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Sonic Boom Reviews

Sonic Boom by Peter Ames Carlin

Sonic Boom: The Impossible Rise of Warner Bros. Records, from Hendrix to Fleetwood Mac to Madonna to Prince

Peter Ames Carlin

Score pending

1 review

Imprint: St Martin's Press
Publisher: St Martin's Press
Publication date: 30 Mar 2021
ISBN: 9781250301567
3 stars out of 5
8 Jan 2021

"A look at how the label went from eccentric outsider to defining the culture of an era"

Sonic Boom does justice to the label’s accomplishments and Carlin’s business reporting is sound. Still, one wishes he had understood the cultural context in which Warner flourished a bit more. After all, it’s not easy to sell a culture — especially one rooted in the 1960s DIY counterculture — back to those who created it. Future generations may read Sonic Boom and wonder what the big deal was. I suggest they acquire some of the records, and marvel.