IMPORTANT NOTICE: THE LIBRARY REMAINS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. HOWEVER, BOOK DROPS AND CURBSIDE DELIVERY ARE AVAILABLE. For details and other Library updates, please visit To stay up-to-date on the latest City of Longmont information, please visit

Tearing down the wall of sound: the rise and fall of Phil Spector

Book Cover
Average Rating
Alfred A. Knopf,
Pub. Date:
1st American ed.

Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1939, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. Yet after his family moved to California, he learned everything he could about music, formed a band, and had a number-one hit with "To Know Him Is to Love Him." He quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll, originator of such girl groups as the Ronettes, a millionaire by twenty-one, and the owner of his own record label by twenty-two. He scored hit after hit using a new technique called the "wall of sound."

But the reign of the boy-man who owned pop culture seemed doomed by the "British Invasion," and he spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior. Though he seemed to improve for a time, even returning to the recording studio to work, it didn't last-in 2003 the actress Lana Clarkson was found dead in his home, killed by gunshot.

Also in This Series
More Like This
More Copies In Prospector
Loading Prospector Copies...
More Details
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID2a83c1f4-92f2-6841-2c35-fafd8dfcd686
Grouping Titletearing down the wall of sound the rise and fall of phil spector
Grouping Authorbrown mick
Grouping Categorybook
Last Grouping Update2020-05-01 03:59:38AM
Last Indexed2020-06-04 04:56:02AM

Solr Details

auth_author2Porter, Ray.
authorBrown, Mick, 1950-
author2-rolePorter, Ray.
hoopla digital.
author_displayBrown, Mick
available_at_longmontLongmont Public Library
detailed_location_longmontLongmont Adult Nonfiction
display_descriptionPhil Spector, once an outsider despised by his peers, learned all about music and quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll. Hit followed hit, all with his signature "wall of sound." But the boy-man who owned pop culture spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior.
Bib IdItem IdShelf LocCall NumFormatFormat CategoryNum CopiesIs Order ItemIs eContenteContent SourceeContent FileeContent URLsubformatDetailed StatusLast CheckinLocationSub-location
ils:.b23927239.i30512347Longmont Adult Nonfiction781.66 BRO1falsefalseOn ShelfApr 14, 2019lgnfa
hoopla:MWT10028298Online Hoopla CollectionOnline HooplaeAudiobookAudio Books1falsetrueHoopla Online
itype_longmonthardcover book
literary_formNon Fiction
literary_form_fullNon Fiction
local_callnumber_longmont781.66 BRO
owning_library_longmontLongmont Pulblic Library
owning_location_longmontLongmont Public Library
Bib IdFormatFormat CategoryEditionLanguagePublisherPublication DatePhysical Description
ils:.b23927239BookBooks1st American ed.EnglishAlfred A. Knopf, 2007.viii, 452 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
hoopla:MWT10028298eAudiobookAudio BooksUnabridged.EnglishBlackstone Audio, Inc., 2006.1 online resource (1 audio file (1260 min.)) : digital.
Bib IdItem IdGrouped StatusStatusLocally OwnedAvailableHoldableBookableIn Library Use OnlyLibrary OwnedHoldable PTypesBookable PTypesLocal Url
ils:.b23927239.i30512347On ShelfOn Shelffalsetruetruefalsefalsetrue128, 1, 129, 2, 3, 131, 4, 132, 5, 133, 6, 7, 135, 8, 136, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 45, 46, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 92, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 105, 106, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 125, 126, 127
subject_facetSound recording executives and producers -- United States -- Biography
Spector, Phil, -- 1939-
title_displayTearing down the wall of sound : the rise and fall of Phil Spector
title_fullTearing down the wall of sound : the rise and fall of Phil Spector / Mick Brown
Tearing down the wall of sound : the rise and fall of Phil Spector [electronic resource] / Mick Brown
title_shortTearing down the wall of sound
title_subthe rise and fall of Phil Spector
topic_facetSound recording executives and producers
Spector, Phil