Leave it to author and guitar aficianado, Tony Bacon, to come up with a very cool book on vintage guitars with a 3D-ish orange and turquoise cover textured with a guitar sound hole and six string that readers can strum. One nice add would have been to embed some electronics so they were also a tuner, but then anyone who wants more from Tony’s tome might be considered greedy.
Representing an impressive collection of artists and anthems from throughout this same decade is the newly released, Guitar in the ’80s, tablature book from Hal Leonard.
The Kentucky-bred hard rockers in Black Stone Cherry have had their music blared from speakers large and small, toured relentlessly with the likes of Nickelback and Motörhead, and debuted at #1 on the UK rock chart with their sophomore release, 2008’s Folklore and Superstition.
Coming off of the explosive commercial success of their past two studio albums Paranoid and Master of Reality, the members of Black Sabbath were in the midst of a seemingly limitless creative stride.
Whether you plan to drop a few hints or you’re shopping for a fellow guitarist, we’ve found three great books to give and receive. Yes, Virginia, guitarists do read, or at least they like to look at pictures!
Clocking in at 190 pages, Rush: The Illustrated History from Martin Popoff is a worthy addition to the Voyageur Press line of illustrated books [previous installments have paid tribute to Zeppelin, Queen, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, and others].
I first came into contact with Walter Kolosky writings when reviewed his book “Follow Your Heart: John McLaughlin Song by Song.” After reading that book for the first time, I felt Kolosky’s undeniable love for the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s music.
AC/DC are widely considered as one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time. Their classic albums and chart topping tunes have proven to have stood the test of time, with such songs as “Back In Black”, “Highway To Hell”, and “Hells Bells” are more popular than they ever were back in the day.
Alex Lifeson’s momentous hard rock riffs, alongside the masterful percussion work of Neil Peart and instantly recognizable lead vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee, have appealed to millions of Rush fans for over three and a half decades.
Jazz Standards for Solo Guitar is the latest book release by Boston based guitarist, and Associate Professor at Berklee, John Stein. Containing 10 classic jazz standards arranged for solo guitar, this book uses detailed analysis and descriptions of each tune to go beyond simply presenting these charts to the reader to learn on their own. It is the analysis and accompanying CD, alongside the creative arrangements themselves, that makes this learning package a welcome addition to any guitarist’s practice room.