Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.6 in
Published: January 1, 2007
Publisher: Da Capo Press
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0306815141
ISBN - 13: 9780306815140
About the Book
Hodgkinson, a wannabe guitar player, embarks on an odyssey to discover why the guitar is an iconic instrument. Along the way, he chats with British folk legend Bert Jansch, ex-Smiths' guitarist Johnny Marr, reclusive folk guitar legend Davey Graham, and travels to the Deep South, looking for the spirit of Robert Johnson.
From the Publisher
The guitar is the iconic instrument of modern popular music. It is portable, it has history, and it will always be hip. But why has the guitar become such a classic? Will Hodgkinson, a wannabe guitar player, whose only experience was an afternoon''s bashing on a friend''s guitar at the age of sixteen, set out to find out. Along the way he hoped to teach himself a few chords too. His goal was to get good enough to play before a live audience in just six months--even if it threatened to drive his wife and family to the point of insanity. His trip becomes an odyssey: He chats with British folk legend Bert Jansch, ex-Smith''s guitarist Johnny Marr, and reclusive folk guitar legend Davey Graham, as well as Sufjan Stevens, PJ Harvey, and Cat Power''s chanteuse Chan Marshall. He travels to America and with a hurricane brewing visits Roger McGuinn from the Byrds. He travels to the Deep South, looking for the spirit of Robert Johnson, and drops in on T-Model Ford, an old bluesman living in Mississippi. Gloriously readable and highly amusing, Guitar Man is classic obsessional nonfiction for a nation of guitar freaks.