The last seat in the house : the story of Hanley Sound /

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Jackson : University Press of Mississippi,, United States, p.xxiv, 516 pages, 17 unnumbered pages of plates : (2020)

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(OCoLC)fst01126939, (OCoLC)fst01126957, (OCoLC)fst01127002, (OCoLC)fst01149379, Electronic sound control., Equipment and supplies., fast, Music festivals, Production and direction, Recording and reproducing., Rock concerts, Sound, Sound engineers, Sound engineers., Theaters, United States.


Includes bibliographical references and index.Prologue: A soundman and a bomb -- First generation, second generation -- The not so glamorous life of a sound engineer -- A boy who loved sound -- Poor sound all around -- Organ music and training -- Salem Street -- Jazz! -- Newport needs a home -- Orchestra sound -- Folk and distortion -- The inauguration of President Lyndon B. Johnson -- Hanley Sound needs a manager -- Go-go dancers, Batman, and the Beach Boys -- Hanley and the family band -- Hanley and the Remains -- The Beatles face a feverish pitch -- Beatles by chance -- Shea Stadium sound -- The sompetition -- Big Apple! Big sound! -- Down in the Village -- more monitor, please! -- A Frenchman and the Second Avenue Shuffle -- The Victory Special -- The white man's Apollo -- It's loud -- sight and sound at the Fillmore -- Getting paid -- The festival experience -- The festival phenomenon begins -- All roads lead to Woodstock -- The golden age of the rock festival -- Woodstock -- by the time Hanley gets to Woodstock -- The Woodstock crew -- Going up the country -- No console, no food -- Stage announcements -- The nuts, bolts, and occasional zap! -- Woodstock, how sweet the sound ... System -- I'm going home -- Madison Square Garden and the unions -- The greatest rock and roll band in the World -- Demonstration sound -- The march against death -- Student strike -- MAY DAY -- A Sympowowsium and the fate of the festival -- Woodstock South -- Winters end -- Oh, Canada -- hot 'Lanta and Love Valley -- A portrait of an interrupted festival and Grand Funk Railroad -- The festival that never was -- A festival under the sun -- Hanley's southern truck, NOLA, and the Guru Maharaj Ji -- Hanley's invention -- Sound of silence -- Epilogue -- Appendix A: Sympowowsium attendees."Known as the "Father of Festival Sound," Bill Hanley (b. 1937) made his indelible mark as a sound engineer at the 1969 Woodstock Music and Arts Fair. Hanley is credited with creating the sound of Woodstock, which literally made the massive festival possible. Stories of his on-the-fly solutions resonate as legend among festivalgoers, music lovers, and sound engineers. Since the 1950s his passion for audio has changed the way audiences listen to and technicians approach quality live concert sound. John Kane examines Hanley's echoing impact on the entire field of sound engineering, that crucial but often-overlooked carrier wave of contemporary music. Hanley's innovations founded the sound reinforcement industry and launched a new area of technology, rich with clarity and intelligibility. By the early seventies the post-Woodstock festival mass gathering movement collapsed. The music industry shifted, and new sound companies surfaced. After huge financial losses and facing stiff competition, Hanley lost his hold on a business he helped create. By studying both his history during the festivals and his independent business ventures, Kane seeks to present an honest portrayal of Hanley and his acumen and contributions. Since 2011, Kane conducted extensive research, including over one hundred interviews with music legends from the production and performance side of the industry. These carefully selected respondents witnessed Hanley's expertise at various events and venues like Lyndon B. Johnson's second inauguration, the Newport Folk/Jazz Festivals, the Beatles' final tour of 1966, the Fillmore East, Madison Square Garden, and more. The Last Seat in the House will intrigue and inform anyone who cares about the modern music industry"--