Soul Mining: A Musical Life

Soul Mining A Musical Life Bob Dylan Willie Nelson Emmylou Harris U Peter Gabriel and the Neville Brothers all have something in common some of their best albums were produced by Daniel Lanois A French speaking kid from C

  • Title: Soul Mining: A Musical Life
  • Author: Daniel Lanois
  • ISBN: 9781429962988
  • Page: 413
  • Format: ebook
  • Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel, and the Neville Brothers all have something in common some of their best albums were produced by Daniel Lanois A French speaking kid from Canada, Lanois was driven by his innate curiosity and intense love of music to transcend his small town origins and become one of the world s most prolific and successfulBob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, U2, Peter Gabriel, and the Neville Brothers all have something in common some of their best albums were produced by Daniel Lanois A French speaking kid from Canada, Lanois was driven by his innate curiosity and intense love of music to transcend his small town origins and become one of the world s most prolific and successful record producers, as well as a brilliant musician in his own right Lanois takes us through his childhood, from being one of four kids raised by a single mother on a hairdresser s salary, to his discovery by Brian Eno, to his work on albums such as U2 s The Joshua Tree, Bob Dylan s Time Out of Mind, and Emmylou Harris s Wrecking Ball Revealing for the first time ever his unique recording secrets and innovations, Lanois delves into the ongoing evolution of technology, discussing his earliest sonic experiments with reel to reel decks, the birth of the microchip, the death of discrete circuitry, and the arrival of the download era Part technological treatise, part philosophical manifesto on the nature of artistic excellence and the overwhelming need for music, Soul Mining brings the reader viscerally inside the recording studio, where the surrounding forces have always been just as important as the resulting albums Beyond skill, beyond record budgets, beyond image and ego, Lanois s work and music show the value of dedication and soul His lifelong quest to find the perfect mixture of tradition and innovation is inimitable and unforgettable.

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    • If you're considering reading this book then I can help you out - you should.It's almost a bunch of short stories and disjointed thoughts stuck together between 2 covers - maybe you'll see it that way and you'll still like it - but there's a steel thread that runs through the whole thing that speaks to a purity within Lanois that forms the basis of all of his work.I'm not going to ramble, just read it. You'll probably be familiar with the artists he works with and you'll likely know a lot of the [...]

    • "ere are moments of epiphany. It's laboratoy work, really, and any scientist will tell you that research is trial and error, and sometimes by products are more interesting than what you thought you were supposed to be going after. Doubt is just part of the recipe So there I was wondering what the hell it was all about, banging into brick walls, hoping to find a way to make it all work. I was not about to be a casualty of mediocrity. Innovation is costly - it eats away at your life, your time. It [...]

    • A very well written book by a great musical presence, both for his own work and his production of Dylan, Willie, Emmylou, Gabriel, U2, the Nevilles, and many more. Sort of a twin to Bob Dylan's Chronicle's volume 1ntains this gem: "These early pioneers had invented a sound that would speak to the world and that held the four vital ingredients—sexuality, godliness, joy, and groove.” Daniel Lanois on early reggae, from his book Soul Mining, p159

    • He's not as good a writer as he is a producer, but he "gets 'er done". Sometimes he drones on about equipment he uses that only an audiophile would care about, and yet it gives insight into how thorough and specific he is in his craft. His stories made me go back and revisit albums I had liked and I was able to then know why a little better. If I ever got to meet Lanois, I'd thank him for the gift. My kinda guy.

    • I love Dan Lanois. I admired and studied his work for decades, met him recently, and now I know that he's the real deal. A true artist's artist; he's easily my favourite Canadian. If his music (obviously including production) has ever moved you in any way, read this and listen to those tracks again. Truly inspirational for any intelligent and passionate musician.

    • A great read for anybody who's ever been in a recording studio for more than 12 hours and discovered the meaning of life through the trials and tribulations of working with musicians for a living. Lanois' stories of working with U2 and Dylan are especially heartfelt and inspiring. I couldn't wait to finish this book and plug in a microphone.

