Ted Templeman by Ted Templeman as told to Greg Renoff, ECW Press

Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music

Templeman, Ted and Renoff, Greg

  • Crafting smash hits with Van Halen, The Doobie Brothers, Nicolette Larson, and Van Morrison, legendary music producer Ted Templeman changed the course of rock history

    This autobiography (as told to Greg Renoff) recounts Templeman’s remarkable life from child jazz phenom in Santa Cruz, California, in the 1950s to Grammy-winning music executive during the ’70s and ’80s. Along the way, Ted details his late ’60s stint as an unlikely star with the sunshine pop outfit Harpers Bizarre and his grind-it-out days as a Warner Bros. tape listener, including the life-altering moment that launched his career as a producer: his discovery of the Doobie Brothers.

    Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer’s Life in Music takes us into the studio sessions of No. 1 hits like “Black Water” by the Doobie Brothers and “Jump” by Van Halen, as Ted recounts memories and the behind-the-scene dramas that engulfed both massively successful acts. Throughout, Ted also reveals the inner workings of his professional and personal relationships with some of the most talented and successful recording artists in history, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Lowell George, Sammy Hagar, Linda Ronstadt, David Lee Roth, and Carly Simon.

    Templeman is a world-famous producer, known for working with Van Halen, Eric Clapton, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Joan Jett. This book recounts Templeman’s remarkable life: from childhood as a ’50s jazz phenom in Santa Cruz to the pinnacle of music industry success during the ’70s and ’80s as a Grammy-winning music executive.


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  • Ted Templeman is an award-winning music producer who discovered Van Halen and The Doobie Brothers. Greg Renoff was born in the Bronx, grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is the author of Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal. His writing has appeared in Guitar World, LA Weekly, and Vulture, and he and his work have been profiled in Salon, Maxim, and the Boston Herald.

  • Published: April 2020

    ISBN: 9781770414839

    Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in.

    Pages: 472


“Classic rock fans will dig Templeman's insider view of the music business.” — Publishers Weekly

“[Templeman] and Renoff have undertaken a challenging task in chronicling his extensive career, but the result is a fascinating account of a panoramic musical journey.” — Pop Matters

“Rock music fans would enjoy this read, especially fans of The Doobies, Michael McDonald, and Van Halen. It is a lengthy book for a person with a lengthy career.” — Lance Writes blog

“An entertaining read for any fan of the Doobie Brothers and Van Halen, plus those who enjoy getting more insight to how great music and albums are made.” — Get Ready to Rock

“The book is filled with insight from someone who not only worked in close proximity with some of the most popular acts of their time, but also developed lasting relationships in their many years together.” — Ultimate Classic Rock

“The discourse is well-organized and to the point, with just enough color to preclude any sense of sameness that might otherwise arise from the similarity in settings from chapter to chapter.” — All About Jazz

“In this utterly delightful remembrance, the man responsible for a shocking number of the biggest records of the 1970s and 1980s emerges from behind the mixing board to recall working with the Doobie Brothers, Van Halen, Nicolette Larson and a hundred others with clarity, affection, and even glimpses of wisdom . . . so refreshing.” — Rock & Roll Globe

“His remembrances are densely packed with detail and insight, a valuable peek behind the scenes of some genuinely outstanding music.” — Oakland Press

“Templeman (via Renoff) comes off as an engaging and friendly narrator and tour guide behind the making of some of classic rock's greatest records.” — Houston Press

“Entertainment options have dwindled during this stay-at-home period in history. But books are still ripe for exploration, and Templeman's life proved to be fertile ground.” — Tulsa World

“Ted Templeman and Greg Renoff have written a book that is a fascinating story not only of one man's successful career as a musician and producer, but a look behind the curtain at how the record industry worked during its heyday of the 1970s and 1980s. Whether or not you're a fan of any of the bands that Templeman worked with, if you love music you'll enjoy this entirely engaging and interesting book.” — The Rock and Roll Chemist blog

“This memoir is sure to be an enjoyable read for musicians and fans alike. . . In the end, reading this life story will answer the question, ‘What is a producer?’” — Screamer Magazine

“Guess what book I can't recommend more during this fucking pandemic? I suggest that you go out and buy Ted Templeman: A Platinum Producer's Life in Music.” — Bill Burr podcast

“Excellent.” — SPIN

“In his entertaining autobiography, the former member of the sunshine-pop vocal group Harpers Bizarre recounts producing heavyweights like Van Morrison, Doobie Brothers, Montrose, Van Halen, Eric Clapton, and Aerosmith.” — Vintage Guitar

“Ted Templeman delivers the goods with A Platinum Producer's Life in Music, a no-nonsense sprint through the labyrinth of a music business discovering itself. Finally, here is a book that covers the process of the artist.” — Aquarian Weekly