A Perfectly Good Guitar

A Perfectly Good Guitar

by Chuck Holley


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Ask guitar players about their instruments, and you’re likely to get a story—where the guitar came from, or what makes it unique, or why the player will never part with it. Most guitarists have strong feelings about their primary tool, and some are downright passionate about their axes. Chuck Holley is a professional photographer and writer who loves music and listening to musicians talk about their trade. For several years, he has been photographing guitarists with their prized instruments and collecting their stories. This beautifully illustrated book presents these stories in revelatory photographs and words. The guitarists included in this book range from high-profile performers, including Rosanne Cash, Guy Clark, Laurence Juber, Jorma Kaukonen, JD Souther, Bill Frisell, Dave Alvin, and Kelly Willis, to renowned studio musicians and band members. Holley’s beautifully composed photographs portray them with their favorite guitar, including detail shots of the instrument. Accompanying the photographs are the musicians’ stories about the Gibsons, Fenders, Martins, and others that have become the guitar in their lives, the one that has a special lineage or intangible qualities of sustain, tone, clarity, and comfort that make it irreplaceable. Several musicians talk about how the guitar chose them, while others recount stories of guitars lost or stolen and then serendipitously recovered. Together, these photographs and stories underscore the great pleasure of performing with an instrument that’s become a trusted friend with a personality all its own.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477312575
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 973,084
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

CHUCK HOLLEYMaryville, MissouriHolley has worked as a commercial photographer in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; a general assignment reporter and photographer for a southwest Iowa newspaper; and a photographer for a university.

Table of Contents

IntroductionDave Alvin: A National Steel among the Hopi DollsRay Benson: The Red 355Toronzo Cannon: The Gig and the JobRosanne Cash: Something PerfectCindy Cashdollar: Risen from the AshesGuy Clark: A Chunk of WoodJoanna Connor: The Great MistakePeter Cooper: All the Best: Tom T. HallDan Dugmore: Blacka and the BanditTommy Emmanuel: The MouseAlejandro Escovedo: Thousands of SongsDenny Freeman: One Night at the ContinentalBill Frisell: Old WoodEliza Gilkyson: The Goya and the GibsonJohn Hammond: Number 7David Holt: Sara Jane's TuneBill Hullett: The New Old NocasterCornell Hurd: The Wonders of the GalaxieDaniel Ivankovich: An Education in the BluesJohn Jorgenson: The Django MysteryLaurence Juber: Clipped WingsJorma Kaukonen: Not Vintage: Just OldBill Kirchen: Three New Heads and Five New HandlesSonny Landreth: The Strat under the BedJack Lawrence: Doc's MartinGreg Leisz: Twenty Bucks Well SpentJohn Leventhal: One Guitar: One Thousand GigsDave Malone: The $80 TelecasterRob McNelley: More Than Just a GuitarLisa Morales: A Rare FindScrappy Jud Newcomb: A Good Kind of WornJohnny Nicholas: Nothing Like a DonJames Pennebaker: Curtis Ray's Lap SteelLouie Pérez: Mi JaranaCasper Rawls: Connected Up: Austin StyleG. E. Smith: A Good Guitar Is a Good GuitarJD Souther: A Long Way in a Short TimeMarty Stuart: Clarence White's '54 TeleDan Tyminski: The First and the LastRedd Volkaert: That Good Buck Owens SoundWaddy Wachtel: The Best Deal EverDustin Welch: A Catalog GuitarKevin Welch: Little SisterKelly Willis: Something That MattersJamie Lin Wilson: One Guitar for the Rest of Your LifeCarolyn Wonderland: Patty the BlueshawkAcknowledgments

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