Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Sound Man: Glyn Johns Takes Sussex Festival Goers On A Fifty Year Journey Through Music Production

Glyn Johns recorded and mixed The Who's Who's Next. His influence on The Faces' 1972 album A Nod Is as Good as a Wink... to a Blind Horse, which he co-produced with the band, can be gauged from the message that follows the credits: 'Thank you Glyn, you made all the difference'.

Even more impressive, Johns was perhaps the only person on a given day in the studio who was entirely sober, and so he is one of the most reliable and clear-eyed insiders to tell these stories today.

"It pissed me off, the assumption that, to be in with anyone famous, to be cool in that group, you had to do what they were doing."

Johns, who will be appearing in conversation at Priory Park Festival, Chichester, next month, put recollections from his fifty years in the music business in to the book, Sound Man published in late 2014.

 

Paul McCartney said: "Glyn Johns was there. He was there at some of the most important recording sessions in rock and roll. 

"Reading his book, you are standing beside him as he sets up the studio in readiness for the arrival of groups like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones. For me it is a fantastic romp through the pages of rock and roll history."

In the 1960s, while associated with the UK rock band The Presidents, Johns began working as a recording studio engineer at IBC Studios in Portland Place, London and was able to take the band in during weekends and try his skills at production and recording. 

Pete Townshend added: "Sound Man opens with a declaration: A record producer has to have an opinion and the ego to express it more convincingly than anyone else. 

"So Glyn Johns has stood his ground with a few bigheaded rock stars? I must be the exception. 


"I've only had transcendental moments in the studio with Glyn. 

"Returning to the control room after a studio take I often felt like running: the joy of hearing what Glyn had created out of the glue-and-string that was The Who was like a drug. 

"He is an artist himself of supreme talent and experience." 

Johns was called upon to rescue the troublesome Get Back sessions for The Beatles.

He compiled several versions of the album, which were all rejected by the band, before the project was eventually turned over to producer Phil Spector, resulting in the album being retitled Let It Be .. which Glyn called "a load of garbage."

In 2011, after a couple of decades spent largely away from production, Johns worked with Ryan Adams on his album, Ashes & Fire.  

In February 2012, he began work on the Band of Horses album, Mirage Rock

Johns is the father of Ethan Johns, the older brother of Andy Johns, and uncle of Will Johns. 

Ethan has worked with Ryan Adams, Paul McCartney, Laura Marling, Ray LaMontagne and Kings of Leon.

Glyn Johns in conversation at Priory Park Festival, Chichester, on Saturday 9th July 2016. For times, prices amd line-up CLICK HERE.


by: Mike Cobley


Share    


Placebo will be heading into Brighton later this year to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the release of their platinum selling debut album..

Described by the BBC as a 'spookily young Brighton trio with killer melodies and an Arctic Monkeys rasp', The RPMs have plenty to celebrate as they follow the release of their debut EP Digital Disobedience on 24 June 2016 with a coveted headline slot on Glastonbury's BBC Introducing Stage, the very next day. 

For more than twenty years Ross Noble has been the king of spontaneous stand-up, almost constantly touring, and he's busier now than ever. 

Together The People have released the full line-up for the upcoming September festival, with new headliner Suede confirmed for Sunday.

In The Club creator Kay Mellor talks about the joys of motherhood, famous fans and why she has absolutely no regrets.

Who knew a trip to Pizza Express could inform a young teenager's life so greatly? 

John Otway, the self-styled  British legend who has made a very successful career out of being Rock 'n' Roll's Greatest Failure, joins the line-up at this year’s Priory Park Festival, in Chichester.

To honour the memory and show solidarity following the tragic events at Pulse, an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, and victims of all hate crimes, an act of remembrance will take place on the main stage at Brighton Pride, on Saturday 6th August.
Ice Cube Pic By Andrew Sturmey

Last weekend saw Wild Life festival's return to Brighton City Airport, Sussex for the second year. 

Chichester and Festival, two words that naturally go together. But now for the very first time, another string to that town's illustrious bow; a proper three-day music festival….The Original Priory Park Festival.

Last year endurance cyclist Mark Beaumont travelled the entire world on two wheels and documented it all in his new book. 2015 saw him ride Africa solo, from Cairo to Cape Town in just 42 days – a trip which involved crossing some of the most dangerous and inhospitable places on the globe in his life-long pursuit of routes to ride and records to break…

A highly-personal short film by second-year University of Brighton student Dale John Allen has won an international film award in the USA.

Prepare to step beyond space and time for a very special one-off event on Saturday 16th July 2016, as Brighton Science Festival tackles the science of Doctor Who.

Glyndebourne's first-ever staging of Puccini's Madama Butterfly and an exclusive new event to introduce new audiences to opera mark two firsts for Glyndebourne Tour 2016. 

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd