About Time: The Unsung Genius of Steve Winwood
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Steve Winwood has been creating his own form of R&B genres for over 50 years, and is an international star. His music includes blues, folk, rock, funk, pop and most recently Latin rhythms. His immediately recognizable blue-eyed soulful voice makes him one of the greatest singers of our time. Winwood has been the bandleader of iconic groups including The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith and an extensive solo career. Winwood is also an extremely talented Hammond B-3 organist, synthesizer keyboardist, and guitarist. His work as a session player helped him become a visionary engineer and producer, sometimes creating entire albums by himself. Author Chuck Sullivan explores Winwood’s journey through first hand interviews with notable musicians, extensive research, and uses his personal experiences as a musician and producer to describe the remarkable career of this musical genius.
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May 7, 2018It’s about time that a book like Chuck Sullivan’s About Time: The Unsung Genius of Steve Winwood was written and published. If you’re a serious fan of music from the mid-60s to today – rock, blues, folk, funk and/or pop – this is the book for you to get and to get wonderfully lost in. In his book Sullivan passionately and compellingly make the case that Steve Winwood has, since the 60s, been one of the most gifted and important musicians creating and playing contemporary music; as is made very clear in Mr. Sullivan’s book, Winwood is a brilliant multi-instrumentalist and has had a major impact on contemporary music. The structure of Mr. Sullivan’s professional biography of Steve Winwood is most unusual and most intriguing. The majority of the book’s 26 chapters chronologically focus on a specific album Winwood has made, whether in a band or solo. Each chapter provides discussions of the recording process of the given album, an analysis of the individual songs on the album and the... More > impact of the album. Through his discussion of Winwood’s albums, Mr. Sullivan brings to the reader great insight into the artist and the man. One learns that Winwood is a warm, generous, decent man who is the consummate artist, dedicated to his art. And one learns about, in fascinating detail, Steve Winwood’s creative approach to and process of making music; as the author is a musician himself, Sullivan brings a unique perspective to this approach and process. The title of the book includes the phrase Unsung Genius, which hints at one of the main reasons the author wrote the book; Steve Winwood is underappreciated and should be up there in the musical pantheon with the other music gods of his generation. Why isn’t he? Because, rather than stay locked into one style of music Winwood has always followed his muse, who took him all over the musical map, commercial considerations be damned. And if you haven’t been following Mr. Winwood on his musical journey Chuck Sullivan’s book Unsung Hero: The Unsung Genius of Steve Winwood gives persuasive reasons why you should and serves as the perfect tour guide.< Less
Apr 17, 2018This terrific book is as much a labor of love as Steve Winwood's music is. Without question, the pages are absolutely teeming with fascinating biographical facts, detailed recording, performing and production notes, and anecdotes about Winwood and his many musical collaborators. But what makes it special is the way author Chuck Sullivan presents his subject with such obvious affection and unbridled admiration. You simply can't help but get caught up in his enthusiasm. Sure, "About Time" is a book for Winwood devotees--there is way more inside information about the artist than has appeared in previous Winwood biographies--but it will also delight more casual fans of pop music and anyone who's curious about rock and roll's golden '60s, '70s and '80s. Be forewarned: reading "About Time" will send you scurrying to cue up the Spencer Davis Group, Blind Faith and Traffic, not to mention Winwood's string of solo records. Listening to all that music again is a far richer... More > experience with Chuck Sullivan's book as a companion.< Less
Apr 15, 2018Just finished reading About Time! Chuck presents a meticulous, insightful, and comprehensive picture of the life of Steve Winwood. Didn’t realize - and it was fun to discover – the impressive depth of the man Steve Winwood and the extraordinary breadth of his accomplishments including the variety of instruments he mastered and the number of successful bands and genres of music he created. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know, and Chuck delivered. It was fun to discover and follow his amazing career through the years. I appreciated the consistent arrangement of the chapters; especially enjoying each album’s Song Highlights and Summary & Impact sections. Though there’s plenty to delight music aficionados, I’m not a music techie, so I appreciated that the behind-the-scenes complexities of the Winwood music business was explained in a language I understood and enjoyed. Congratulations, Chuck and thank you for your thoughtful analysis and insights of a remarkable and very... More > accomplished musician.< Less
Apr 6, 2018I have just finished reading the book "About Time" by Chuck Sullivan about the career and music of Steve Winwood. Sullivan offers a chronological look at Mr. Winwood's life in music, both recordings and performances. Whether you are a long-time follower of Mr. Winwood or are only aware of a certain phase of his work, you will find this book to be a great reference tool. As a fan of Winwood beginning with the Spencer Davis Group through to his most recent recording "Nine Lives", I find Sullivan's book to be insightful as well as informative. This book is a great addition to any music fan's collection
Mar 29, 2018Wow! This book is incredible! I have always appreciated Steve Winwood, but after reading this book, I realize even more how amazing and talented he truly is. The author describes the unique journeys of a tenacious artist searching for his space and sound in life. I am not a musician so I don't understand some of the "music lingo"- but it doesn't matter! I know what I hear so I know what I like. Steve Winwood is unique and can't imagine a world without his "sound and talents". I would recommend this book to anyone- It will enlighten your life!!
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- Chuck Sullivan (Standard Copyright License)
- January 10, 2018
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.91 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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