    • While might not have been the best music autobiography I've read, but it's still a really interesting look into one of my musical heroes. Lots of fun stories and thoughts.

    • Disclaimer: I have worked as a musician/recording engineer/producer and I'm a big fan of Daniel Lanois and his approach to music. So yes, I may be biased. This is a must read for any Daniel Lanois fan and by extension fans of U2, later era Bob Dylan, etc. It reads like a collection of anecdotes, short stories and memories hobbled together, but the underlying theme is that of purity

    • Similar to Bob Dylan's "Chronicles Vol. 1" Lanois' "Soul Mining" presents remembrances of various times of his life in short chapters. It could be 20 pages on his first recording studio (in his mom's) basement, the time he first met Brian Eno, 3 pages on recording U2's "Beautiful Day", recording "Oh, Mercy!" or (my personal fave) "Wrecking Ball". Each story is well written with lots of musical production facts that are of interest to a layman like mecommended if you like the work of Daniel Lanoi [...]

    • "Soul Mining: A musical life" is a trip through Daniel Lanois' travels, friendships, dreams and inspirations. Hard to believe this Canadian was a candle maker in Gainsville, Florida, for a while, then not too long after that he was producing albums for U2. If you play and record music yourself, you'll love his stories from the studio, and most likely gain knowledge and insights. Some of them are simple, perhaps obvious, but to hear them coming from the source, they gain heft and height.Lanois sp [...]

    • I have loved Daniel Lanois as a producer and songwriter for decades - he's taken me from my core listening in 1980s modern rock (legendary records by U2, Peter Gabriel) into spooky dirges by Bob Dylan and the space-age country of Emmylou Harris's WRECKING BALL. I have more records that he's played on, written, sung, produced or engineered than anyone else on the planet. Needless to say I loved this book but I didn't always like it. You have to accept Lanois' voice - musical, yearning, frustrated [...]

    • I read this memoir by Daniel Lanois while going through a bit of a Lanois binge (albums, concert, stage interview). Lanois' production elevates the music of some very talented artists (Peter Gabriel, the Neville Brothers, U2, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Neil Young, et al), and his solo albums are filled with mood and atmosphere. So is his book. This isn't a tell-all autobiography. Some personal aspects of his life aren't discussed at all. It's a quilt of a memoir and the creation o [...]

    • I've worshiped at the sonic altar of Danny Lanois for 15 years or so now, so I was overjoyed a few months ago when I found out that he was putting out a book.This book is basically an auto-biography, but much like Bob Dylan's "Chronicles, Vol. 1" it sort of jumps around in time and space. It's not arranged chronologically at all. In both books, this kind of bugged me a little bit.Still, Lanois' writing is poetic, atmospheric, personal. No surprise to those familiar with his production techniques [...]

    • Wonderful telling of Daniel Lanois' life story in his original voice.Of course it contains many details of the main albums he produced and encounters with the artists. And what wonderful albums these have been. All of the masterpieces have a very specific Lanois sound fabric and would not be so great without him.The real surprise is how well written this book is. It is not at all a chronological re-telling of his life. It is more like impressionistic painting with words. Yes, there are stretches [...]

    • Were it not for Daniel Lanois being such a great influence, I might have only given this a 3 star rating. From a literary perspective, it could have used a little nip/tuck from an editor. However, as it is stream of conscience, it also revealing.His phrasing and storytelling abilities are on display as he weaves together tales of the creation of many seminal records he's left his fingerprints on. He refers to his studio as a laboratory and his life's work as 'in search of sounds.'I particularly [...]

    • I admit I read this about 3 pages at a go. But that was perfect. Each time I dipped into it, there was some gem waiting there for me about making music, recording music or living life. Usually the waxings on of famous people about working with other famous people leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Not this time. I found his observations about his own process in relation to the processes of all manner of artists he's worked with pretty darn fascinating. Throughout, some cool ideas about recording. A [...]

