My First Guitar
Julia Crowe
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My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians
Julia Crowe
ECW Press
Paperback
368 pages
September 2012
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It is a question that's been asked by rock critics of the artists sitting across from them since rock 'n' roll journalism first began: "What was your first guitar?" Julia Crowe has had the good sense to create an entire book based on that single question, which she posed to 70 different guitarists--among others Jimmy Page, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather, Alex Lifeson, Les Paul and Joe Satriani. Many lesser-known names also here; you may never have heard of them, but still their stories are illuminating.

The biggest name here is Jimmy Page, and it's an undeniable coup that she was able to get him to participate. The strange thing is he talks about his first guitar but never names it. In fact, it was a Grazioso (this writer interviewed Jimmy Page and he related this fact). Still, it's fun to hear Page talk about his early instruments.

Pat Metheny talks about his Gibson ES-140, Steve Vai his red Teisco del Rey, and Johnny Lang an actual Fender Telecaster. Their tales are heartwarming and memorable, and if you've never picked up a guitar before, you will after reading this.



Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2013

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