Second-Generation Superstars

Second-Generation Superstars
BECK & DAVID CAMPBELL
When rock musicians want a string arrangement, their first go-to guy is usually David Campbell. That goes for his son, Beck, too, who’s used his dad to add orchestration to albums like Modern Guilt. The list of nonfamilial artists Campbell has worked with is vast and endless, with credits stretching from Carole King’s Tapestry and Jackson Browne’s The Pretender to Muse’s recent The 2nd Law. “I’ve done something on just about every one of (Beck’s) albums,” Campbell told the Los Angeles Times. “There’s no tension.” Beck said his father “always had an ear for the weirder harmonies. That’s probably what he passed to me.” Campbell was regularly featured in the Church of Scientology’s magazine as he rose up through the musical ranks, though Beck has been quick with a “no comment” when asked about his family’s ties to the religion.

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