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My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians Paperback – September 1, 2012
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What I like most about Julia Crowe's book about how famous guitar players got started is the wide variety of guitarists she interviewed. There are metal heads, rock gods, flamenco artists, rockabilly icons, strictly classical players, blues masters, folkies, country guitarists, jazz musicians, even players who might be described as guitar parodists (when you think about it, Spinal Tap is a rock version of P.D.Q. Bach).
Julia Crowe has injected suspense into this book, interweaving the reminiscences of guitarists with the story of how she had to choose between her family and the people she was getting to know as a young but obviously very talented musician.
A characteristic of most of the interviewees is modesty, with the major exception of surf guitar legend Dick Dale.
Dick Dale on Dick Dale: "What I am is, a manipulator of an instrument. I climb inside an instrument, find its soul then make it scream with pain and pleasure."
And I wonder if Colonel Parker, Elvis Presley's eminence grise, was actually wearing a Confederate uniform when Dale was introduced to him. But it's a great story, and even though Dale's section of the book may be the longest, you wouldn't mind if it was longer.
Guitarists started playing for different reasons--Odair, one of the Assad brothers, did it for the chocolate he extorted from his father who wanted Odair to practice.
It's too bad there aren't more women represented, but it wasn't Julia Crowe's fault for overlooking them.Read more ›
In short, this book is for everyone. Densely packed with tidbits, yet a fast and very often, funny read!
Also, a thoughtful gift for those receiving their first guitar come christmas perhaps?
I find that the book is easy to read and most stories can be read within a few minutes, perfect for those without congruent time to sink into longer chapters. The author writes relaxed but intelligent prose and doesn't get in the way of the entertaining stories from both well-known artists and those that really should be more known, if only musical fame was solely based on skill and dedication to the instrument.
I also love the pictures from the artists' childhood. Not every story comes with one but I don't recall any pictures of guitarists as kids published in the guitar mags I have read in the past so each was new to me. The photos really drive home the stories of their first guitar, you get a real sense of how they started their musical adventure.
One reviewer on Amazon states "the problem for me was that unfortunately half of the people in the book I had never heard of." But I actually LIKE that fact and I am using this book to learn more about these guitarists, as I trust the author must have had a purpose for including them. With this book, Google, wikipedia.org, and an hour, I'll learn about more music and musicians that I would have any other way, at least in that short span of time.Read more ›
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Julia’s book, “My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords” provides inspiration to musicians which can be applied to any passion in life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ben Kirkland
Julia Crowe has compiled a sweet suite of seventy stories about guitars. Heavy hitters in rock, blues, flamenco, classical and country reminisce about their first guitars. Read morePublished 9 months ago by true britty
This book is an easy read, but not very entertaining. The focus is primarily on classical guitarist and an in-depth knowledge of the music and guitar makers would be helpful. Read morePublished 20 months ago by R. Jarman
I read this one via Audible.
Any guitar player would love this book. There are some great stories included, and the bits in between that the author puts in are as good... Read more
Hmmm what to say about this book? If you love guitars, all guitars and are fascinated by people who play and love guitars then the chances are that there are gems in here that you... Read morePublished on July 9, 2014 by AWM
I'm always on the lookout for another guitar book. This is a great book on my favorite musical instrument. Read morePublished on December 30, 2013 by Alan W Smith
I ordered this book for my husband and he is really enjoying it! He says that it is an easy read and he has been carrying it around and reading every chance he gets!Published on July 10, 2013 by Yolanda G. Flores