'If These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour Through San Francisco Recording Studios' Now Available on Amazon

"If These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour Through San Francisco Recording Studios," re-released in November 2018, is now available on Amazon.com. It's available now for $29.95 at bit.ly/ifthesehallscouldtalk.

One of the few written sources of historical information on Bay Area recording studios, "If These Halls Could Talk" was originally published in 2006 by Thompson Course PTR (now Cengage). In 2018, Johnson obtained all rights and republished the work so more people would have an opportunity to learn about the Bay Area's fascinating studio scene.

Through the eyes and ears of leading Bay Area artists, producers, engineers, and studio owners, "If These Halls Could Talk: A Historical Tour Through San Francisco Recording Studios" takes readers on a guided tour through some of San Francisco's top recording studios, venturing behind the scenes of some of popular music's hottest albums. Studio stories range from Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead to Green Day and En Vogue.

Readers will learn about the recording techniques, the magic and the often unusual experiences that transpired within the Bay Area's soundproofed walls. Recording engineers, producers and anyone who appreciates high-quality audio will appreciate discussion of how technology has advanced since the early 1960s, and how the Bay Area's recording facilities endured through an unpredictable, ever-changing music industry.

Johnson is donating 20% of the book sales to Women's Audio Mission, a San Francisco-Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to getting more women and girls into STEM and creative technology studies.

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To read an excerpt, including the forward from NAMM TEC Hall of Fame inductee Leslie Ann Jones, please visit heatherraejohnson.com/books.

About the author: Heather R. Johnson interviewed hundreds of recording artists, producers and engineers as a leading professional audio journalist from 1999 to 2009. During that time, she wrote for Mix, Electronic Musician, EQ, Audio Media and Performing Songwriter, among others. Thompson Course Technology (Course PTR) published "If These Halls Could Talk" in 2006.

In the years to follow, she watched some of the San Francisco Bay Area's preeminent recording studios convert to condominiums and Airbnbs. In an effort to keep her home's history from getting lost in the rubble, she obtained the rights and republished this book on her own. She now lives and works as a content marketing writer and copywriter in Oakland, California.

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