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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 www.amazon.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

ABOUT LES PAUL (FOREWORD)

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.

ABOUT THE LES PAUL FOUNDATION:

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. www.lespaulfoundation.org

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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The legendary Johnny Winter passes away at the age of 70

by on Jul.17, 2014, under ROCK NEWS

The legendary Johnny Winter passes away at the age of 70

Incredible sad news reported today as it was confirmed that Blues guitar legend Johnny Winter passed away at the age of 70 in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland. A brief statement released from spokesperson Carla Parisi read, "His wife, family and bandmates are all saddened by the loss of one of the world's finest guitarists."

Johnny's brother Edgar and his wife Monique posted the following:

"Hello all, My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart.

Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he's my brother--in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.

Blessings Peace & Love,
Edgar & Monique

Johnny Winter began his career at 10 years old with performances on children's TV shows in Texas. He started recording at age 15 and released his first album in 1968, then signed with Columbia Records and released his eponymous first album for the label in 1969. He played with his brother until Edgar left to form his own band in 1970, then with a band including Rick Derringer as "Johnny Winter And" and then continued recording solo albums. He produced three Grammy-winning albums for Muddy Waters and was nominated for several Grammys for his own albums.

Johnny was a pathfinder in turning a minority music from a forgotten age into a World force that helped to power a youth revolution. Johnny inspired a generation of 'roadhouse' rockers. After almost fifty years on the road, Winter played his last show this past Saturday in Austria. RIP Johnny and Thank You for all the joy you brought all of us. Your music will live on forever.

Winter's next studio album, "Step Back," will be released on September 2nd release by Megaforce Records. Guests on the offering including Eric Clapton, Joe Perry, Leslie West, Billy Gibbins, Brian Setzer, Dr. John and Ben Harper.

Johnny Winter RIP

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Eric Clapton’s ‘Unplugged’ album to get ‘Expanded and Remastered’ treatment

by on Sep.05, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS

Eric Clapton’s ‘Unplugged’ album to get ‘Expanded and Remastered’ treatment

Eric Clapton's 1992 ‘Unplugged’ album will soon get be reissued as ‘Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered,’ to be available on Oct. 15. The new 2-CD/DVD collection from Reprise Records includes a remastered version of the original album along with six unreleased outtakes on two CDs. The DVD features a newly restored version of the concert, as well as more than an hour of previously unseen footage from the rehearsal. A 2-CD only version without the DVD will also be available on the same dates.

Eric Clapton was already an acknowledged master of the electric guitar in January 1992 when he traded his signature Stratocaster for an acoustic Martin to record Unplugged. The live album captured the legendary guitarist, backed by a small band, performing acoustic versions of his own songs and several blues standards. Released later that same year, the album was an unqualified blockbuster, selling more than 19 million copies worldwide and earning six Grammy Awards, sweeping the top honors, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year.

For the original album’s 14 performances, Clapton reinterpreted songs from his rich catalog, including Layla — completely reimagined as a shuffle — from his time with Derek and the Dominos, Running On Faith and Old Love from 1989’s Journeyman, and the hit single Tears In Heaven, a song he wrote after the passing of his young son Conor the previous year. Much of the album showcases blues songs Clapton grew up listening to, like Bo Diddley’s Before You Accuse Me, Big Bill Broonzy’s Hey Hey, Leadbelly’s Alberta and Robert Johnson’s Malted Milk.

The second disc of UNPLUGGED: EXPANDED AND REMASTERED includes several songs not on the original album, such as a cover of Big Maceo Merriweather’s Worried Life Blues, an alternate take of Walkin’ Blues and early versions of Circus and My Father’s Eyes — songs that would surface six years later on Clapton’s album Pilgrim.

The DVD included in this collection contains a newly restored version of the original broadcast, which aired August 25, 1992 on MTV. For the first time ever, fans will also have the opportunity to see more than an hour of unreleased footage recorded during the pre-show rehearsal. Filmed from multiple camera angles, it features an intimate look at Clapton and the band working on arrangements and running through 14 songs, including Circus and My Father’s Eyes, which were not featured in the final broadcast.

