Guitar Gods: The 25 Players who Made Rock History

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ABC-CLIO, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 280 pages
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Meet rock and roll's party crashers. They are the guitar-wielding heroes who came into an established musical framework, rearranged the furniture, tipped over a few chairs, and ditched - leaving the stragglers to pick up the pieces. "Guitar Gods" showcases the 25 players who made the greatest impact on rock's long and winding history.

Meet rock and roll's party crashers. They are the guitar-wielding heroes who came into an established musical framework, rearranged the furniture, tipped over a few chairs, and ditched - leaving the stragglers to pick up the pieces. Chuck Berry, for example, the first guitar player to jumpstart rock and roll, left audience eyeballs in spirals when he blasted them with his patented Chuck Berry intro, a clarion call that served as rock and roll's reveille. A few years later, Jimi Hendrix, inspired in part by Chuck, made a lasting impression on rock and roll in so many ways, leaving us all in a purple haze, and sending guitar players scurrying to take a new look at their instruments. The ripple-like effect of Hendrix continues to this day.

"Guitar Gods" showcases the 25 players who made the greatest impact on rock and roll's long and winding history. All the players profiled in this book threw fans for a loop; their advancements in music left the genre in a different place than when they arrived.

 

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Seems informative enough, but then again, just from reading the "limited preview" I found a bunch of inaccuracies - in The Edge's profile, several of U2's albums are cited as having been released in the wrong years.

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At least this list included David Gilmour. Read full review

Contents

DARRELL ABBOTT
1
DUANE ALLMAN
11
JEFF BECK
21
CHUCK BERRY
31
ERIC CLAPTON
39
KURT COBAIN
49
THE EDGE
57
JOHN FRUSCIANTE
67
YNGWIE MALMSTEEN
141
JIMMY PAGE
151
RANDY RHOADS
161
KEITH RICHARDS
171
CARLOS SANTANA
181
SLASH
191
PETE TOWNSHEND
201
EDDIE VAN HALEN
213

JERRY GARCIA
79
DAVID GILMOUR
89
KIRK HAMMETT AND JAMES HETFIELD
99
GEORGE HARRISON
111
JIMI HENDRIX
121
TONY IOMMI
133
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
223
NEIL YOUNG
235
FRANK ZAPPA
247
BIBLIOGRAPHY
257
INDEX
267
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About the author (2009)

Bob Gulla is a professional writer and co-author of The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Rock History (2005) and Icons of R&B and Soul (2007).

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