Brookes, a regular commentator on National Public Radio, traces the history of the guitar in America, from its arrival with the conquistadors to the present day. He also considers the instrument's cultural role as a symbol for ideals such as freedom, youthful sexuality, and protest. Interspersed with the historical narrative are essays describing step-by-step the creation of the author's custom Vermont cherry "dream guitar" by luthier Rick Davis. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Love the book. It had it's moments. There was information about the prison and prisoners I didn't, and just an allaround interesting read, loved the humor.
This is a wonderful journey through the history and joys of the guitar and the people who enjoy listening, playing and appreciating its lyrical qualities. The author, Tim Brookes, weaves a clever series of vignettes about the crafting of a custom made guitar in Vermont, while recanting the evolution of this hardy, stringed instrument. It is no small wonder that certain 'twists of fate' in the 20th Century, captured eloquently here, have proven to be the patron of the guitar and its hallowed place in America and the Globe. This was a book I could not put down. A masterful bit of prose.