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Stars and Their Guitars: A History of the Electric Guitar

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GUITARS AND THEIR STARS spotlights the development and history of the classic electric guitar as well as the players that made them famous. Spanning a multitude of genres including rock, blues, rockabilly, country, hard rock, punk, and more, this feature will provide the first in-depth look at the six-string's immeasurable impact on society and culture.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Elliot Easton, Al Jardine, B.B. King, Roger McGuinn, Les Paul
  • Directors: Kent Hagen
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Passport
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001C0I5YU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,727 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Caught a sneak peek of this documentary at a film festival in Boston last week, and must say I was thoroughly entertained. I'm not a guitar player myself, but enjoyed it all the same. Was especially cool seeing such a variety of famous guitar players (Bo Diddley, Slash, and my fav--Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols) talking about the people and music that inspired them to pick up the electric guitar. Was informative, with segments devoted to the various guitar types (Les Paul, Gretch, Rickenbacker, etc.) Would have liked to see a bit more concert footage, but was a good documentary overall.
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Riveting! This documentary is awesome. It's first one I've seen that isn't about Rock `n Roll itself or about a particular artist. It's about the electric guitar - about Fenders, Gibsons, Gretschs, Rickenbackers and more. The guitars are familiar to all of us in the same way that Chevys and Fords are. They are part of our culture; part of who we are as baby boomers. You don't have to be a musician to appreciate this. Most of the artists describe that moment so many of us have experienced - seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan in 1964 - opening the big box under the Christmas Tree in 1965, then disappearing into the bedroom to work out the lead solo to "Gloria" - starting a band in the 8th grade and KNOWING this is what you want to do the rest of your life.... They talk about something I have been so interested in - they talk about THEIR stuff, and how they first became smitten with music and these oh so sexy electric guitars. The interviews are fascinating; the presentation flows so well from recent interview to vintage clip and back again. Awesome job, Kent Hagen !!
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Rock, popular, jazz and country music lovers in general -- and musicians who play those genres in particular -- will enjoy this in-depth look at the key instrument behind them all. Touching and revealing interviews with renowned guitarists are mixed with archival footage of guitar greats -- some well known, some obscure but influential nonetheless -- and with behind-the-scenes tours and histories of the Gibson, Fender and Rickenbacker manufacturing facilities. It's thorough, well-paced and well-organized and warrants repeated viewings.
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We watched the entire 155 minute main feature in one sitting and when it was over we couldn't believe it--I guess time flies when you're having fun! Lots of well-paced and interesting historical information and interviews-- our attention never wavered. Cool both for musicians as well as anyone who loves the best in guitar-oriented music from the 50's, 60's and 70's.

Mike Doughton
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