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Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

by on Oct.21, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK BOOKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Softcover edition of ‘108 Rock Star Guitars’ book to be available November 11

Hal Leonard Books will release a softcover edition of '108 Rock Star Guitars' by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson on November 11. This exquisite book, originally issued as an embossed, red leatherette-bound hardcover in limited quantity that USA Today called, “…a monster of a coffee table book…” will now be available to a much wider audience at a more affordable retail price of $54.

Hailed as “impressive,” “jaw-dropping,” “masterpiece” and “elegant” by media and artists alike when it was released in October 2013, 108 Rock Star Guitars received widespread accolades for its overall design and the artistry of the images—up-close portraits of the cherished guitars belonging to some of the world’s most iconic players. American Photo magazine named it one of the “Best Photo Books of the Year” for 2013, while Brian Setzer called it, “The classiest guitar book I have ever seen.”

Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Dave Mustaine, Phil Collen, Carlos Santana, Jack White, Ronnie Wood, Lou Reed, Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, and Les Paul, who also wrote the foreword, are among the rock stars whose instruments are featured.

The softcover, with French flaps, includes many of the same features of the original book in a slightly smaller size (9×10.5”): 396 pages, 486 gorgeous color images, reproduced using a six-color printing process, on high quality paper, and cover art that replicates the hardcover’s award-winning design.

“I am thrilled that Hal Leonard, with its global distribution channels, will publish the softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars,” Johnson commented. “Even at a lower price, it was essential that this version maintained the style and beautiful quality of the hardcover edition, and I think anyone who sees this book will appreciate the care and detail that went into the new presentation.”

In 108 Rock Star Guitars, Johnson’s extreme close-up images capture the intimate details of her six-string subjects in a fresh and distinctive way revealing the beauty and art in these magnificent instruments, and giving insight into the personality of the musicians who play them. Additionally, she provides personal anecdotes describing her 17-year quest to photograph these guitars and documents her travels from the backstage hallways of some of the world’s most famous venues to the artists’ private homes.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of the softcover edition will benefit the Les Paul Foundation, which supports music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. Pre-order now at


Lisa S. Johnson grew up in an artistic family, where she fell in love with melody and imagery and pursued a career in photography. After a successful 10-year stint working at Eastman Kodak, she met the owner of a vintage guitar shop in Memphis, Tenn., and began exclusively photographing guitars. She lives in Las Vegas.


Les Paul was a guitar player, inventor, and recording artist, and an innovator throughout his career. In 1941, he built his first solid-body electric, helping shepherd into existence rock music as we know it. A pioneer whose name graces some of the most beloved six-strings ever manufactured, Paul died in Mahwah, N.J., where he had spent much of his life, in 2009 at the age of 94.


The mission of the Les Paul Foundation is to honor and share the life, spirit, and legacy of Les Paul by supporting music education, engineering and innovation as well as medical research. The foundation awards grants to music, music engineering and sound programs that serve youth, establishes music-related scholarships at schools and programs for students, provides grants for medical research and programs related to hearing impairment, and supports public exhibits displaying Les Paul’s life achievements.

Check out a few video clips with Lisa sharing her interactions with some of the guitars featured in this fabulous book!

Rock Star Guitars book

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Rock On the Talks: May 12-May 22

by on May.12, 2014, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS

Rock On the Talks: May 12-May 22

May 12 - Jack White with Neil Young - The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
May 12 - The Black Keys - Late Show With David Letterman
May 13 - Blondie - Good Morning America
May 13 - The Black Keys - The Colbert Report
May 14 - Santana - Live With Kelly & Micheal
May 14 - Blondie - The Daily Show
May 14 - Birds Of Satan - Jimmy Kimmel Live
May 14 - Keb Mo' - Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
May 16 - Royal Blood - Jimmy Kimmel Live
May 19 - Blondie - Live With Kelly & Micheal
May 19 - Adam Duritz & Counting Crows - Late Night With Seth Myers
May 22 - 2 Cellos - Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

Neil Young A Letter Hiome album cover

Jack White Lazaretto album cover

Black Keys Live on Letterman

Santana Corazon album cover

Blondie 2014

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Trailer released for upcoming Deep Purple tribute album ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head’

by on Aug.15, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Trailer released for upcoming Deep Purple tribute album ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head’

A three-minute trailer for for the new Deep Purple tribute album 'Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head' due for release on Sept. 25th from Eagle Rock Entertainment can be viewed below. The compilation CD features re-interpretations of classic DP songs from former band member Glenn Hughes, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, Black Label Society, Steve Vai, Carlos Santana, Joe Bonamassa and more.

'Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head' will be made available initially with Classic Rock magazine's upcoming Deep Purple fanpack on September 4th.  The fanpack will include a band-endorsed 124-page magazine with exclusive new interviews with guitarists Joe Bonamassa and Steve Vai and the members of Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, and more talking about recording these classic songs. There will also be brand new interviews with Deep Purple, with one of the last interviews with the late Jon Lord. Look for previously unpublished photographs and artifacts from the archives in the magazine as well.

After hearing of Jon Lord's passing, Glenn Hughes assembled some friends to cut 'Highway Star' as a tribute to his dear friend. Drummer Lars Ulrich of Metallica, who are also recording a song for the upcoming Ronnie James Dio tribute album, has previously said, "We were asked if we'd contribute to the anniversary of 'Machine Head' — we can't turn that down. We're circling the Dio and PURPLE catalogs and hopefully we'll come up with something that is worthy of these wonderful men."

'Re-Machined: A Tribute To Machine Head' track listing:

1. Smoke On The Water - Carlos Santana/Jacoby Shaddix
2. Highway Star - Chickenfoot
3. Maybe I'm A Leo - Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Luis Maldonado
4. Pictures Of Home - Black Label Society
5. Never Before - Kings Of Chaos (Joe Elliott, Steve Stevens, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Arlan Schierbaum)
6. Smoke On The Water - The Flaming Lips
7. Lazy - Jimmy Barnes, Joe Bonamassa
8. Space Truckin' - Iron Maiden
9. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica
10. Highway Star - Glenn Hughes, Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Lachlan Doley (exclusive track)

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Classic Rock magazine fanpack to include ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head’ CD

by on Jul.26, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Classic Rock magazine fanpack to include ‘Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head’ CD

The U.K.'s Classic Rock magazine will be releasing the Deep Purple tribute CD 'Re-Machined: A Tribute to Machine Head' as an upcoming Deep Purple Fanpack. 11 all new recordings of the band’s classic 1972 album performed by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, Carlos Santana & Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach, Black Label Society, Kings of Chaos, the Flaming Lips, Steve Vai, Jimmy Barnes & Joe Bonamassa plus Glenn Hughes & Chad Smith and more are a part of the project,to be published on September 4th.

The CD will be accompanied with an official, band-endorsed 124-page collectors magazine featuring exclusive interviews with Metallica, Maiden, Chickenfoot, Bonamassa and Vai. Deep Purple themselves also discuss the making of one of their best-loved releases, and provide access to exclusive and unpublished photos and artifacts from their archive.

The magazine also includes one of the last-ever interviews with keyboard icon Jon Lord, who died earlier this month. You can listen to a recent BBC Radio 4 interview with reclusive guitarist Ritchie Blackmore, who talked about his old band mate in glowing terms here:

Blackmore's told Radio 4's weekly obituary program that tells the life stories of those who have died recently, "I'd never heard an organist play that way before. Jon had a lot of flash to his playing, which I enjoyed. And, of course, he was such an amiable person too. There was no ego there. My favourite piece of his is on Hush; his organ solo on that is just unbelievable…"

Classic Rock magazine editor Geoff Barton is currently writing a lengthy piece about Jon Lord for the next edition of Classic Rock, but you can order the exclusive fanpack that includes the CD here:

Full tracklisting:
1. Smoke On The Water – Carlos Santana/Jacoby Shaddix
2. Highway Star – Chickenfoot
3. Maybe I’m A Leo – Glenn Hughes/Chad Smith
4. Pictures of Home – Black Label Society
5. Never Before – Kings of Chaos
6. Smoke On The Water – The Flaming Lips
7. Lazy – Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa
8. Space Truckin’ – Iron Maiden
9. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica
Special edition exclusive:
10. Highway Star – Steve Vai, Glenn Hughes, Chad Smith, Lauchlan Doley

