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Are We Still Rolling? Studios, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll – One Man’s Journey Recording Classic Albums

Phill Brown is the sound engineer and producer who – over an illustrious 50-year career – has worked with many of the biggest names in rock and roll.

In this reissued and updated version of his 2011 memoir, Phill describes the ups and downs of a professional recording studio, working on sessions for The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Joe Cocker at the famed Olympic Sound Studios in London. As a young sound engineer, Phill learned the ropes from experienced engineers and producers such as Glyn Johns and Eddie Kramer, and soon worked his way up the ladder, engineering sessions and producing albums. His remarkable roll call includes Steve Winwood, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd, Bob Marley, Talk Talk, Roxy Music, Go West, Dido, and many other legendary rockers.

With a foreword by Robert Palmer, Are We Still Rolling? is more than a recollection of treasured music-making over 50 years. It is one man’s journey through a life where drug abuse, chaos, rampant egos, greed, lies and the increasingly invasive record business all took their toll. It’s also a cautionary tale, where long workdays and what once seemed like harmless indulgences had sinister consequences.

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“In the form of a diary, he takes us through the crazy journey that is making music. His excellent recollections of the excesses of morons and geniuses involved in creating melodies and rhythms for us to enjoy are sheer entertainment.” (Robert Palmer)

Chapter Listing

Chapter 1. Olympic Studios (part one)
Chapter 2. Olympic Studios (part two)
Chapter 3. The Rolling Stones
Chapter 4. Canada
Chapter 5. Island Studios
Chapter 6. Jeff Beck
Chapter 7. Harry Nilsson
Chapter 8. Murray Head
Chapter 9. Bob Marley & The Wailers
Chapter 10. Joe Brown
Chapter 11. Robert Palmer
Chapter 12. Dana Gillespie
Chapter 13. Robert Palmer
Chapter 14. Pink Floyd
Chapter 15. Stomu Yamashta and Rock Follies
Chapter 16. Robert Palmer
Chapter 17. Joe South
Chapter 18. Steve Winwood
Chapter 19. John Martyn
Chapter 20. Shakin’ Stevens
Chapter 21. Roxy Music
Chapter 22. Paul Carrack
Chapter 23. Murray Head – On the Road
Chapter 24. Red Box
Chapter 25. Go West
Chapter 26. Talk Talk
Chapter 27. Talk Talk
Chapter 28. Alan Spenner
Chapter 29. .O.rang
Chapter 30. Throwing Muses
Chapter 31. Fusanosuke Kondo
Chapter 32. Mark Hollis
Chapter 33. Dido

By Phill Brown | Due January 2024 | ISBN:  978-1-914066-43-6 | Paperback 340pp

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