Touched by Magic
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Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story
Greg Prato
264 pages
December 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Tommy Bolin had all it took to become the next Eric Clapton - he played amazing guitar, wrote great songs, sang like a bird, and looked amazing. But long before he ever realized any big fame, he fell victim to drugs. On December 4, 1976, at age 25, Tommy Bolin died.

This is an oral history taken from musicians, producers, and friends who worked with and knew Bolin. They talk about the various bands/projects Bolin worked on, including the seminal Spectrum album with Billy Cobham; the solo albums Teaser and Private Eyes; the Deep Purple recordings Come Taste the Band and the live album Last Concert in Japan; and various other records.

It's a close-range look at one of the world's most gifted - and haunted - guitar players. Here, sound engineer Robert Ferbrache voices his memory:

"I remember going to his funeral and I did blow with this record exec. This guy wasn't surprised at all. He said, 'Tommy had a death wish; it was stamped on his forehead.'"
And that really sums it up. Tommy, indeed if you read this, didn't seem to care about life or the gift of creativity. He blew his mind out on cocaine and died well before his talent could be fully appreciated. A tragic book, but one well worth reading.

The book can be purchased at (sample chapter also available).

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at Steven Rosen, 2009

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