Phil Spector is a musician, songwriter and producer whose musical ability and visionary foresight as a producer charted the future of popular music and culture of the late 20th century. He revolutionized recording processes, as well as re-shaped the business and marketing approach of the music industry, which was in its infancy at the time. He raised the bar and standards for other musicians and producers to follow and gave a voice to the newly emerging socio-economic group of teenagers, as well as other groups struggling to achieve equality during the 60s, particularly women and African Americans. Spector, however, was a complex character whose need for control brought much damage and confusion into the lives of those around him as well as into his own career and life.
Phil Spector: Sound of the Sixties primarily focuses on the following themes: early life and formative years; entrepreneur and businessman; technical wizard and musical visionary; the tensions between reality and fantasy in his music; his contributions to the feminist and civil rights movement of the 60s; his role as musical mentor and producer and his many proteges such as Brian Wilson, Sonny Bono and Andrew Loog Oldham; Spector's insatiable need for control and power; the social and spiritual shifts from the collective consciousness of the early 60s and pop music to the ego consciousness of the later 60s and rock music; Spector's role as master and servant within the music industry, particularly his shift from Servant of Lieber and Stoller to master of Philles records back to his role as servant to the Beatles after his reputation as a great producer had dimmed; and his ultimate decline and fall.
Sean MacLeod is a songwriter, music producer, and lecturer from Dublin, Ireland. He has been writing and producing music for over twenty-five years and currently teaches courses in music and media at the Limerick College of Further Education. He wrote Leaders of the Pack: Girl Groups of the 1960s and Their Influence on Popular Culture in Britain and America (R&L, 2015).