This sumptuous book is a history of Eastcote recording studios in London, from 1980 to 2020, lovingly put together by music producer Martin Terefe. The book is in ‘coffee table’ format, printed on thick art quality paper, with the text interspersed with numerous photographs, all reproduced in superb quality. Interviews abound with the studio’s founder Philip Bagenal, as well as the numerous artists, engineers and producers who have worked there over the last four decades, including the likes of Depeche Mode, Grace Jones, Arctic Monkeys and Massive Attack to pick out just a few names, although of course many lesser known acts also appear and finally get their share of the limelight. Founded in 1980 by Bagenal and Chaz Jankel, over the years the studio developed a reputation as something of a haven for the more independently minded artist and was used by the likes of Brian Eno, John McLaughlin and Soft Machine, all of whom have their own unique tales to tell and anecdotes to relate. The studio is still active today, and this very well presented, informative and entertaining book serves as a super tribute to it and to the enduring legacy of its inimitable founder.
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So many of the famous London studios are gone now, so this is a really interesting read on one that has managed to endure over the years – long may it continue its independent journey, nurturing and developing emerging new talent along the way.