A Close Sweetwater Friend Tells the Story of Michael's
We're thrilled to be able to offer this intimate look at the music, the magic, and the amazing talent of a man who changed the face of pop music - and culture - forever. Legendary recording engineer Bruce Swedien, a long-time close friend of Sweetwater founder and President Chuck Surack, has penned this in-depth account of the behind-the-scenes action that resulted in Michael Jackson's greatest musical triumphs.
"I have long had a deep respect for Bruce's recording genius, and have enjoyed a richly rewarding friendship with him," Chuck said. "When his abilities were combined with the formidable talents of Michael and Quincy Jones, musical magic happened. Now, he reveals the nuts and bolts of hit making and the history of some of America's most influential music."
No one was closer to Michael Jackson at the height of his creative powers than Bruce Swedien, the five-time Grammy winner who, with Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, formed the trio responsible for the sound of Jackson's records — records that topped the charts and shook the world.
Friend, co-creator, and colleague, Bruce Swedien was a seasoned recording engineer-plucked from a job at legendary Universal Audio in Chicago - when he began working with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on the soundtrack to The Wiz, and he was the master technician who gave the records their sound as the trio progressed to Jackson's greatest triumphs, Off the Wall and the iconic, history-making Thriller,which revolutionized music and video and fixed Jackson in culture as the King of Pop. In the Studio with Michael Jackson offers anecdotes about being part of Quincy Jones' extended "family" and reveals the technical details of creating Michael Jackson's biggest-selling albums, as well as Bad, Dangerous, and HIStory.
Including over 100 photos, In the Studio with Michael Jackson also features forewords by music icon Quincy Jones and songwriter Rod Temperton, who composed such Jackson hits as "Rock with You" from Off the Wall.