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Three distinct performers add texture to these first-person recollections: Ralph Lister (film and television actor), L. J. Ganser (winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards), and Lisa Friedman-York (who is the mature voice of Crowe herself). Each chapter has a brief but helpful introduction to the musician's style.
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By tru britty on 07-26-15
The first love is always the sweetest
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. And if you don't get nostalgic, you've never been in love before.
I knew this was going to be a good read when Andy Summers, guitarist for the Police, provided the foreword. Then Crowe took up the tale of how this book came together.
Her quest took her to London to visit the elusive Jimmy Page, only to be told he was unavailable. And the author had just sunk her last borrowed dime on this trip. She is told to go to a coffeeshop where Page may or may not show?
Will she get the interview? You have to stick around to the last chapter to find out. But the seventy stories stacked in between make you want to run out and drool over a Gretsch or your ax of choice.
The guitarists give their stories in their own words. That's why there is more than one narrator to provide voices for this varied asemblage. Crowe scored interviews with big names and lesser knowns with a huge impact, and you don't have to know anything about guitars or care to understand these tales of first guitars and finding one's path in life.
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