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Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust Monday, July 02, 2012

As a youngster, Ken Scott loved playing with recording devices.  As a Christmas present in 1959, at the age of twelve, he got  a Grundig TK 25 tape recorder. A few years later, as he watched his favorite popular female singer on TV singing into a mike,  he saw ”a man sitting behind a large desk of some kind, seemingly directing the operation.”  Ken says,  “In that single instant, I knew what I was going to do with the rest of my life. I was going to become that man, someone they called a “recording engineer.” Now fast-forward a few years: Four months before he turned  seventeen,  Ken Scott got fed up with taking exams to qualify for going to university in the UK.  On the evening of Friday the 17th of January, 1964, he wrote to about ten record labels,  television stations, or radio stations that might have recording engineers working for them.  The following Tuesday, he got a letter back from EMI Studios requesting an interview.  He started work at the EMI Studios on Abbey Road  seven days later working in the tape library. He was on his way to realizing his dream.  In this book, he tells stories about working with the Beatles, Alan Parsons, David Bowie, and many other big name artists.  If you love pop music, if you like good stories, get this book.  You will read it more than once!

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