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 Posted:   Oct 29, 2020 - 9:46 PM   
 By:   Ed   (Member)

Amanda Sewell’s book, “Wendy Carlos: A Biography,” chronicles the life of Carlos, a recording engineer, inventor and pioneer of electronic music whose first full-length album, the Grammy-winning “Switched-On Bach,” ignited a musical revolution in 1968.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/wendy-carlos-the-electronic-music-pioneer-who-happens-to-be-transgender/2020/10/22/fa4f511e-d5ac-11ea-930e-d88518c57dcc_story.html

Apparently written without the involvement of the subject. Interesting.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

This looks fascinating. It's not often that someone is a pioneer both artistically and on such a personal level. Those of you who were around can attest to the popularity of the Switched On Bach album in 1968--and the follow-up albums; A Clockwork Orange, which came a few years after, added to Carlos's legacy.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 8:14 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

This looks fascinating. It's not often that someone is a pioneer both artistically and on such a personal level. Those of you who were around can attest to the popularity of the Switched On Bach album in 1968--and the follow-up albums; A Clockwork Orange, which came a few years after, added to Carlos's legacy.

I wasn't around at the time, but I know of their popularity. When I got a few LPs from my dad a year ago, "Switched on Bach" was among them. And A CLOCKWORK ORANGE.

But even though I'm too young to have been around when she (and subsequently the Moog) was all the rage in the late 60s and early 70s, I've always been fascinated by her and her music. A book like this is something I would be interested in reading, even if Carlos herself wasn't involved.

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 8:18 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Is it expanded?

 
 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 8:41 AM   
 By:   rich.sherrill   (Member)

Wendy's website, http:\\www.wendycarlos.com, doesn't get updated much, but Wendy did post the following (on the home page) to express her opinion of this biography:

Please be aware there’s a purported “Biography” on me just released. It belongs on the fiction shelf. No one ever interviewed me, nor anyone I know. There's zero fact-checking. Don’t recognize myself anywhere in there—weird. Sloppy, dull and dubious, it's hardly an objective academic study as it pretends to be.
This slim, mean-sprited volume is based on several false premises. All of it is speculation taken out of context. The key sources are other people’s write-ups of interviews done for magazine articles. There’s simply no way to know what’s true or not—nothing is first-hand.
The book is presumptuous. Pathetically, it accepts as “factual” a grab-bag of online urban legends, including anonymous axes to grind. The author imputes things she doesn’t understand, misses the real reasons for what was done or not done. She’s in way over her head, outside any areas of expertise, and even defames my dear deceased parents—shame!


I wish Wendy would write an autobiography, so we'd have her story.

 
 Posted:   Oct 30, 2020 - 11:15 AM   
 By:   MKRUltra   (Member)

Is that the first statement about anything she's put out in years? Glad to know she's still alive and apparently well at least.

 
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