Peter Ames Carlin with Warren Zanes
Were this a live, in-person evening, it would be a short road trip for bestelling music writer Peter Ames Carlin, as he is virtually here from his Portland home to discuss his newest book, Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, from Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince (Henry Holt). The biographer of musicians as Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, and the Beach Boys, here turns his eye to a record company that was in the thick of it all during a pivotal time in contemporary music history.
“A sweeping and vital music history that stretches from Hendrix and the Kinks to Prince, Madonna and R.E.M., written by a rock geek with an eye for storytelling. . . Carlin writes with authority, joy and detail. Sonic Boom will make you pine for a time when true artists were supported, whether they sold 50 albums or 5 million.” – Geoff Edgers, The Washington Post.
"Captivating. . . . What makes Sonic Boom so appealing is that it is actually three books in one. It’s a book about how music is made, but it’s also a book about how companies are run and then go off track. It’s also a biography of sorts of Mo Ostin." - Wall Street Journal.
Joining Peter Ames Carlin in conversation tonight will be musician (The Del Fuegos) and music biographer (Tom Petty) Warren Zanes.
Presented by Town Hall Arts & Culture in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.