108 Rock Star Guitars
Lisa S. Johnson
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108 Rock Star Guitars
Lisa S. Johnson
Glitterati Incorporated
Hardcover
396 pages
October 2013
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Johnson's book of guitar photographs is as much about the form as it is the content. The images are highly stylized close-ups and necks vanishing into obscurity and strings set askew as to create modern art. But the subject here is the guitar, and photographer Lisa S. Johnson has done an impressive job of collecting together instruments from 108 of the most iconic and celebrated musicians ever to lay hands on six-strings.

There are photographs here of guitars owned by Eric Clapton, Michael Schenker, Jeff Beck, Mick Ronson, Don Felder and 103 others. The book took 15 years to complete, and it's not surprising why it required such a lengthy odyssey. Coordinating schedules with musicians and managers and showing up at clubs and being allowed access to practice rooms where instruments are kept prior to performances takes a lot of phone calls, texting, and simple dumb luck.

The 13.3" x 11.4" book weighs in at a staggering 8.5 pounds. The paper, the binding, the graphics and the print are all stunning. This is worthy of any coffee table, but just make sure when your friends finish looking through and being amazed by it, they don't ask to borrow it for their own coffee table--because it's not coming back.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2014

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