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Book review: 'Soul Mining' by Daniel Lanois
Book review: 'Soul Mining' by Daniel Lanois

Daniel Lanois loves shadows — in his rooms, in his photographs and most famously in the atmospheric music he has produced for himself and such artists as Bob Dylan, U2 and Peter Gabriel, in which sonic shadows lend dimension and an air of mystery. In his often engaging musical memoir, Lanois creates shadows not to conjure mystery but to give him a place to hide when he decides he's said enough. More than once he stops the story and dims the lights, frustrating a reader who's been drawn into his simmering stew of ideas and his robust account of growing up in Canada. "Something had happened to me, and I had lost my musical direction," he writes. The declaration...