Rock & Roll Archaeologist: How I Chased Down Kurt's Stratocaster, the "Layla" Guitar, and Janis's Boa

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Sasquatch Books, Jan 1, 2005 - Music - 207 pages
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Dubbed the "Indiana Jones of Rock 'n' Roll" by Seattle’s The Rocket, Peter Blecha’s life reads like a dream come true. From an adolescence spent hoarding 45s, he turned an obsession with music memorabilia into an amazing career, amassing an astonishing collection of rock-and-roll artifacts while hobnobbing with music industry bigwigs and helping to establish a world-famous museum. Here Blecha recounts his favorite adventures in the field, from porchside interviews with Jimi Hendrix’s father to haggling with Courtney Love for Kurt Cobain mementos to a tense auction battle for Eric Clapton’s “Layla” guitar. The book also relates his involvement with Microsoft mogul Paul Allen’s quest to build a gallery devoted to Jimi Hendrix, which, with Blecha’s help, eventually became the renowned Experience Music Project. Blecha’s story is a unique celebration of fandom taken to obsessive lengths, culminating in a lifetime of incredible experiences — and a basement overflowing with the stuff rock-and-roll dreams are made of.

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This is the true story of how fanatical music memorabilia and record collector Blecha (Taboo Tunes ) parlayed his passion into a dream job at the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle. Part 1 of ... Read full review



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Musician and music historian Peter Blecha has researched the Northwestas music for over two decades. As senior curator with Seattleas Experience Music Project (EMP), he developed such exhibits as the Northwest Passage local history gallery and the Jimi Hendrix gallery. Blecha has been acknowledged as athe premier expert in his chosen fielda and aSeattleas Curator of Rock & Rolla (Seattle Weekly, 1988), athe leading expert on Northwest musica (Vintage Guitar, 2000), and even athe Indiana Jones of Rock ana Rolla (The Rocket, 2000).

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