The pros and cons:
- If you are a music techie (have recorded before, or genuinely interested in the process), there are a lot of interesting parts on how certain sounds were produced, the types of mic's, amps, instruments used, etc...
- The book is very well organized. Chapters are divided by song, so if you are interested in certain songs and not others, it's easy to jump right in. The reference/source guide at the back of the book is extremely detailed, and it's easy to find where any name/part/song/instrument/etc is used in the book.
- Caillat either has the most amazing "Rain Man" like memory in history, or took the most extremely detailed notes on every moment of the day (which would be hard to believe, since his hands were full at the mixing board with five demanding musicians...and admitted he took his share of drugs to boot, which would draw the accuracy of those notes to question). Not humanly possible to recall every last word of every conversation like he recites in the book, and it's quickly obvious that parts were embellished. Even the arguments concerning the crumbling relationships of the band members - which was one of the major issues behind the making the album - don't read as genuine, and seem trite or cooked up. This calls into question the rest of the book, but I'll give Caillat the benefit of the doubt on the recording process and technicalities. He also goes into detail about everything his dog does, which is "cute" (I guess) at first, but quickly gets old. "He licked me on the face as if to say 'everything is going to be fine'". You get the picture.
- Caillat feels the need to pat himself on the back and toot his horn (apparent in the opening intro before the real book even begins), and also inserts all his personal trials and tribulations over the women he was interested in. He makes sure we're aware he slept with the girl at the front desk (deciding not to end a chapter just saying he went over to her place that night, but adding that he fully closed the deal, just in case we're unsure), and also makes us fully aware he slept with another hot girl during the recording. He inserts photos of the girls as proof, including one of him in bed with one of them, and another photo of him leaving another's house "the morning after." Awesome Ken! You are a rock and roll stud, we get it. But most people didn't buy the Making of Rumors to learn about this, or about your major internal conflict over whether you like the brunette or the blonde - whose hair "sparkled in the morning sun" (yep, that's in there) - better.
Because of the cons mentioned above, I found myself skimming many chapters, and focussing on just on certain parts. This book could easily have been 100 pages.