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Roy Buchanan: American Axe Paperback – August 1, 2001
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'Roy Buchanan: American Axe', by Phil Carson, is a special biography of a special person. The book takes the reader on a journey through the guitarist's childhood straight through to his days as a journeyman guitarist, a man haunted by the same demons that haunt many an artist and musician, especially blues and rock guitar players it seems.
Carson tells the story of a warm night in June of '72 when an ordinary, mellow man first headlined to a full house in New York City's Carnegie Hall. Backed by his band, the Snakestretchers, Roy stepped up to the mic and began reciting in a soft drawl: "Just a smile, just a glance ... The Prince of Darkness, he just walked past ..." You know the rest. His solo then rang out through the hall in crystal clarity. The audience left awestruck at the end of the show, knowing they'd witnessed a guitar great for the first time.
Roy's life was cut short; only God knows why. But at least he was able to leave us an amazing legacy of recordings. He was an incredible blues player. This book is for the fans of Roy, and for those looking forward to learning about the life of the guitar legend himself. For those who have yet to get into him, start here as well ... while listening to a CD or two of his music.Read more ›
This is an excellent book that gives one a feel for Roy as a person (as much as that is possible), his life as a journeyman musician, and his brief flirtation with fame after having been "discovered" in 1971.
As an added benefit, in the process of telling Roy's story, the author takes the reader on a wonderful voyage through the last 50+ years of American music; of course the two subjects are so closely related it's totally unavoidable, but I still have to say kudos because Mr. Carson has done such a fine job of weaving the two stories together in a very readable way.
Roy Buchanan's skill as a guitar player was unsurpassed and may never be equaled. Few guitarists (past or present) can even be compared to him, and many so-called "guitar gods" fall well short. But he was also a tragic figure, in many ways, and perhaps this was the price for his lofty talent.
We'll never know, but Phil Carson brings us as close as we'll probably ever get to understanding the contradictions that made Roy Buchanan who he was -- a genuine guitar god and deeply troubled mortal.
This is a nicely done book. I enjoyed it and do not hesitate to give it five stars here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Murdered by the police. he was beaten to death at the police station and then the pigs staged a fake suicide. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Captain America
Being a long time fan of Roy's I just had to read this at some point and just finished it tonight. Many rock biographies are short on facts and poorly researched and padded out... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eliminator Man
Well written account of the greatest unknown guitarist gives some good insight to Roy, if your familiar and enjoy his music and the blues you will love this book as much as I didPublished 14 months ago by Thomas A. Costa
American Axe is extremely well researched and beautifully wriiten by Phil Carson. Carson tells the story of Roy Buchanan, a deeply rooted southern blues guitar player. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sam T Hardman
The most underrated guitarist l ever heard of,but his personal demons held him back.Published 16 months ago by Robert
In 1971, I got to know Roy Buchanan during his gig with the Snakestretchers, at Crossroads, in Bladensburg, Md. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stephanie Kendall
This is a excellent book on a great American guitarist! Phil Carson does a great job tackling the mans story.Published on November 13, 2013 by Jeff Dorman