Sophisto-punk: The Story of Mark Opitz and Oz Rock
Luke Wallis and Others
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Mark Opitz and the inside story of making the great albums of Oz rock.
I'd like to take this opportunity to say my career wouldn't be anything without Mark Opitz, and I say that on behalf of many Australian musicians.
From Cold Chisel to The Angels, from AC/DC to INXS to Australian Crawl, Mark Opitz has left an indelible imprint on the Australian music scene. The producer of such iconic albums as Cold Chisel's East, The Angels' Face to Face, INXS' Shabooh Shoobah and Jimmy Barnes' Bodyswerve, Opitz is one of the most influential figures in the history of Oz Rock.
Sophistopunk tells Opitz's remarkable story, from his early days serving a musical apprenticeship as an engineer with AC/DC, under the legendary producers Harry Vanda and George Young. Opitz soon struck out on his own with a little-known Adelaide band, The Angels. He helped shape the group's trademark edgy sound - Mark described it as 'sophistopunk' - which propelled The Angels to rock stardom and launched his extraordinary career.
Filled with frequently hilarious, sometimes poignant, anecdotes about Mark's experiences recording with Australia's rock greats, this book is a unique journey inside the bands, tours and studios of the music that defined an Australian generation.
Something for all music fans
When I was growing up, the name "Mark Opitz" was on just about every Australian album that I bought. I never really knew what a record producer did. To be honest, I still didn't, until I read this fantastic book. I didn't think I'd like it so much, but the authors have managed to demystify the recording process, with Mark explaining how the magic happened during the making of classic albums such as Cold Chisel's "East", The Angels' "Face To Face", INXS's "Welcome To Wherever You Are" and Divinyls' "Desperate" (more often than not, as Mark explains, it was the result of "happy accidents"). We also get to find out about Mark's life, from a troubled childhood to multi-platinum success. If this book was an album, it'd go straight to the top of the charts.
Just like the albums he bought to life, Mark's book is mesmerising. Taking me back to my favourite albums as a teenager and adult. What a legend. Oz rock tales from a truly global perspective. I wish I was him!