British born David Courtney is a renowned composer, record producer, and recording artist. He has worked with many of the music industry's legendary names, including Roger Daltrey, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Sir Paul McCartney, Ritchie Blackmore, Adam Faith, Gebne Pitney, and Blues Brothers guitarist Steve Cropper, to name but a few. He was also the man responsible for discovering international recording artist Leo Sayer and for co-writing many of his top selling hits.
David Courtney's life would have ended at the age of 10 had his father not rescued him from an abandoned refrigerator. Instead, David went on to enjoy a successful lifetime in the music industry as a composer and record producer. In The Truth Behind The Music he gives a unique insight into the music business, including what it was like to work with some of the biggest names in rock music during the past 45 years and to sell over 30 million records worldwide; his marriages; and personal tragedies, including the mysterious and controversial death of his former actress wife in her native Venezuela and the ensuing meetings in London with the Venezuelan Ambassador. In the book David recounts a menacing confrontation with the bosses of a major US record company over deliberately abandoning the promotion of the Roger Daltrey debut album Daltrey he had co-written and produced, in fear that its success would inspire Roger to leave The Who. He tells of his conflict with convicted multi-millionaire fraudster Roger Levitt over the multi-million dollar deal he brokered with Home Box Office for his prize fighter Lennox Lewis, and he reminisces over his long-time friendships with Roger Daltrey and the late 60s pop icon and actor Adam Faith.
The Truth Behind The Music is written and narrated by David Courtney. It was mixed together with a wealth of music from his catalogue, including never before heard original demo recordings and many hit records with Leo Sayer, Roger Daltrey, British pop duo Dollar, Adam Faith, Odyssey, and more, a fitting sountrack for David Courtney's highly colourful life and extraordinary journey.
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When I bought this, I wasn't sure what distinguished an 'Audiobiography' from any other biography you might find in audible form. In this case at least, I can tell you that the title audiobiography denotes that the author will be reading the book whilst playing music they have had a hand in composing/producing throughout their career; sometimes as background, sometimes as illustration and sometimes just because they can. It's a nice idea, after-all we all like books and we all like music don't we?
No. Its a terrible idea, where will it all end? Next we'll have actors cutting in clips of their best scenes from forgotten B movies, comedians cutting in 'the best bits' from the time they said something hilarious on a light entertainment panel show. Except we wont. Fortunately draconian copyright laws will continue to make this scenario almost entirely impossible, at least for the majority of performers and artists who hand over their ownership of said 'rights' to big business. Meaning, the only recourse open to them will be to rely on the old fashioned art of story telling and good use of prose and in the case of Morrisey, a well known thespian with the same name, reading it for them.
The fact that David Courtney has actually managed to license all the content incorporated here, deserves a star on its own. Yes he composed a lot of the work but I imagine he'd still have to get clearance from record labels. In any case he's managed it and In some some respects the music does the job of setting the scene, particularly in the first couple of chapters BUT and it is a big but, how much Leo Sayer can one listen to in one sitting? Unless your a fan of sub-Bowie, overly-crafted, plaintive, insipid 70's pop and white disco. Those of you who are also fans of Adam Faith, Roger Daltrey and um... Dollar might also find something to love. For myself I was far more interested in the 'Truth Behind the Music' as was promised on the tin and not the music itself. I'm not a fan of his music but from a music industry perspective, Leo Sayer is an interesting character as a severe dyslexic (not mentioned in this story) he was fresh meat for sharks like Adam Faith (AKA 'Terry' as he is referred to in the book). However, you learn nothing about the characters or indeed about their relationships, events take place in a very one dimensional way 'I was happy', 'I was sad'. Reading between the lines 'Terry' appears to have been an archetypal music business villain with sociopathic tendencies and despite both the author and Leo being at the receiving end of his power-plays, it's all brushed under the carpet and left unexpurgated. Which is fine, if you want to protect a friend's legacy after their death, but then don't call your book The Truth Behind the Music'...
If you enjoy light Radio 4 music documentaries with no degree on analysis or depth, then you might still get something out of this. David's reading style is certainly not the worst I have heard, his Brighton brogue is quite characterful; if only he'd spent more time talking and not sitting back like a radio DJ and letting the music tell the story for him.
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