Rock Hardware

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Paul Trynka, Tony Bacon
Hal Leonard Corporation, 1996 - Music - 144 pages
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(Book). In the 1950s, rock and roll was played on simple instruments with simple audio equipment. But today, rock music can be as technically complex as any Hollywood blockbuster. Rock Hardware uncovers how the instruments and technology of rock have evolved, giving new insight into the mechanics of rock music's most famous moments on stage and in the studio. The book explores the range of instrumental and technical choices, including acoustic guitars, electric guitars, basses, amps, drums and percussion, keyboards, electronic music, brass, woodwinds, live sound systems, and recording technology. An absorbing narrative and 200 striking color photos depict the design intricacies of classic and contemporary landmarks in rock's fascinating instrumental history. Rock Hardware gives today's musician an understanding of how to choose from the vast array of old and new instruments, and how to combine the tools and technology to create their own new milestones in rock history.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1928
Guitars Amps
1929
Keyboards
1953
Acoustic Guitar
1963
Synthesizers HiTech
1975
Brass Woodwind
1954
Live Sound
1964
Drums
1975
Bass Guitar
Recording and Production
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About the author (1996)

PAUL TRYNKA is a former editor of "Mojo" magazine. He has also been the editorial director of "Q" magazine, launch editor of "The Guitar Magazine," and editor-in-chief of New Projects at Emap. He is the author of "Portrait of the Blues" and of "Denim," a history of the fabric. He lives in Greenwich, London.

Tony Bacon (Bristol, England) is a leading writer on the guitar. His many books include "Million Dollar Les Paul", "Totally Guitar", "60 Years of Fender", and "The Bass Book".

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