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Play It Loud Audiobook

Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar

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Publisher's Summary

By a pair of veteran music writers, an unprecedented history of the electric guitar, its explosive impact on music and culture, and the people who brought it to life.

For generations the electric guitar has been an international symbol of freedom, danger, rebellion, and hedonism. In Play It Loud, Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna bring the history of this iconic instrument to roaring life. It's a story of inventors and iconoclasts, of scam artists, prodigies, and mythologizers as varied and original as the instruments they spawned.

Play It Loud uses 12 landmark guitars - each of them artistic milestones in their own right - to illustrate the conflict and passion the instruments have inspired. It introduces Leo Fender, a man who couldn't play a note but whose innovations helped transform the guitar into the explosive sound machine it is today. Some of the most significant social movements of the 20th century are indebted to the guitar: It was an essential element in the fight for racial equality in the entertainment industry; a mirror to the rise of the teenager as social force; a linchpin of punk's sound and ethos. And today the guitar has come full circle, with contemporary titans such as Jack White of The White Stripes, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys bringing some of the earliest electric guitar forms back to the limelight.

Featuring interviews with Les Paul, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai, and dozens more players and creators, Play It Loud is the story of how a band of innovators transformed an idea into a revolution.

©2016 Brad Tolinski and Alan di Perna (P)2016 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"It's all here: everything knowable now becomes known about the plugged-in ax that changed the world. A comprehensive history of the electric guitar in cultural context is something long wanted, awaited, and needed. At long last, it has arrived." (Billy Gibbons, ZZ Top guitarist/vocalist and Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee)

"The authors... bring freshness to chestnuts through technical nuggets aplenty.... The electric guitar changed the world, and Tolinski and di Perna impressively reveal its epic story." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    "Great history lesson for electric guitar enthusia!"
    Where does Play It Loud rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely one of the best music oriented non-fiction books available.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All the people, guitars and events in the book were very interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

    All equally good.


    Any additional comments?

    It would have been great if it also included audio clips of the guitars and music referenced in the book. For example, it would help to hear the difference between a single coil vs humbucking pickups, a Gibson Les Paul vs a Fender Strat, sample riffs, techniques, etc. I would buy an updated version of this audiobook if it included all the musical, audio examples described in the book.

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    Divemaster Julio 03-31-17
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    "Great book, well spoken but slow"

    If you are into guitars this is a good book.
    Two things that would make this a great audiobook:
    Faster voice (you can actually achieve this through the app by setting speed to 1.25)
    Second, include sound bytes of the actual artist playing the guitar in mention.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Ron 10-31-17
    Dr. Ron 10-31-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Book and Audible Performance"

    This is the definitive history of the electric guitar. Wonderfully written and read. The true gold standard in documenting music history.

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    Don Alamo, CA, United States 10-20-17
    Don Alamo, CA, United States 10-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Over The Top Good!"

    A well researched account of the history of the guitar from both the musicians and craftsman perspectives. I’m on my second read.

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    Nathan Couch 10-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Must have for musicians"

    There is so much I had never heard. This is a fascinating story that I just feel is lost or will be lost. This also helped me look at the electric in a whole new light. Now the differences all make sense, I can pick up a les paul and know the history, what its been through, who has used it and why its made this way, which makes me appreciate it that much more. I like knowing why we have the pickups we have and why those choices were made. If you play, this is essential. Best part for me was surprisingly the Van Halen part. Not so much my thing I thought, definitely more into the Hendrix, Clapton stuff but damn man, what a story! Really peaked my interest. Might start off just a little slow but it holds its own through the end. If anything I wish it was a little bit longer.

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    Pete C. Virginia 09-23-17
    Pete C. Virginia 09-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, well written, well told"

    I got this book to learn some facts, but was pleasantly surprised to find it a very well written and immensely interesting story that was well researched, well written and well told. Surprisingly it was hard to put down. You don't have to be a guitarist to really enjoy this story telling while learning so many fascinating inside stories. Enjoy.

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    Daniels dad 08-14-17
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    "Amazing history lesson"

    A must have for anyone into history or music I would highly recommended this book I learned so much

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    "Play it Loud, History of the Electric Guitar"

    I was amazed at all the amazing history contained in this book! This book I found to be very well read which combined with all the historical facts kept my attention throughout the program.
    I wasn't keen on the periodic foul language, but it didn't deter me from listening to the book.

    I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in guitars and or the history of how the electric guitar and pickups came to be, some of which may be surprising.

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    Joshua Tennessee 05-30-17
    Joshua Tennessee 05-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent history of the electric guitar"

    Very entertaining and well written history of the electric guitar. Anyone who loves electric guitars will love this book.

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    John N. 04-19-17
    John N. 04-19-17 Member Since 2008
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you listen to Play It Loud again? Why?

    yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    the birth of the worlds favorite instrument


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this work. it answered questions i didnt know i had and made me aware of a rich and long history. a must read

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    "Keep up with the rest....."

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