Log InCreate An Account
  1. News
  2. »
  3. Virtual Instruments
  4. »
  5. Bob Moog Foundation

Bob Moog Foundation offers pre-orders of "Switched On: Bob Moog and the Synthesizer Revolution by lauded author Albert Glinsky

Bob Moog Foundation

The Bob Moog Foundation is offering offer pre-orders for Switched On: Bob Moog and the Synthesizer Revolution by lauded author Albert Glinsky, the first complete biography of the synthesizer pioneer's storied life and career. The 496-page hardcover book, with 58 black-and-white and color illustrations and a Foreword by Francis Ford Coppola, published by Oxford University Press, will retail for $39.95. Pre-orders will ship the week of August 19, 2022, and the book will be released to the general public on September 2, 2022.

In Switched On, Glinsky draws on exclusive access to Bob Moog's personal archives and probing interviews with Bob's family and a multitude of associates. Switched On takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride. at turns triumphant, heart-breaking, and frequently laugh-out-loud absurd---a nuanced trip through the public and private worlds of this legendary inventor who altered the course of music forever.

Bob Moog was a brilliant engineer and lovable geek with Einstein hair and pocket protectors. He walked into history in 1964 when his early synthesizers unexpectedly became a sensation. A wide variety of musical acts including The Beatles, The Doors, The Byrds, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Yes, and Stevie Wonder discovered the Moog synthesizer, and it came to be featured in seminal film scores including A Clockwork Orange and Apocalypse Now. The Moog synthesizer's game-changing sounds saturated '60s counterculture and burst into the disco party scene in the '70s to set off the electronic dance music movement. Bob had helped create the synth industry, and had unwittingly become a star in the process.

But his life was not all it seemed. He was also going broke. Imitators copied his technology, the musicians' union accused him of replacing live players, and Japanese competitors started overtaking his work. He struggled to hang on to his inventions, his business, and his very name. Bob's story upends our notions of success and wealth, showing that the two don't always go together.

The biography took Glinsky over 12 painstaking years to research and write. He draws on an astounding depth of original research, including over 65 interviews and thousands of archival documents. His beautiful synthesis of troves of information disrupts many long-held views about Moog's story by drawing on a host of primary sources to overturn common myths, timelines, and assumptions.

"I was honored to be asked by Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director of the Bob Moog Foundation, to write Bob's biography, " Glinsky said. "The process of writing this book has been an extraordinary experience, and I am proud to be able to offer this definitive story of Bob's complex life and career."

The Bob Moog Foundation is proud to have supported Glinsky's efforts by facilitating interviews and providing access to hundreds of rare historical documents and photos. The Foundation's executive director, Michelle Moog-Koussa, is mentioned in the acknowledgements of the book for her role in its creation. These efforts are an extension of the Foundation's mission to protect, preserve, and share the wealth of materials of the Bob Moog Foundation Archives with people from all over the world.

Switched On can be pre-ordered through the Bob Moog Foundation's online store starting on July 25, 2022. It will be available in the Moogseum store beginning on September.



Discussion: Active

Please log in to join the discussion

News & Deals Related To This Item

Bob Moog Foundation announces "Bob's Birthday Raffle" for Minimoog Model D Reissue signed by Jordan Rudess
23 May 2024
Enter Vintage Moog Source Contest and get Syntronik Sorcerer for free
23 Feb 2024
Bob Moog Foundation to feature Patrick Moraz at NAMM in January
09 Jan 2024
Bob Moog Foundation Archives receives Historic Donation of Herb Deutsch Collection
05 Dec 2023
One week left to enter the Bob Moog Foundation's Raffle for fully restored vintage Memorymoog Plus
31 Oct 2023
Bob Moog Foundation raffles Dominic Milano's Vintage Memorymoog Plus
16 Oct 2023
The Bob Moog Foundation announces "Story of Moraz" Exhibit at ProgStock 2023
19 Sep 2023
Bob Moog Foundation explores Evolution of Modular Synthesis with Innovators Chris Meyer and Dave Rossum
21 Aug 2023
Audio Entrepreneur, Inventor Marcus Ryle Joins Bob Moog Foundation Board of Directors
10 Jul 2023
Bob Moog Foundation is raffling off 2022 Minimoog Model D Serial #1
07 Jun 2023
Bob Moog Foundation announces fundraising raffle for fully restored vintage Minimoog synthesizer signed by Geddy Lee
16 Feb 2023
Bob Moog Foundation offers pre-orders of "Switched On: Bob Moog and the Synthesizer Revolution by lauded author Albert Glinsky
25 Jul 2022
Moogseum explores Modular Synthesis with New Patching Sound Exhibit
31 Mar 2022
Bob Moog Foundation launches Raffle for Vintage Minimoog Model D Signed by Herb Deutsch
09 Feb 2022
Bob Moog Foundation announces 2022 18-Month Calendar - 60 Years of Synthesizer Pioneers
01 Nov 2021
Bob Moog Foundation announces its 15th Anniversary Minimoog Raffle featuring a vintage, archetypal Minimoog Model D synthesizer signed by Bob Moog himself
13 Aug 2021

Show more...