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One Long Tune: The Life and Music of Lenny Breau Hardcover – May, 2006
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I have only one small criticism. The pictures in the book are great but I would like to have seen more of them. But that's a minor point. This is the best biography on a musician I've ever read and anyone remotely interested in Lenny, jazz guitar or just a great story about a great artist who gave his whole life to his art needs to read this book.
Many passages of his sadder choices remind me of my life as a young guitar player/addict, and the friends and family I have lost to drugs and "domestic dysfunction," to put it politely. I felt my griefs and regrets again after finishing this book the other night. But I thank God/The Powers That Be that I made different choices and haven't been lost like that for over 15 years.
The descriptions of his music are fantastic, with critical but accurate reviews of his playing on his relatively few albums. I met the man once in 1978-79 at a guitar class taught by John Pisano at Los Angeles Valley College. I was probably in almost as bad shape as Lenny was back then. I wish he could have had a way out of his last, worst relationship, and survived. I miss him and still try to look for those players who knew him, picked up guitar lessons from him, or cite him as an influence.
A great but sad biography of a magnificent original the like of whom I don't expect to ever see again.
Ron Forbes-Robrts, who writes for GUITAR PLAYER Magazine, is the author of a detailed history of Breau, providing long overdue recognition to the guitarist and composer, who was devoted to teaching his innovative technique. His son, Chet, was his ardent student, and he now enjoys a rapt following as a guitar tezcher and leader of the Chet Breau Band. Bernard Stollman
Lenny Breau was the epitome of this. Especially in light of all the beautiful recordings recently released, on Guitarchives & others.
Listening to these recordings, while reading some of the incidents of Lenny's life, are hard to fathom how he could sink so low, self-esteem wise, as well as hitting rock-bottom chemically.
This was a sad, heart-wrenching read.