Gaye)
"Producing a record, and doing it well, is crucially important, insanely difficult, maddeningly subtle and exquisitely complex. And all of that is to be found in this book." - William Wittman (Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, The Fixx)
"Informative and entertaining, this is a book that any 'wanna be producer' (and several established producers) should keep in their racks to constantly use as reference." - Ron Saint German (Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, Living Colour)
"The production equivalent of a Kama Sutra for the double-jointed." - Aardvark (Johnny Reed, Ren and Stimpy, Byron)
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