Track Listing:
Disc One
1. Signe
2. Before You Accuse Me
3. Hey Hey
4. Tears in Heaven
5. Lonely Stranger
6. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
7. Layla
8. Running on Faith
9. Walkin’ Blues
10. Alberta
11. San Francisco Bay Blues
12. Malted Milk
13. Old Love
14. Rollin’ & Tumblin

Disc Two
1. Circus
2. My Father’s Eyes (Take 1)
3. Running On Faith (Take 1)
4. Walkin’ Blues (Take 1)
5. My Father’s Eyes (Take 2)
6. Worried Life Blues

DVD Rehearsal Track List
1. Signe
2. Before You Accuse Me
3. Hey Hey
4. Tears In Heaven
5. Circus
6. Lonely Stranger
7. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
8. Layla
9. My Father’s Eyes
10. Running on Faith
11. Walkin’ Blues
12. Alberta
13. San Francisco Bay Blues
14. Malted Milk

Eric Clapton Unplugged Reprise Records reissue

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Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 is coming to a theater near you (video)

by on Jul.16, 2013, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 is coming to a theater near you (video)

NCM Fathom Events and Crossroad Concerts, LLC invite you to experience the best performances from this year’s legendary guitar festival when Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013 arrives in select cinemas nationwide for a special one night event on Tuesday, August 13 at 7:30pm!

Captured across two nights at Madison Square Garden, the Crossroads Guitar Festival offers a variety of legendary guitarists performing a mix of sultry blues, classic rock and country jams. While Madison Square Garden is an epic arena, the concert remains intimate as Clapton and others collaborate on a sampling of the greatest hits of their careers. Held to benefit Crossroads Centre, a drug treatment and education facility in Antigua founded by Clapton, each concert has become a jam session of Clapton’s closest friends and music’s biggest stars – where anything can unfold onstage. In fact, this year’s concert welcomed an impromptu visit from Keith Richards. A full list of participating artists can be found above.

In addition to legendary guitar performances, cinema audiences will be treated to exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from this year’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. You won’t want to miss your chance to see the past, the present and the future come together for an unparalleled musical event!

Performing Artists: Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes

Get tickets, more details and find a theater near you at www.fathomevents.com

Eric Clapton Crossroads in theaters Aug 13

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Rock Picks of the Week: Sound City Players with Stevie Nicks, Eric Clapton, Anthrax, Red, Taddy Porter, Free Fall

by on Mar.16, 2013, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: Sound City Players with Stevie Nicks, Eric Clapton, Anthrax, Red, Taddy Porter, Free Fall

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac has been keeping extremely busy as she readies the return of Fleetwood Mac, as a key member of Dave Grohl‘s Sound City Players. Nicks has already performed multiple times with the band, including a show and a speaking engagement at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas.

Nicks will spoke on March 15th in the Austin Convention Center, and her Sound City compadre Grohl was the keynote speaker this year at SXSW, and was joined by Nicks, John Fogerty, Lee Ving of Fear, Rick Nielsen, Rick Springfield, Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and more at a concert held at the rock hall Stubbs. The Meat Puppets will opened the show.

The Sound City Players track with Stevie from the 'Sound City: Reel To Real' soundtrack quite possibly may be my favorite track on the album. 'You Can’t Fix This' is a haunting, emotional track that features the finest vocal by Stevie that I've heard in a long time. They performed the track on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' last month as well, which you can watch below.

In addition to appearing in that film, Nicks recently produced her own documentary called 'In Your Dreams,' and ten days after her speaking engagement, Nicks' interview with Oprah Winfrey will air on the OWN Network. That episode has already been taped, and it’s expected that Nicks will speak candidly about her history with drugs. On April 4th Fleetwood Mac will begin their 2013 North American tour in Columbus, Ohio. They’ll play 34 dates this spring and summer. Stevie and the band are expected to release at least two new songs, in hopes for inclusin on a new Fleetwood Mac album if the response the the new tracks is positive. If they sound half as good as this song, that is a no-brainer.

Sound City Real to Reel album cover

Eric Clapton's 21st solo studio album 'Old Sock', features his take on 10 of his favorite songs from throughout his life, along with two new tunes. The album features guest artists Paul McCartney, Chaka Khan, Steve Winwood, J.J. Cale and Taj Mahal. The album was released on March 12th.

Clapton covers the reggae flavored 'Further on Down the Road,' by Taj Mahal, shows off his slide-guitar skills on a version of Leadbelly’s 'Goodnight Irene', honkey-tonks it up on the country standard 'Born to Lose' and covers a vintage show tune on 1937's Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein ballad 'The Folks Who Live on the Hill.' The Gershwin Brothers 'Our Love Is Here to Stay' gets the slowhand treatment, with Steve Winwood's Hammond B3 Organ joining in on the cover of Gary Moore's 'Still Got the Blues,' with Peter Tosh's 'Till Your Well Runs Dry' covered as well.

Two Clapton originals, 'Angel', and one of the rock pick of the week 'Gotta Get Over,' round out the album. 'Gotta Get Over' is a solid original, bringing the classic Clapton sound back for us to enjoy. It's a great track from one of the all-timers!

