Reviews for The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack

My book, ‚The Struggle Behind the Soundtrack‘, published in August 2019, has garnered positive reviews from various magazines, professionals and university teachers. Here is a selection:

Randall Larson writes in his ‚BuySoundtrax‘ column:
„Eicke’s book is a very interesting one by investigating a topic not elsewhere covered in film music books and daring to point a spotlight at struggles that lie within the film music workplace. There’s enough information at hand here to warrant consideration, and to lend some understanding of conditions under which composers have to work.“

In the November issue of the Austrian film magazine ‚ray‚, Benjamin Moldenhauer judges:
„This book is an entertaining analysis of the working conditions for composers. It’s an especially lively read because it is built around interviews with 40 composers.“

„This is a very interesting book; the chapter on Hans Zimmer alone makes it worthwhile and I have to say I learned a lot from reading it. Recommended.“ Hellbound

„Great book!“ Joerg Magnus Pfeil, film composer

„This is a fantastic book, very well-written and with devastating (but true and important) inside knowledge. This is a must-read for any aspiring and professional media composer.“ Than van Nispen, composer and teacher at HKU, Netherlands

„If you are starting out as a composer, I highly recommend this book!“ Carly Paradis, composer

„Stephan Eicke shows the dark reality of a Hollywood ripe with abuse, pressure and exploitation. […] This book is full of brave statements, and a must-read for those who want to have a future in Hollywood. Those who are hoping for the best can prepare for the worst. It is a fundamental book.“ Fotogramas, June 2020

„Stephan Eicke is one of the most intelligent, knowledgeable and fine cynics in this medium. He’s an ant in an environment of cicadas. Admiration and respect!“ Conrado Xalabarder, MundoBSO

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