Tom Werman wasn’t a name that rang any bells with me, but he was a leading
A&R man and subsequently a sought after producer in the US, primarily in the seventies and eighties. Boston, REO Speedwagon and Cheap Trick were among the acts he signed up for Epic Records, and he later produced big selling album for the likes of Motley Crue, Poison and Twisted Sister, amassing no fewer than twenty three gold and platinum albums along the way. This very readable book gives an honest and engaging account of the recording of some of the best selling albums he worked on, covering the recording process and the role of the producer – and how to deal with the inflated egos of drug and alcohol fuelled rock stars. He seems a personable enough chap although obviously we are only hearing his version of events, and he subsequently seems to have fallen out in a big way with some of the major acts he produced. Nevertheless, he seems to be a work hard, play hard guy who made plenty of money along the way. An interesting read all in all that charts his career from the bottom of the ladder to somewhere near the top of his profession, and gives some intriguing behind the scenes insights into life as an A&R man and producer.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Anyone interested in the glory days of US rock and hair metal.
One thing you’ve learned
An interesting look behind the curtain of the music industry in the US.