Norman Harris can certainly lay claim to being one of the premier buyers and
sellers and of vintage guitars in the world. Since he founded Norman's Rare
Guitars in the San Fernando Valley, he has been responsible for providing
instruments for everyone from George Harrison and Tom Petty to Richie
Sambora and Bob Dylan.
Harris, as he reveals in his memoirs here, started dealing in vintage
instruments back in the 1970s when virtually no one else was interested in
them. He slowly gathered up a collection of extraordinary
instruments--perusing early editions of the newspaper and sometimes driving
for hours in search of the perfect guitar--and ultimately came to be known
as the man to go to if you wanted a pristine Gibson Les Paul or a
mindblowing Fender Stratocaster.
He talks about his life in the business as well as his own pursuits as a
musician. He writes about the guitars that got away and the ones that didn't--
and how he made some serious money along the way.
It's a fun book, and anyone who has ever yearned for one of these iconic
instruments can now read about the man who made a business out of finding
and selling them.