My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians

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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 world?s 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 Pe?a, Lee Ranaldo, ...
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Overview


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 world’s 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.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)
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"Ask a musician to talk about their first instrument and it seems they are off and running, full of anecdotes, joy, and poetic longing, describing those beat-up first guitars as if they were their first loves, which in many ways they undoubtedly were."  —Graham Parker, Singer/Songwriter

"This book is testament. It's not just about the first guitars or the players themselves, really. It's much more: the follow-up from that first chance meeting—that coming-of-age experience with music. This is life, told and celebrated through guitars."  —Premier Guitar (September 2012)

"Crowe captures what all of her interview subjects share: a love, sublime or offbeat, of the instruments that inspired them to make music." —Publishers Weekly (August 27, 2012)

"Anyone who loves guitars and guitar players (whether or not you're a player yourself) will love looking through this book." —American Songwriter (September 2012)

"The way My First Guitar is divided makes it a quick read, easy to refer back to for those certain favorites and easy to put down and start reading again no matter how much time has passed." —The Weekender (September 2012)

"The book is a rich vein of practical information from which one may extract a huge surplus of musical inspiration." —www.PopMatters.com

"Overall, this book is entertaining, and for the fan of the instrument, creates a very poignant picture of the rise of the guitar in pop culture." —San Francisco Book Review (December 2012)

"The first-person stories told here are as compelling for music fans as they are for non-guitar folk." —Vancouver Sun (December 15, 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770410558
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 814,310
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet 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."
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