Seymour Stein, Gareth Murphy – contributor – Siren Song

Seymour Stein is America’s greatest living record man. Not only has he signed and nurtured more important artists than anyone alive, now 60 years in the game, he’s still the hippest label head, traveling the globe in search of the next big thing.

Since the late ’50s, he’s been wherever it’s happening: Billboard, Tin Pan Alley, The British Invasion, CBGB, Studio 54, Danceteria, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the CD crash. Along that winding path, he discovered and broke out a skyline full of stars: Madonna, The Ramones, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, Madonna, The Smiths, The Cure, Ice-T, Lou Reed, Seal, and many others.

Brimming with hilarious scenes and character portraits, Siren Song’s wider narrative is about modernity in motion, and the slow acceptance of diversity in America – thanks largely to daring pop music. Including both the high and low points in his life, Siren Song touches on everything from his discovery of Madonna to his wife Linda Stein’s violent death.

Ask anyone in the music business, Seymour Stein is a legend. Sung from the heart, Siren Song will etch his story in stone.

Author: Seymour Stein, Gareth Murphy – contributor
Narrator: Peter Berkrot
Duration: 10 hours 52 minutes
Released: 19 Dec 2002
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Language: English

User Review:

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I have recently developed a passion for opera that has found me attending an opera I know little about beforehand. A colleague in London got tickets for Don Giovanni and I decided my first visit to Covent Garden demanded a little investment in preparation ahead of time. This series from Naxos is just perfect to get you ready to attend an opera with a little bit of historical and musical context to make the experience richer.

The recording is only about 1 hour and 20 minutes long. The narrator is good, he provides not only background for the specific opera in question but also for other operas by the same composer. Clips of the music are part of the ‘explanation’ – one of the nicest feature of audiobooks vs. reading a regular text.

So, you get a summary of the story, some musical interludes and some historical and musical context – helpful to allow you to focus more attention on the music and the staging once you get to the opera.

Highly recommended!