by Richard Williams
"One of the best books to come out of the rock scene"
Publishers' Weekly's assessment of Richard Williams' brilliant portrait of Phil Spector, originally published in 1972.
This classic biography and critical study of Spector's music has now been updated to include the producer's work over the following three decades up to the shooting in bizarre circumstances of actress Lana Clarkson at Spector's Los Angeles mansion on February 3, 2003.
John Lennon: "After reading this book I was amazed at the amount of great records [Spector] had been involved with that had influenced me back in Liverpool. It seems that talented people must always be in a great pain -- their sensitivity is what makes them great artists -- but what a price to pay. He is and always will be one of the great originals of rock music -- and it's true: to know him is to love him."
Richard Williams is among the world's most acclaimed music writers. A former editor of Melody Maker and Time Out, his work has appeared in almost every major English language music magazine in the UK and US as well as The Guardian, The Independent and The Times. He has written well received books on Dylan and Miles Davis, and is at present on the staff of The Guardian.