A Dream Goes On Forever Review............
Review by Garrett Stapleton (Switch to
I finished the book last week and really enjoyed it. I've been a thirty year Todd fan who always wondered why O.H. never received more national attention. The book helps to reveal what the thinking was behind some of the decisions made. Couple of observations: Moogy comes off as a petty, sour soul. He takes many cheap shots & saves the worst for last, referring to the 80's Utopia lineup as Todd's puppets. I don't know what his motivation was, but it didn't read well. Also, I can't understand Todd's stance that his record sales were unimportant. I've always loved his ability to constantly change, but was there NO loyalty to the company? His fabulous ability as a producer gave him the leeway and means to do things his way, but the bottom line is: if you're going to make records, there IS an element of competition present. To dismiss that aspect as unimportant can also be translated as a fear of failure to compete. Hey, if you never REALLY try, you'll never have to admit you may have REALLY failed. I loved the fact that this book looked at every aspect of Todd's career & allowed room for dissenting shots (not Moogy's though, just immature). Todd remains my rock 'n roll hero and I loved reading the thought process behind his songs. The production stories and Beatle 'head butting' were also fascinating. Volume One leaves us on the doorstep of Todd's most successful record production: 'Bat Out of Hell'. If you're a true Rundgren fan, you won't want to miss these books. One last unrelated thing: THE FACT THAT TODD IS NOT IN THE ROCK 'N ROLL HALL OF FAME ONLY CHEAPENS THE HALL'S STATURE!
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