At the beginning of My First Guitar, Julia Crowe tells the story of flying across the Atlantic Ocean to track down Jimmy Page. That is just one example of the diligence and musical passion that made this book a reality. Crowe interviewed 70 famous guitarists, from Les Paul to Page, to collect the musicians' unforgettable stories of their first instruments and their first (endless) practice sessions.
Three distinct performers add texture to these first-person recollections: Ralph Lister (film and television actor), L. J. Ganser (winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards), and Lisa Friedman-York (who is the mature voice of Crowe herself). Each chapter has a brief but helpful introduction to the musician's style.
Whether it is a beautiful and classic model or an unglamorous and inexpensive starter instrument, a musician's first guitar can be the catalyst that motivates a lifelong passion. This audiobook contains interviews with 70 of the world's 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 guitar legends as Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani, and Jimmie Vaughan, this book has appeal for guitar heroes and non-musicians alike.
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Julia Crowe has compiled a sweet suite of seventy stories about guitars. Heavy hitters in rock, blues, flamenco, classical and country reminisce about their first guitars. And if you don't get nostalgic, you've never been in love before.
I knew this was going to be a good read when Andy Summers, guitarist for the Police, provided the foreword. Then Crowe took up the tale of how this book came together.
Her quest took her to London to visit the elusive Jimmy Page, only to be told he was unavailable. And the author had just sunk her last borrowed dime on this trip. She is told to go to a coffeeshop where Page may or may not show?
Will she get the interview? You have to stick around to the last chapter to find out. But the seventy stories stacked in between make you want to run out and drool over a Gretsch or your ax of choice.
The guitarists give their stories in their own words. That's why there is more than one narrator to provide voices for this varied asemblage. Crowe scored interviews with big names and lesser knowns with a huge impact, and you don't have to know anything about guitars or care to understand these tales of first guitars and finding one's path in life.
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