Monday, August 24, 2009

Music Industry Profile: Legendary Producer Jim Dickinson

From: Artists House Music/April '08

Music Industry Profile: Legendary Producer Jim Dickinson

Jim Dickinson

Mississippi-based producer and musician Jim Dickinson who just passed away this August 15th, 2009 - has worked on hundreds of recordings over a career in music spanning five decades. In that time, he has worked at some of the most legendary studios in the southern United States (such as Ardent, Muscle Shoals and Sun), and contributed to a veritable who’s who of the past fifty years of rock, blues and soul – from playing keyboards for Aretha Franklin, Ry Cooder, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan to producing records for artists like Big Star, Green on Red, Mudhoney, Mojo Nixon, the Spin Doctors, The Replacements, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, as well as dozens more.


Long-time record producer Jim Dickinson sits down with ArtistsHouse for a frank and freewheeling discussion of the craft of producing records – how to get your first studio job, how to manage strong personalities, why producers should understand both music and engineering in addition to their own responsibilities, how to sequence an album to tell a story, how he got to play on a Rolling Stones album, and much more.

Shoot Date: April 2008

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