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Book Review: 108 Rock Star Guitars

Book Title: 108 Rock Star Guitars
Photographer/Author:Lisa S. Johnson
Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: Hal Leonard Books; Reprint edition (November 11, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1480391476
ISBN-13: 978-1480391475
Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.1 x 10.5 inches

At this time last year I had the pleasure of receiving, reading and reviewing the coffee table book 108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa Johnson. The hardcover version is gorgeous and a real keeper. Now it is available in a beautiful paperback edition. The list price is $54.00 however Amazon.com has it for $34.56 currently and that is steal for what you get in return.

One question about this book that may arise the first time you see it is why 108 Rock Star Guitars? The belief in numbers and combinations of numbers has a long history back to the early times of mankind. They hold spiritual and cosmic meaning. Dependent on your own beliefs or research you may have done this may or may not apply in your life.

To get to the point, this is a book about guitar players in the world of rock. The author and photographer isLisa S. Johnson, who spent the last 17 years compiling all the intimate photos and stories behind each musician and their six strings. The pictures presented are jaw dropping accounts of well-known performers in the industry.

With these detailed and striking photographs each guitar becomes an extension of every individual musician’s body and soul. The end result of the images and words gives a unique personality not to only the musician but the guitar itself. The beauty in the pictures is all the nicks, scratches, and wear and tear. With all the warts you get the story of how the instruments matured into what you are witnessing. 

This is a work of commitment, love and devotion beyond compare. It is a book about music that should not be missed. If you play guitar or are thinking about it, this will inspire and fascinate you endlessly.

From legends like Eric Clapton to Slash, you get much more than the visuals you get the story in their own words on some of the most famous guitars to ever grace a stage. 

Tis’ the season and I you now have a reason to give the gift of music.

Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck-Founder Write A Music Review, Prog Rock Music Talk, New Age Music Reviews, Rate The Tracks

November 25, 2014

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