Behind the Glass, Howard Massey
This is by far, the best book I've ever read on the subject of recording/producing/mixing music -- and I've read several. It is a series of interviews with many legendary producers, who share their insights and techniques for recording. What makes this book different and better than most, is that Massey asks questions that explicitly pertain to the home recording enthusiast who is trying to learn what to do and how to do it in their own home/project studios. If you're in a bedroom studio, trying to learn how to make the best recordings you can, this book is for you! Massey asks questions like: "How do you approach EQing the bass?" And: "What kind of compression ratios do you use?" "What is the single most important piece of gear for a home studio?" And in answering such questions, you get great tips and techniques from the experts for recording various instruments, tips on EQ-ing, using compression, mixing and more. This is the closest thing you'll find to learning at the feet of masters such as: George Martin (Beatles, Jeff Beck), Brian Wilson (Beach Boys), Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Zeppelin), Tony Visconti (Bowie, Thin Lizzy), Andy Johns (Zeppelin, Stones, Van Halen, Hughes/Thrall, Satriani), Jack Douglas (Aerosmith, John Lennon) Nile Rodgers, and more.
In addition to all the helpful info, this book is a good read, too! Lots of cool stories.