The Wall of Fame
Henry Goldrich & Holly Goldrich Schoenfeld
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The Wall of Fame: New York City's Legendary Manny's Music
Henry Goldrich & Holly Goldrich Schoenfeld
Hal Leonard
200 pages
January 2007
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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Manny's music store in New York was an extraordinarily important institution back in the Sixties. It was the place where everyone came to not only buy guitars and amplifiers, but it was a meeting ground for musicians to talk about gear, experiment with different pieces, and talk to knowledgeable salespeople.

Everyone shopped there, from Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Frank Zappa to Buddy Rich, Chet Atkins, and The Beatles. They were all there, and they all brought along photos - press photos, typically - that they signed. It wasn't long before Manny's walls were covered in these autographed shots. And with every pic there was a story, and The Wall of Fame not only shows us the shots but tells us the stories.

The Who: "Pete Townshend would come in to the store and just take a guitar off the wall and shout, 'Pay you later, see ya!'"

The Rolling Stones: "(They) came in in 1965 and I showed them the Gibson Maestro Fuzz-Tone which had just arrived. Mick Jagger said to me, 'I could put a hole in my speaker, get the same sound.' They tried it and they used it on 'Satisfaction.'"

The Beatles: "(They) really made the music business. They hung around for an hour or so the first time they came in, signed autographs, and purchased several thousand dollars worth of accessories. Ringo purchased every sort of drum gizmo there was."

There are dozens of similarly amazing anecdotes. There are 200 autographed phots and dozens of vintage ads from various instrument and accessory manufacturers like Fender, Rickenbacker, Gibson, and others.

It was a real community feel Manny's curried, and after reading the book and checking out the photos, you'll feel like you were there.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2007

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