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Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass Hardcover – Illustrated, December 18, 2018
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“A treasure trove for any fan of the four-stringed (and occasionally more) instrument.” (Billboard)
“Geddy’s book is beautiful… What the title does not reveal is that the Rush bassist’s book is also a gas to read.” (Psychobabble)
About the Author
Geddy Lee is the vocalist, bassist, and keyboard player for the Hall of Fame rock group Rush, with drummer Neil Peart and guitarist Alex Lifeson. The most successful Canadian music group in history, Rush is only third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum albums sold by a rock band, and has performed before millions of fans around the world. Ranked by Rolling Stone as among the top bassists of all-time, Rush's energetic frontman has long been acclaimed for his wizard-like musical talent and mesmerizing performances. Geddy lives in Toronto, Canada.
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This is a great rundown of basses, their history, the goods and bads, the feelings, the songs they made noise on and the list goes on and on, but it's all in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever listened to any kind of music, not just bass players. The book is fun and full of nostalgia that no other book covers, especially ones about basses. You can't go wrong buying this book for your favorite musician.
As a side note, be prepared when you get to the end, your emotions will get the best of you. As we all know, Rush is no longer and as I read about a certain pair of custom items from Le Studio (I'm not giving away any book secrets here. I'll let it hit you as it did me), I lost it. This is "The End" and it won't hit you until get to those final pages. I doubt this was intentional, but it happened and I'm not mad about it. Geddy, his basses, his collection(s), their songs, their albums, their history, this book, it will all hit you when you get to that certain page and then it hits you hard; the realization that it really is the end. The end of many chapters.
Thanks Geddy for the amazing book! Thanks Rush for all you've done for everyone on this planet. You've left your mark and made the world a better place. The End.
My appreciation for bass players began with my discovery of Rush, and Geddy has caused it to spread a little farther. One can tell that this book was conceived and assembled in the same way any Rush album was; Geddy just did what he loved, produced something he himself would admire and then shared it with us.
This book (in its totality) is a piece of art. I can't imagine an equal level of appreciation and wonder could be earned from the kindle version. Get the real thing, the massive, real, heavy thing that is this book and get absorbed in the story of the bass.
Highly recommend the hardcover version. I bought it during presale for $40 but even at the $75 price on the back, it would have been a steal.
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Whether the actual subject is your cup of tea is another matter, but it definitely is mine.
I pre-ordered mine in January for eighteen pounds delivered and i was gobsmacked when i opened the box.
If you are a Rush fan you must consider buying this as its full of interesting information regarding a third of one of the most important Prog/Hard Rock bands that has ever existed.
Of particular interest to me was a run down of all the gear he used during his Rush years and the photographs the go with it.
The interviews i haven't got to yet but im sure they will be entertaining.
My only gripe is that more bass players were not included but some of them are long gone so not much can be done about that.
If you are a) a nerd, b) a Rush fan or c) a bass player im sure you will like this book very much.
Everyone else should perhaps not bother.
This book is so good I bought a second copy when Geddy Lee came to Glasgow to sign it.
Feels like real quality and worthy of a place on the coffee table as you’ll keep coming back to it.
It’s not a sit down page turner of a read. But it looks awesome on the coffee table and is an interesting read you can dip in and out off.