Cover: Recording Icons / Creative Spaces: The Creative World of Mark Howard by Mark Howard

Recording Icons / Creative Spaces: The Creative World of Mark Howard

Howard, Mark with Christopher Howard

  • Visual portraits of the iconic spaces where your favorite records were recorded

    Mark Howard has worked with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, U2, the Neville Brothers, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Marianne Faithfull, and the Tragically Hip

    Producer Mark Howard has always made unique records. For Howard, it’s not just about the recording process — making great music is also about creating unique, comfortable environments designed to bring out the best in the artist. To this end, he’s spent a career seeking out architecturally remarkable spaces in which to make albums. In Recording Icons / Creative Spaces, you’re invited behind the curtain to watch these music industry legends create. Using a non-invasive photographic approach, employing a Nikon time-lapse camera to capture these in-studio moments, Howard captures the hits as they happened, in a treasure trove of non-posed, natural images. You’re invited to travel the world with him and watch as he creates the beautiful spaces and inspiring atmosphere where the magic of classics by Bob Dylan, U2, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and many more actually happened.


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  • Mark Howard is a producer and recording engineer. He’s worked with countless multi-million-selling-record artists, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Waits, the Tragically Hip, Lucinda Williams, Willie Nelson, Marianne Faithfull, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel, R.E.M., and the Neville Brothers. He was born in Manchester, England, in 1964 and came to Hamilton, ON, at the age of two. He currently lives in Cape Breton, NS, overlooking the ocean and has been cancer-free for the last year.

  • Published: November 2022

    ISBN: 9781770416765

    Dimensions: 9 x 9 in.

    Pages: 200


Recording Icons / Creative Spaces captures the energy behind recording and performing in so many exotic spaces. It will inspire readers to think out of the box, and hopefully try out a remote setup with their gear in unintimidating, non-traditional, and informal spaces like Mark has.” — Tape Op Magazine