    • This was a wonderful read, especially for a recording geek like me who has also been recording since I was a teenager bouncing mixes between two reel to reel tape recorders in my mom's basement. Not only is Lanois a world class producer who has recorded many of the best albums by many of my favorite artists, he is also a great storyteller and musical philosopher on the written page. His book reveals an intensely organized, focused and imaginative mind at work. His life and work experiences have [...]

    • Daniel Lanois writes in a confusing, overly poetic style that often leaves you adrift mid-paragraph or even mid-sentence. You are hurtling through time and space, first in California then in Canada then in New Orleans. What year is it? Who knows? He uses odd metaphors as the building blocks for his stories about originality and the artist as martyr upon the altar of commerce, although being one of the more successful producers in modern history, one has reason to doubt his bona fides as a suffer [...]

    • Since Lanois' songs and music production have such beauty and depth, I was a bit disappointed that his writing didn't have the same impact. He writes about his humble beginnings, about his messy but loving family, but the memoir goes into minimal detail about the production work. Sure Lanois keeps meticulous notes, to-do lists for the production, but I keep wondering when he'll talk about how he mines the musicians' souls. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards, two other superproducers since the 1980 [...]

    • Amazing. One of my favorite musicians/producers discusses the hows and whys he recorded Willie Nelson's "Teatro", why he chose to decorate an abandoned porn theater with Cuban styles couches and lights to set a mooden record live with Willie and Co for 5 days. Riding motorcycles with Bob Dylan in New Orleans.his childhood.his crazy philosophies.his idea of compositions just great. You might need to be a fan to really love itbut any artist would enjoy the way he discusses his craft and the though [...]

    • With a resume like Lanois', how could this book not be captivating? The behind-the-scenes tales of producing U2, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Peter Gabriel, and the Neville Brothers (among many others) reveal a man who not only is at the top of his craft technically speaking, but also is an unflinching seeker of musical innovation, enthralling atmosphere and soulful moments from the artists he produces. Much more than a mere knob-twirler, Lanois is a skilled soul miner -- and repeatedly strikes gol [...]

    • This book starts off with a grand momentum, lofty ideas, and a Canadian kid who follows his passions. Somewhere near the middle, the autobiography loses some steam. The last handful of pages seemed like sketches of what Danny Lanois had in mind for the last part of the book, but never fleshed out.

    • Close to four stars but feeling tough today. Very good read! Lanois takes a similar meandering approach to Dylan in Chronicles (Lanois produced the okay OH MERCY and the transcendent TIME OUT OF MIND with Dylan). Insightful and a must read for musicians and anybody interested in the place where composition, performance and recording intersect.

    • Lanois has certainly had a prolific career and there's no doubt he's brilliant in the studio - and he's quite aware of this fact himself. It's fascinating to hear firsthand accounts of his role in the creation of some of the great recordings of the end of the 20th century, but it's too bad he can't weave a narrative as well as he can produce a track.

    • It was fascinating to get inside the head of the very underrated artist and find out why he made the decisions he has about his work. Sometimes his long passages about equipment is something only a hardcore studio guy could appreciate-but as a whole it was some great insight.

    • Good book- decently written, but great insight into Daniel Lanois' phenomenal record producing career. His anecdotes about U2, Dylan, Willie Nelson and others are fascinating. And for a musician / composer like myself, I got a ton of good ideas!

    • This book just oozes warmth. A born storyteller, excellent imagery.Be warned: no structure whatsoeverWhich is quite typical for a genius. Lovely.

    • Great this is how we make the music behind the scene detailskes me want to redo my third floor studio -- and play around w/ GarageBand again. Not linear, but with some poetry.

    • Interesting subject matter but very scattered, which detracted from the reading experience. My initial enthusiasm turned into a slog to finish the book.

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