Book Review:

From the Factory Floor by Phil Harding


From The Factory Floor is published by
W.B. Publishing and can be bought online now direct from Phil Harding's web site at www.philharding.co.uk
From tea boy to Record Producer, Phil Harding’s career in the Music Industry spans more than 30 years right through recording The Clash to producing East 17 and Boyzone.  

PWL – From The Factory Floor is a detailed and expertly researched memoir, which will take you on a roller coaster journey through the heyday of the PWL Hit Factory Empire. Here Phil spent his time in the ‘Bunker’ studio using state-of-the-art equipment to mix the records of artists such as Dead or Alive, Princess, Mel & Kim, Rick Astley, Bananarama, Kylie Minogue, Jason Donovan, The Pet Shop Boys, Jesus Jones and many more.

Phil lifts the lid on life ‘below stairs’ at the PWL Studios - the myriad of artists who passed through its doors and the colourful, zany team and backroom staff that kept the Hit Factory wheels turning.

This book also contains an in-depth technical appendix, which sets out for the reader a definitive description and history of music technology and recording equipment as used at PWL Studios during the 1980s. A thorough explanation and insight is also given into the SAW/PWL recording and mixing techniques.

Phil Harding is now a regular speaker and guest lecturer at Universities and Colleges around the UK and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Music Producers Guild (MPG) and Chairman of the Joint Audio and Media Education Services (JAMES).

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