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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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New documenary on The Eagles to make premiere at Sundance Film Festival, followed by TV debut on Showtime next month

by on Jan.18, 2013, under ROCK NEWS

New documenary on The Eagles to make premiere at Sundance Film Festival, followed by TV debut on Showtime next month

The new Eagles documentary, 'History of the Eagles, Part One,' will premiere tomorrow (January 19) at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The premiere screening will happen at the Eccles Theatre at 9:30 p.m, with Eagles band members Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmidt and Joe Walsh expected to attend. Other screenings in different theaters will take place over the course of the festival. Variety has also reported that the movie will get its TV debut next month on the Showtime cable network and that a sequel documentary will be released before the end of 2013.

Director or 'History of the Eagles' Alison Ellwood told Variety the project came together with less difficulty than she expected.

"We thought that production would be more problematic than it was," she said. As an example, she mentioned the participation of the group's former guitarist Don Felder, who brought lawsuits against some of his ex-band mates after he was fired from the Eagles in 2001. "We weren't sure if [he] would agree to be interviewed," noted Ellwood, "but he sat down and offered a great deal of insight."

She said that singer/drummer Don Henley "requested some changes here and there, but [the band] really did give us the reins to tell the story."

Ellwood told Billboard, "Part one is from when the band began til its breakup. It goes back into the roots of Don (Henley) and Glenn (Frey) and what sparked the desire to become the band. Film two picks up with the solo careers and the band reuniting in 1994. There's quite a bit of Joe (Walsh) in 'Part Two.' It's almost the crux of the film."

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Have some Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding (video)

by on Dec.10, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Have some Alice Cooper Christmas Pudding (video)

Alice Cooper hosted his 12th Annual Christmas Pudding this past Saturday night (Dec. 8) at Comerica Theater in Phoenix, AZ. This year Alice was joined this year by special guests Johnny Depp, L.A. Guns, Don Felder of Eagles and Sebastian Bach. Proceeds from Christmas Pudding go to Alice Cooper's Solid Rock, a nonprofit organization founded by Alice dedicated to enriching the lives of teens through music, dance, and self expression. The primary goal of Alice Cooper's Solid Rock is to honor Jesus Christ by helping to meet the spiritual, economical, physical, and social needs of teenagers and children within their community.

Johnny Depp joined Alice's band on cover of 'Break On Through' by The Doors, 'Revolution' by The Beatles, 'Foxy Lady' by the Jimi Hendrix Experience classic and The Who's 'My Generation', as well as 'School's Out.' The grand finale featured an all-star jam on the seasonal 'Run, Rudolph, Run'.

At the mid-show auction. Two guitars signed by every performer on Saturday’s bill brought in $11,000 each for the Solid Rock Foundation. An autographed painting of Depp by “world’s fastest painter” Rock Demarco, including a chance to meet the famous actor brought in $27,000. A guitar signed by Depp and a chance to meet him also brought in another $20,000.

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New Eagles documentary celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary will premiere next month at Sundance Film Festival

by on Dec.06, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

New Eagles documentary celebrating the band’s 40th anniversary will premiere next month at Sundance Film Festival

The documentary celebrating the Eagles' 40th anniversary will premiere next month at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. 'History of the Eagles Part 1,' that documents the early history of the band, will get its debut screening on January 19th at the Eccles Theater in Park City, Utah.

The rock-doc will trace the group's story from the band's formation in the early 1970's to their initial breakup in 1980. All former and current band members, and many friends and musical associates, were interviewed for the documentary. The movie was directed by Alison Ellwood and produced by Alex Gibney, who won a Best Documentary Feature Oscar in 2008 for his work on 'Taxi to the Dark Side.'

Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey said in a statement: "For the last five years, and intensely this past year, we have been putting together this document of our history with Alex and Alison. We're all very pleased with the progress so far, and are excited to see the finished product at Sundance."

Guitarist Joe Walsh recently discussed his favorite period of the band's history that the movie covered with ABC News Radio, talking fondly about his early days with the group, following the release of 'Hotel California,' when the Eagles "were in a huge creative phase."

Walsh said, "All kinds of music got made in those days that's still around today. And to have been part of that chemistry and camaraderie, and that energy…is something that not all musicians get a chance to experience…Riding that wave, shall we say, was nothing but wonderful memories."

Former Eagles guitarist Don Felder, who sued the group after being fired back in 2001, also talked with ABC News Radio about his involvement in the film. "I got a call from my attorney who had heard from their attorney, and they had asked me to be involved in the documentary. And I thought it was only appropriate, after all the years and all the work that we had done together, that I went in and offered my appearance in the documentary. So we filmed for a day an interview that will be in the documentary."


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Rolling Stone names Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

by on Nov.27, 2011, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Rolling Stone names Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

Jimi Hendrix was named the greatest guitar player in history by Rolling Stone magazine in a list compiled by a panel of music experts and top guitar players.

"Jimi Hendrix exploded our idea of what rock music could be: He manipulated the guitar, the whammy bar, the studio and the stage," said Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello in the magazine, citing Hendrix's "Purple Haze" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" as key tracks.

The panel recruited to vote for their favorite guitar players included Tom Morello, Kirk Hammett (Metallica), Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Melissa Etheridge, Don Felder (The Eagles), David Fricke (Senior writer, Rolling Stone), Steve Cropper, Dave Davies (The Kinks), Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing editor, Rolling Stone), Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Lenny Kravitz, Robby Krieger (The Doors), Jon Landau (Manager), Alex Lifeson (Rush), Nils Lofgren (The E Street Band), Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe), Brian May (Queen), Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Robbie Robertson, Rich Robinson (The Black Crowes), Carlos Santana, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Derek Trucks, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Walsh, Nancy Wilson (Heart), Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Tom DeLonge (Blink-182), Rick Derringer, Warren Haynes (The Allman Brothers Band), and many more.

McCready called Eddie Van Halen "a master of riffs" and Joe Perry praised Jimmy Page's "vision of how to transcend the stereotypes of what the guitar can do."

Below is a list of some of the hard rockers in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."

1. Jimi Hendrix
3. Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
8. Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
24. Angus Young (AC/DC)
25. Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath)
36. Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne)
40. Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)
65. Slash (Guns N' Roses)
72. John Frusciante (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
73. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
87. James Hetfield (Metallica)
92. "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (Pantera)

Check out the complete list at

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