Order my memoir of my 1970s days in the New York recording world, working with the greatest artists of our age including Dylan, Jagger, Sinatra, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Judy Collins, Bette Midler, Bob Fosse and many others, under the tutelage of world-class producer/engineer Phil Ramone.
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Each time a showbiz icon self-destructs we are left feeling dismay and confusion. We are sad to lose someone we loved for having made the world a brighter place with their music, laughter, or drama, and we are bewildered that someone who seemed to have everything we want – success, fame, and fortune – would destroy it all by their own hand. The question of why has plagued me for decades. It began in the years I spent as a recording engineer working with some of the greatest artists of our age including Sinatra, Dylan, and Jagger, and continued when I spent as a recording engineer working with some of the greatest artists of our age including Sinatra, Dylan, and Jagger, and continued when I became a psychotherapist who works with many artist clients. Find out the answer here.
We were coming to the end of our first psychotherapy session when I asked my new client, Paul, if he had any questions for me. Paul hesitated before speaking. “Well, I mean,” then he laughs. “Am I crazy?”
This is one of the two basic concerns that people have when they come into therapy. The other worry is, “will you be able to help me?”
“Whether I can help you depends on the answer to the crazy question, but in a way that may surprise you,” I answer.
It’s 1974, NYC. The coolest glam band in the world, The New York Dolls, are cutting their second album, Too Much, Too Soon, and I’m assistant engineer on the session. Read about their outfits, volume, chaos, and debauchery as they work on “Stranded in the Jungle” with producer Shadow Morton and engineer DIxon Van Winkle. Guest appearance by the Harlots of 42nd Street.