The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to welcome Alan Parsons for a Legends Series interview on Saturday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in the Rock Hall’s Foster Theater.
Alan Parsons will be interviewed by the Rock Hall’s Director of Education Jason Hanley. Questions will be taken from the audience at the end of the interview.
Alan Parsons had dabbled with live performance in his late teens as a folk/blues acoustic player and as a lead guitarist with a blues band in the late 60s. When he landed a job at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London at the age of 19, it became clear that the world of sound recording was to dominate his career.
Parsons was assistant engineer on the last two Beatles albums and went on to work with Paul McCartney and the Hollies among others. But it was his contribution as engineer on Pink Floyd's classic Dark Side of the Moon that got him world attention. That led to success as a producer - notably the hugely successful Year of the Cat album with Al Stewart. In 1975 he met Eric Woolfson who became his manager and they joined forces as a songwriting and performing team for The Alan Parsons Project. The APP’s debut album, Tales of Mystery and Imagination based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe paved the way for a signing to Clive Davis' newly launched Arista label and a string of hit albums, namely I Robot, Pyramid, The Turn of a Friendly Card, Eye in the Sky, Ammonia Avenue , Vulture Culture , Stereotomy and Gaudi. With his long-standing collaborators, guitarist Ian Bairnson, drummer Stuart Elliott and orchestral arranger Andrew Powell, Alan dropped the "Project" identity for Alan Parsons - Try Anything Once in 1994. The partnership continued for On Air in 1996 and The Time Machine in 1999.
The album A Valid Path, Alan's foray into Electronica was released in 2004 and featured Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, The Crystal Method, Shpongle, Uberzone, PJ Olsson and Alan's son, Jeremy. 2008 saw the reissue of all the Alan Parsons Project albums in expanded form, containing never-before-heard bonus material and a 2-CD compilation called The Essential Collection. One of the most familiar Project tracks is Sirius, perhaps best known as the Chicago Bulls theme and more recently as walk-on music for The New Orleans Saints at their triumphant Superbowl game in 2010. Alan's latest venture is an instructional series about recording called The Art And Science Of Sound Recording. See www.artandscienceofsound.com. All Our Yesterdays, a song written especially for the series, features some of LA's finest musicians and a rare performance by Alan on lead vocals.