Masters of Rock Guitar

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Rock 'n' roll without guitars is rock 'n' roll that doesn't rock. The guitar is the foundation on which the style was built, and this richly illustrated volume pays homage to the instrument and legendary players that opened the doors of sensation, creativity, and life itself.
The figures who contributed to guitar history are many, from bluesman B.B. King and the pioneering Chuck Berry to Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, ...
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Overview

Rock 'n' roll without guitars is rock 'n' roll that doesn't rock. The guitar is the foundation on which the style was built, and this richly illustrated volume pays homage to the instrument and legendary players that opened the doors of sensation, creativity, and life itself.
The figures who contributed to guitar history are many, from bluesman B.B. King and the pioneering Chuck Berry to Frank Zappa, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Mark Knopfler, and above all, Jimi Hendrix.
Masters of Rock Guitar will strike a chord with music enthusiasts of all ages.
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Publishers Weekly
This five-pound monster celebrates guitar heroes from the ‘50s to the present, from Les Paul to Ben Harper. In his first full-length effort, Italian journalist Assante writes that the guitar is the foundation on which rock and roll was built, and in a lengthy introduction to this richly-illustrated, handsome book he provides a thorough, scholarly history of the instrument. He then profiles 66 of its most impressive practitioners, including usual suspects Jimi Hendrix ("the king" to Assante), Bo Diddley, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as unexpected but deserving players like Duane Eddy, Robert Fripp, Richie Sambora, and Tom Morello, while oversize photos and colorful headers ooze with aesthetic appeal. The problem is Assante's stilted style, marked by superlatives and unnecessarily long sentences, and riddled with errors (for example, Keith Richards released two solo studio albums, not one). In the preface, Adrian Belew asks why the electric guitar continues to fascinate after more than half a century. The answer lies in the music these amazing artists have created, which is only partially reflected in Assante's effort. Photos. (Jan.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788854404236
  • Publisher: White Star Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,386,930
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernesto Assante has worked as a music critic for close to thirty years. He contributes to numerous publications, including Rolling Stone, and has worked as a radio broadcaster and television writer. His books include Legends of Rock (White Star). Joe Satriani, a guitar virtuoso who has received 14 Grammy nominations for his solo album compositions, has played with Mick Jagger, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, and Steve Vai, one of his many students who became rock stars. Adrian Belew is one of rock’s most versatile and prolific guitarists. As a solo artist, a member of King Crimson, and contributor to the recordings and tour bands of such eminent acts as Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Paul Simon, Talking Heads, Nine Inch Nails, Tori Amos, and Cyndi Lauper, he has left his imprint on some of rock’s most memorable music.
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