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Metallica News: Watch Rock AM Ring Festival in Germany via free stream this weekend, ‘Birth School Metallica Death: Volume I’ autobiogaphy due in 2013, band member biopics


Metallica News: Watch Rock AM Ring Festival in Germany via free stream this weekend, ‘Birth School Metallica Death: Volume I’ autobiogaphy due in 2013, band member biopics

Metallica will be headlining the annual Rock AM Ring Festival in Nurburgring, Germany this Saturday, June 2, and you can watch it live via a free live stream. The band will be performing their 1991 self-titled album, known as 'The Black Album,' in its entirety. The twenty year old album features such classic tracks such as 'Enter Sandman,' 'Sad But True,' 'Nothing Else Matters' and 'The Unforgiven.'

The live concert stream will start at 3PM ET/12 PT this Saturday, June 2nd. Check it all out here: Metallica will also be performing 'The Black Album' in it's entirety along with ‘Ride The Lightning’ at their inaugural Orion Music + More Festival in Atlantic City,  N.J., on June 23rd & 24th.

Da Capo Press has announced a forthcoming two-volume biography of Metallica. 'Birth School Metallica Death: Volume I ' is slated for release in the fall of 2013, with the companion following a year later.

"Metallica's story is an epic narrative finally getting the same multi-book treatment as Elvis Presley, Charles Darwin, and several former Presidents," said editor Ben Schafer.

Authors Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood have reportedly based the books on more than 75 hours of interviews. They hung with the rockers in their natural habitat, compiling information for what figures to be a comprehensive look at the enduring metal outfit's long and storied career.

The first volume will chart the band's early years and end circa the 1988 album ...And Justice for All, their commercial breakthrough. The second installment tells the remainder of the story -- a period that, though not without its triumphs, includes the group's divisive latter-day records, drummer Lars Ulrich's battle with Napster and of course, the icky inter-band squabbling documented in the 2004 film "Some Kind of Monster."















Danish-born Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich plays Dutch documentarian Joris Ivens in the new HBO biopic 'Hemingway & Gelhorn,' which made it's TV debut Monday night (May 28). The movie has numerous airing upcoming, so check your listings.

Joris Ivens work chronicling the Spanish Civil War lured Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn to the Iberian Peninsula in the late 1930's. Hemingway and Gellhorn are played by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the biopic. Here's a recent USA Today article for more of Ulrich talking his latest movie role:

Another member of Metallica is involved in his own biopic. This from USA Today on May 24: If it sounds strange that a metal master is financing a movie about a jazz virtuoso, there's a thing or two you need to learn about Metallica's Robert Trujillo and the late bass ace Jaco Pastorius.

"Jaco was my hero growing up. Hearing him was like hearing Eddie Van Halen doing Eruption for the first time: You thought, 'What instrument is that?' " Trujillo says.

"I loved jazz fusion and branched out from there," he says. "But Jaco had an edge that far exceeded his jazz persona. He was funk, he was rock, he was soul. And his whole attitude was punk."

Tentatively titled Jaco, the documentary Trujillo took on two years ago is being directed by Stephen Kijak, who helmed 2010's Stones in Exile, about the Rolling Stones' creation of Exile on Main Street. Trujillo says he hopes to premiere the movie at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

"The film for me is from the heart," says Trujillo, who met his hero only once and had hoped to help Pastorius as he battled mental illness. "I wanted to rescue him, but I learned that Jaco didn't want to be rescued."

Pastorius died in 1987 from a beating suffered in a Florida bar's alley. He was bipolar and had wrestled with substance abuse. Although only 35 when he died, Pastorius already had revolutionized the electric bass with searing multi-note fusillades and delicate chord-based harmonics.

"Jaco was the Babe Ruth of the bass," says his biographer, Bill Milkowski. "His is an unbelievably fascinating story."

Befriending Pastorius' family, Trujillo obtained never-seen footage. And Pastorius' revered status among musicians "made it easy to get Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, (Carlos) Santana and (director) Mike Figgis to comment on his influence," Trujillo says.

So what made Pastorius so great? "Well, there's just sheer genius, of course," Trujillo says, shrugging. "But frankly, maybe his being bipolar helped him push past boundaries that are there for the rest of us. Because Jaco was nothing if not fearless."

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