To the modern pop world, Stock, Aitken and Waterman (and Waterman's PWL brand) form a key link between the analogue past and the digital present of record production and writing. The label and its studios produced so many pop hits in the 1980s that their name became a byword for success and perfection: that they created a template expertly worked today by Simon Cowell is undeniable. Packed full of anecdotes and production details, PWL perfectly walks the line between gossip and fact, representing the first account of the PWL world outside the core trio.
Phil Harding is still an in-demand writer, producer, mix engineer, guest speaker and lecturer. He talks at universities and colleges around the UK, often with Pete Waterman, and is currently Vice-Chairman of the Music Producers Guild and Chairman of the Joint Audio and Media Education Service. He is regularly featured and interviewed in music production magazines and websites and is remembered fondly by just about everybody who has worked with hima rarity indeed in his business!