‘Switched On: Bob Moog and the Synthesizer Revolution’, A New Biography, Now Available To Pre-Order

Switched On: Bob Moog and the Synthesizer Revolution, by composer and author Albert Glinsky, is now available to pre-order via The Bob Moog Foundation.

Glinsky is also the author of Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage, a fascinating look into the life of inventor and Soviet spy Leon Theremin.

The new book is the first complete biography of the synthesizer pioneer’s life and career. The 496-page hardcover book features 58 black-and-white and color illustrations, and a Foreword by Francis Ford Coppola.

In Switched On, Glinsky draws on exclusive access to Bob Moog’s personal archives and interviews with Moog’s family and associates. The book “takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride. at turns triumphant, heart-breaking, and frequently laugh-out-loud absurd”, offering a window into the public and private worlds of this legendary inventor.

Here’s what they publisher has to say about the book:

“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.

Bob Moog with author Albert Glinsky

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.”

Pricing and Availability

Switched On is available now to pre-order 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.

9 thoughts on “‘Switched On: Bob Moog and the Synthesizer Revolution’, A New Biography, Now Available To Pre-Order

  1. All respect to the man and pioneer but how many more times are we going to see his work being monetised?

    1. there is endless appetite for hero-worshiping in the music industry; folks hope some of it will rub off on them someday.

      1. Isn’t that what’s hyping up vintage synth prices?…. hoping that some of that magic pixie dust will rub off and instantly create that elusive hit?

        1. idk, the idea of ‘a hit’ is the last thing in my mind when I’m playing; the hunt for fame is boring and filled with hype. no thanks I did my time.

          Bob brought a marvel to the world, for that I’m thankful. the rest of the nutty music industry can do what it likes, bob fixed my wagon good.

    2. Since it is “being monetized” to raise money for the Moog Foundation, who cares? History is important…there is an audience… I don’t get the concern.

  2. More of the same. The more content creators release into the world, the less there will be seen of it. There’s linit to our time. I cannot imagine this endlessly going forward… So yeah, not going to spend time with what has been seen before.

    1. Yeah, because different points of view on history is a bad thing…..not! Can you point me at the “other Moog biography?” :-/ Oh, that’s right…there isn’t another.

  3. Instant order for me.

    I’ve read Glinsky’s book on Theremin, and it was one of the best biographies I’ve ever read. Theremin was a very interesting guy – a hero for electronic musicians for inventing the theremin, a devil for being a Soviet spy, and it seems a tragic character, because he had to do whatever the Soviets told him to do.

    I expect that his Moog book will be just as fascinating.

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