Richard Russell is the producer and owner of XL Recordings, home of some artists I know well such as Radiohead, Adele, The Gotan Project and the White Stripes, but also a lot of fare that isn’t my normal listening such as The Prodigy, MIA, Dizzee Rascal and more. I may not listen to that second lot of artists, but I love reading about the recording and writing process, about collaborations between musicians, about influences, influencers and innovation in music.
Russell’s memoir, Liberation Through Hearing, takes us from his own formative years when he was into hip hop and rave, through to the beginnings of XL recordings, and is full of anecdote. I’m looking forward to reading it and today I’m the stop on the blog tour for the book, hosting an extract – see below:
Liberation Through Hearing’s prologue, styled as a prelude, presents a cracker of an opening containing a super juxtaposition of music and musicians old and new.
- Read the ‘Prelude’ HERE.
If you’d like to hear some audioclips, you can:
- Listen to Richard Russell reading the ‘Prelude’ HERE.
- Listen to Richard Russell reading about MIA HERE.
Liberation Through Hearing was published last week by a new Hachette imprint, White Rabbit books. Hardback, 268 pages. Extracts/clips via Midas PR.