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Deconstructing Phil Spector's Wall of Sound

Writer Mark Ribowsky has a new biography on the prolific and reclusive record producer, called He's a Rebel. Phil Spector innovated new studio techniques; his airy, heavily-overdubbed music helped form the California sound. Ribowsky also describes Spector's severe, domineering personality, and his frustration with changing trends in pop music.

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Other segments from the episode on March 24, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 24, 1989: Interview with Mark Ribowsky; Commentary on Thelonious Monk; Interview with Nicholson Baker; Review of the home video release of the film "Mrs. Miniver."

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