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Follow Your Heart - John McLaughlin Song By Song Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Some of the photos are priceless and the use of indexing and source material is so very insightful.
While most readers are after details from the early Mahavishnu creations, I think the 80's and 90's are of particular interest as JM proves he changed the face of music and guitar playing for the better.
Some of the quotations from JM throughout the book are poignent and prophetic as it relates to the specific composition, timeframe or style of music. I could not put the book down.
Thanks again, Mr. Kolosky. But most of all thanks to you John McLaughlin!
Someone correct me if my knowledge of the device is so poor that I just don't know how to do it, but after about a year of use and reading many books on it, I think I have a pretty good grasp of the mechanics. The book has a table of contents, listing both albums and songs in alphabetical order. That table of contents is not directly accessible; you must start at the cover and page turn until you reach the table of contents. Unfortunately, it is not possible to select a song/album and go right to the selected section of text. The table of contents has no page numbers (or even location numbers). Hence, to find the section pertaining to the album or song you may be listening to, you must page through the ENTIRE BOOK hoping you might by pure chance find it. The book covers the albums in chronological, not alphabetical order (unlike the table of contents!), so you must have some knowledge of the timeline of the McLaughlin oeuvre, and even then you will be doing a lot of searching before you find what you are looking for. Due to no fault of the author, then, the Kindle version of this book is of limited utility.
One learns about the inspiration or the motivation for composing many of the songs.
Mr. Kolosky weaves through each of the songs offering insight and sharing comments and observations made by himself, his collaborators.
Although this book is a lot of fun to read, Mr. Kolosky is also offering a serious critical review of each song.
As an ardent fan and student of John McLaughlin's music, I love this book. It helps to bring me even closer to the light that Mr. Mclaughlin has shared with the world.
Thank you again Walter......you really don't know how wonderful this book is.
Robert V. (OW'er)
To approach each song the way he did, from mostly different angles, must have been quite challenging. The descriptions and stories of McLaughlin's music had me pulling out CDs I had not listened to in years. Chick Corea's foreword is quite touching and McLaughlin supplies great stories for the author throughout the book. The book also contains some excellent pictures of McLaughlin.
While the book gets a bit technical at times, especially for the music of Mahavishnu and Shakti, it is written in such a way that even those sections will be easily understood by non-musicians.
For anyone familiar with, or wanting to become familiar with, McLaughlin's work, this is an indispensable and thoroughly engaging book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not very in depth or well written. Hard to navigate around the book, a table of contents with links would've been nice.Published 23 months ago by Jack C. Castillo
As a fan of John McLaughlin and his music I can only recommend
this very informative book for all interested music lovers!
I have read this book in its entirety and have to say this is one of detailed, hard work. I agreed with most of the positive reviews that the insight is just amazing. Read morePublished on February 13, 2011 by Gagliarchives