Synopses & Reviews
Whether it is a beautiful and classic model or an unglamorous and inexpensive starter instrument, a musicians first guitar can be the catalyst that motivates a lifelong passion. The pages of this book contain interviews with 70 of the worlds most well-known guitarists across musical genres and playing styles to discover how their love of the instrument compelled them to pursue music as a career. These guitar icons reveal how they got their first instrument, the music they loved, and their heroes and inspirations. With an impressive list of subjects—including Dick Dale, Melissa Etheridge, Jimmy Page, Les Paul, and Carlos Santana—as well as childhood photos from such guitar legends as Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani, and Jimmie Vaughan, this book has appeal for guitar heroes and nonmusicians alike.
"This entertaining collection of interviews addresses 'how guitarists came into owning their first guitar.' A broad range of famous, international artists representing almost every area of guitar music Les Paul and George Benson in jazz; Lee Ranaldo and Peter Frampton in rock; David Russell in classical; Juan Martin in flamenco; and more describe what Sonny Landreth calls 'the magic I first felt with this instrument.' The guitars themselves range from cheap Sears and Kay acoustics (Steve Lukather) and Teisco Del Ray electrics (Steve Vai) to classic models such as the Les Paul Standard (Pat Martino) and the Fender Stratocaster (Jonny Lang). But regardless of model, and the many variations on how and where musicians first got their guitars, Crowe captures what all of her interview subjects share: a love, sublime or offbeat, of the instruments that inspired them to make music. 'hey're somewhat human,' opines classical guitarist and composer Benjamin Verdery, 'and memories of a particular time in your life come flooding right back.' (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Famous guitarists reveal the stories behind their first six-string and their lifelong passion for music Every guitarist remembers his or her first instrument, the guitar that was a gateway to a lifetime of passion and commitment. In My First Guitar, Julia Crowe presents original interviews with some of the worlds leading guitarists across a variety of genres, including Les Paul, Dick Dale, Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton, Jimmie Vaughan, Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani, Melissa Etheridge, Paco Peña, Lee Ranaldo, George Benson, and Jimmy Page. Each interview offers an intimate glimpse into the humble beginnings of real-life guitar heroes as they recall their first instrument and share the inspiration, challenges, and successes of their early days.
About the Author
Julia Crowe is a guitarist and columnist for several guitar magazines in the United States and abroad. Her music has been featured on National Public Radio, and she composed music for the feature film documentary "Drop City." She lives in New York City. Andy Summers is a guitarist, composer, and producer best known as the guitarist of the internationally successful rock band the Police. He has numerous solo albums and is the author of the books "I'll Be Watching You "and "One Train Later."