JOHN SIMON: LEGENDARY RECORD PRODUCER
John Simon was one of the top record producers in the United States during the late ’60s and the 1970s, responsible for pulling together more than a dozen albums that are considered classics and all of which continue to sell well more than 30 years later, including The Band’s “Music from Big Pink”, “The Band”, and “The Last Waltz”, "Songs of Leonard Cohen" by Leonard Cohen, “Cheap Thrills” by Big Brother & the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, “Bookends” by Simon & Garfunkel, and more.
TRUTH, LIES, AND HEARSAY
Featuring over 150 never before seen photographs and original illustrations by Simon himself, the autobiography illuminates his experience from the 1960's and beyond working with notable American artists.
This first edition publication "Truth, Lies, and Hearsay: A Memoir of a Musical Life In and Out of Rock & Roll" was produced for the 40th Anniversary production of The Last Waltz
PRINT AND EDITORIAL LAYOUT
The inspiring aesthetic was a vintage and homespun, inspired by the music books of John Simon's youth. The choice of a quirky typewriter font with a classic serif was a natural choice for the typography.
Each chapter, or "track" was demarcated with a detail of five lines, resemblant of a musical staff
For the biography's design, the main challenge was to orient the correct placement of each of the 150+ photos within the 340 pages of the book.