Power Chord: One Man's Ear-Splitting Quest to Find His Guitar Heroes

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When Scott McKenzie was a young man, he thought he saw God . . .

The deity was all in black with knee-high silver boots, a patent-leather breastplate, and full face makeup, clutching a beautiful, custom Les Paul guitar. Ace Frehley, lead guitarist for the rock group KISS, wasn't God—but hearing his piercing, shrieking, screaming, outrageous guitar solos was a transcendent spiritual experience for a boy from rural Kentucky, making him feel ...

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Power Chord: One Man's Ear Splitting Quest to Find His Guitar Heroes

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Overview

When Scott McKenzie was a young man, he thought he saw God . . .

The deity was all in black with knee-high silver boots, a patent-leather breastplate, and full face makeup, clutching a beautiful, custom Les Paul guitar. Ace Frehley, lead guitarist for the rock group KISS, wasn't God—but hearing his piercing, shrieking, screaming, outrageous guitar solos was a transcendent spiritual experience for a boy from rural Kentucky, making him feel uplifted, a witness to a higher power.

Two decades later, a grown-up Scott McKenzie vowed to meet Ace Frehley in the flesh—as well as the other gods and demigods who have held divine power over a generation of worshipful metal fans: legendary guitar champions like Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest and Phil Collen of Def Leppard, hallowed names like Steve Vai, Warren DeMartini, and John 5.

Power Chord is a chronicle of Scott McKenzie's epic quest to stand in the presence of metal greatness—to meet his omnipotent guitar gods face-to-face and get them to divulge their otherworldly secret.

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A. J. Jacobs
“A highly entertaining tale about heroism, dreams, debauchery, unnecessary umlauts and loud, loud music.”
Rudy Sarzo
“Power Chord captures the essence of why we become lifetime devotees to our rock gods.”
of L.A. Guns - Stacey Blades
"Scott McKenzie captures why we all became obsessed with the electric guitar. There was something that spoke to us. The look, the sound, and the whole embodiment of the electric guitar took us to another world. Put down your guitar and read POWER CHORD!"
Stacey Blades of L.A. Guns
“Scott McKenzie captures why we all became obsessed with the electric guitar. There was something that spoke to us. The look, the sound, and the whole embodiment of the electric guitar took us to another world. Put down your guitar and read POWER CHORD!”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061964961
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 954,225
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Scott McKenzie has written for Premier Guitar, Tin House, Stuff, Paste, Sync, Inked, and other publications. McKenzie runs Slushpile.net, and he coauthored The Man Behind the Nose, the autobiography of Larry "Bozo the Clown" Harmon.

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  • Posted August 11, 2012

    Really good read.I've been a guitarist for 38 of my 49 years.McK

    Really good read.I've been a guitarist for 38 of my 49 years.McKenzie's self deprecating style of wit makes his trials and tribulations in learning the instrument amusing reading, as it is intersperced with how he went about meeting and interviewing many of his (and my) favorite guitarists of the 80's hair metal era. If your a guitarist of any calibre,or just looking for a good read, do yourself a favor and grab this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    *****

    Scott McKenzie wrote a fun read for all of us who remember our guitar favorites of the 80's. His writing style captures your attention immediately. This book will surely entertain you and provide some first hand insights.

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