Chairman at the Board is an intimate, funny, and absorbing look at the music business by an insider who has recorded some of the greatest musical artists from the 1970s to today.
After his high school band was dropped by Decca Records, Bill Schnee began his quest to learn everything he could about making records. He quickly began recording the top acts of the day as a freelance engineer/producer in Hollywood. Clive Davis then hired him to work for CBS, where he partnered with famed music producer Richard Perry. Schnee would record or mix many of Perry's biggest albums of the '70s and '80s, including those by Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon, and Ringo Starr, and he would go on to engineer and produce the likes of Marvin Gaye, Neil Diamond, Boz Scaggs, the Jacksons, Huey Lewis and the News, Dire Straits, and Whitney Houston.
With over 125 gold and platinum records and two Grammys, Bill Schnee has been called a living legend—recognized and respected in the industry as the consummate music man with an incomparable career that he lovingly shares with his readers in humorous detail.
Bill Schnee is an internationally renowned producer, engineer, and mix master. He has engineered and/or produced an extremely wide variety of artists, including Three Dog Night, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Pablo Cruise, Steely Dan, the Jacksons, Dire Straits, The Pointer Sisters, and Whitney Houston, including her mega-single "I Will Always Love You." Schnee has worked on dozens of Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning albums, and has been personally nominated eleven times for the Best Engineered Recording Grammy, winning twice for Steely Dan's Aja and Gaucho. He currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee, with his wife, Sallie.
“One of the top sound engineers in the game invites us to join him at his recording desk in the studio with the artists and players who made a thousand records with him. His stories, insights, and humour make for a brilliant read.”—Mark Knopfler, songwriter, guitarist, and producer
“If you love his records and the behind-the-scenes stories of how they were made, you’ll love this book. This is inside stuff everyone wants to know about, from a guy who helped make it all happen.”—Huey Lewis, singer, songwriter, and actor