Touched By Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story

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To many, Tommy Bolin was the legitimate heir to Jimi Hendrix's rock guitar throne. Stints with the James Gang and Deep Purple - as well as solo albums and a groundbreaking release with jazz-rocker Billy Cobham - certainly proved that the adulation was rightly deserved. And with a techno-color fashion sense, he certainly stood out from the pack. Only one problem, Tommy had a death-defying drug addiction, which ultimately would lead to a premature and tragic end - before he was able to truly take his standing among...
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To many, Tommy Bolin was the legitimate heir to Jimi Hendrix's rock guitar throne. Stints with the James Gang and Deep Purple - as well as solo albums and a groundbreaking release with jazz-rocker Billy Cobham - certainly proved that the adulation was rightly deserved. And with a techno-color fashion sense, he certainly stood out from the pack. Only one problem, Tommy had a death-defying drug addiction, which ultimately would lead to a premature and tragic end - before he was able to truly take his standing among the elite musicians of the world. 'Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story' is the first book to focus entirely on the life story of Tommy Bolin - compiled from nearly 50 exclusive interviews (including family, friends, and band members that played alongside Tommy throughout the years). "After reading 'Touched by Magic,' it seemed to me every interview 'takes you there' for the moment...I give 105 stars to Greg!" -Johnnie Bolin, Tommy's brother
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780578003177
  • Publisher: On Demand Publishing, LLC-Create Space
  • Publication date: 12/13/2008
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 634,955
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    Great book! Get it, you will not be disappointed!

    Great book! Get it, you will not be disappointed!

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  • Posted July 16, 2011

    A Must For Tommy Bolin Fans!

    Prior to reading Greg Prato's book Touched By Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story, everything I'd heard and read on the criminally under rated guitarist never seemed to be enough and I always found myself wanting to know more about him. Greg's book fills that void and should be read if you're a fan of Bolin's. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because it never explained how or why Tommy Bolin got into hard drugs. Bolin was well liked by everyone, so that remains a mystery. Other than that, this tells you everything you'd want to know from his beginnings in Iowa to the fateful night in Miami in December of 1976.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

    The Legacy of Tommy Bolin

    Oh this book took me back...It's written for those of us who appreciated what an innovative musician Tommy was. I wore out the grooves on Teaser and Private Eyes and his work with The James Gang and Deep Purple so I was familiar with the content already.
    The book traces his life from childhood to young drummer and through his musical career. He packed alot into the brief twenty five years of his life. It gives new details to the senselessness of his death...basically that the assembled party's paranoia of getting busted overode saving Tommy.
    The format features interviews with his brother and musicians like Narada Micheal Walden, Jan Hammer, Glenn Hughes and various friends and band members. It captures the spirit of his music and rock and roll that defined the early seventies but remains timeless today. Very well compiled.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2009

    Shooting Star

    As a solo artist, Teaser and Private Eyes are most definitely something that I'm glad having in my music collection. These albums some how pop-up from time to time as an invitation to listen too. Apart from the well crafted song arrangements, there's always that interesting aspect of the different musicians that contribute to the T.B. experience.
    The book captures this experience, uncovering perceptions and truths from various people, who some how unveil a sadness that can be heard within the music.
    T.B. took the opportunities, and met the challenges. In some cases triumphant, like for example his participation on B.C.'s Spectrum, and in others, defeat, like his drug habit, or the heroic efforts on D.P.'s Come Taste the Band, which are not to my liking.
    In the end, I really can't say he was a non-plus ultra 70`s guitarist. What I can say is that his musical mind was different, while doing the same things.

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