RIP Brooks Arthur, 914 Sound Studios hitmaking wizard

Brooks Arthur, award-winning engineer and the founder of 914 Sound Studios. Photo by James J. Kriegsmann Jr.

Dancing with, and to, The Dead

A faded 19th century mansion where ghosts of the past are close at hand seems just the right place to pay tribute to The Dead.

Nyack, New Rochelle, and the song about ‘Day the Music Died’

Fifty years ago, American Pie reached No. 1 on Billboard’s charts. Here’s some backstory on the making of a record that was born here in the Hudson Valley.

Hit-making studio legend recalls Springsteen’s breakthrough recordings

Brooks Arthur, the engineer behind hit records by Carole King, Neil Diamond, Janis Ian, and the Shangri-Las, was the founder of 914 Sound Studios. Photo by Betsy Hammer

‘The record company, Rosie, just gave me a big advance!’

The early recordings that would one day be part of a catalog that would earn Bruce Springsteen $550 million were captured in a music studio in an abandoned garage in suburban New York – not Asbury Park.