The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology by Thomas Dolby

At this point there’s a pretty set template for writing rock memoirs (with a few exceptions, of course). Most roll out like a version of VH1’s Behind the Music: future rock star has dreams of making it big, so he practices all the time, stopping only for the occasion drug and drink binge; he/she hooks up with future band mates, they sign a really shitty record contract but end up touring the globe and spending big; the third act is realizing they are drinking/drugging too much and the fans start to move on; the closing chapters are all about starting over, settling into a normal life and writing the best music of his/her life. Thomas Dolby, thankfully manages to tear up the template for the most part in his memoir (he keeps the part about the shitty one-sided music contract, though). Continue reading “The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology by Thomas Dolby”