Last year was a busy one for artist-producer Daniel Lanois. He produced new albums by Neil Young and the Killers’ Brandon Flowers. And he debuted his new band, Black Dub, with a well-received first album.
Another accomplishment: “Soul Mining: A Musical Life,” a 230-page memoir that flew underneath the radar of Lanois’ musical accomplishments and was also eclipsed by Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards’ more celebrated “Life.”
“I never wanted to write a book — but apparently I did,” says the Canadian-born Lanois, 59. “Somebody was twisting my arm. I said, ‘I’m not a book writer,’ and they said, ‘Try a couple of chapters and see what happens.’
“So I wrote a couple, and I felt something about it could be inspiring to someone else who’s thinking about getting into this line of work. I suppose it’s the story of the unlikely rise of a French-Canadian kid and the passion and the dreams. It’s a one-brick-at-a-time story.”
But, Lanois cautions, don’t expect to read much gossip about the famous folks he’s worked with.
“It’s really about the creativity,” he explains. “There’s no dirt or gossip in the book. I describe my encounters with some very, very powerful brains and some incredible imaginations I’ve been associated with, from Bob Dylan to U2 to Peter Gabriel, Emmylou Harris. ... But it’s mostly about the fire that burns inside and the creative process, nothing else.
“I think that’s interesting enough, you know?”
Black Dub and Rocco Deluca perform Thursday, June 9, at the Magic Stick, 4120 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 313-833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.
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