'Old Sock' track listing
1. Further On Down The Road
2. Angel
3. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
4. Gotta Get Over
5. Till Your Well Runs Dry
6. All Of Me
7. Born To Lose
8. Still Got The Blues
9. Goodnight Irene
10. Your One and Only Man
11. Every Little Thing
12. Our Love Is Here To Stay

Clapton is getting ready to head out on the road for U.S. leg of his 2013 concert tour. It kicks off Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona. Then, EC heads to Texas for dates in Austin, Houston and Dallas followed by 10 more U.S. cities.

 

The Anthrax eight-track E.P. 'Anthems' that pays tribute to the classic songs by some of the band's favorite acts from the 1970s, will be released in North America on March 19th (MRI/Megaforce), and on March 22th in Europe (Nuclear Blast). The band's versions of Rush's 'Anthem' and AC/DC's 'T.N.T' are both in Rock Picks this week.

"Anthems" track listing
1. Anthem (Rush)
2. Jailbreak (Thin Lizzy)
3. TNT (AC/DC)
4. Smokin' (Boston)
5. Big Eyes (Cheap Trick)
6. Keep On Runnin' (Journey)
7. Crawl (album version)
8. Crawl (special remix)

Joey Belladonna said about the E.P., "These are all bands I grew up with and have listened to forever. It's just great music. I had fun singing these songs and I was happy recording together with ANTHRAX, doing classic rock songs. Fun stuff!"

The band paid particular attention to the cover of Rush's "Anthem" in order to recreate the nuances of the original song.

"I have to get every little part of Geddy (Lee) down, 'cause I'm a fanatic with that stuff, and I have to," bassist Frank Bello said. "It's great. I love it."

Added Scott: "Charlie bumped into Neil Peart at the (Revolver) Golden Gods Awards a few months ago, and Neil actually said to Charlie, 'Yeah, we heard you guys are covering 'Anthem'. That's so cool. We put the clip of you playing drums [to the song] up on our web site.' And Charlie, I swear to God, he was like, the light, the glow that was coming off him after that was… I'd never seen anything quite like it."

Drummer Charlie Benante told Loudwire, "Back in the day, when we would do encores we would play AC/DC’s ‘Whole Lotta Rosie.’ We never recorded it back then, but when we were in the studio making ‘Worship Music,’ we decided we wanted to. But [singer] Joey [Belladonna] really wanted to do 'T.N.T.' He felt it was more in his style, and he knew the song backwards and forwards, so we recorded that, and it’s great. We recorded the track in Chicago and in Los Angeles [and] the sessions were really easy, felt really good. The thing about ‘T.N.T.’ for me is that there’s not a lot of drumming on it. So the challenge for me was to not go crazy with fills, but to pay tribute to the original recording, and keep it AC/DC."

'Anthems' was produced by Anthrax with Jay Ruston and former guitarist Rob Caggiano and recorded throughout 2012 at Benante's home studio, in Ruston's New York studio, on the band's tour bus while on last summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, in hotel rooms, and backstage at their Berlin show last December.

The 'Anthems' E.P. will be available on CD and digitally via iTunes and other online retailers. Benante and artist Stephen Thompson have redesigned each track's original album cover art to "Anthrax" it. The "Anthems" EP will first be housed in one of the "re-imagined" digipak covers, and then inserted inside the main CD cover sleeve. The main cover sleeve has been designed in such a way so fans will be able to see which one of the six "re-imagined" covers is inside.

Anthrax will continue touring North America on the Metal Alliance Tour kicking back off on March 22nd. For all of these dates, the band will be joined by Shadows Fall guitarist Jon Donais.


Anthrax Anthems album cover

RED’s latest album ‘Release the Panic’ was recently unleashed and hit the Top 10 on the Billboard album chart in its debut week. The disc, which features the hit single ‘Perfect Life,’ marks the first time the band has worked with producer Howard Benson (Halestorm, Papa Roach, P.O.D.). The song impacts immediately and doesn't let up, showing great musicianship and a band on the brink for a major step up in exposure.

The band is also in the midst of Winter Jam Tour 2013, an annual Christian music festival featuring artists in many different genres. After that tour wraps up, they plan on embarking on a headlining run in April.

 

Stillwater, Oklahoma band Taddy Porter are back with the follow up to their self-titled debut from 2010, which was a favorite of mine. The band just released their sophomore album 'Stay Golden' and show a positive progression, while maintaining the esscence of what they are about....great Rock N' Roll.

In talking about the title of the new album, singer and guitarist Andy Brewer recently said, “We wanted the title to pay homage to Oklahoma because it’s our collective home. At the same time, it gives a broader idea of our view on life and nods to that line in The Outsiders, ‘Stay gold, Ponyboy.’ It’s about holding on to your innocence and optimism. You’ve got to stay golden in the face of life’s curveballs, and stay true to yourself. As a band, that’s was our singular goal when we set out to make this album. We needed to remain true to the music we want to make.”

The fantastic first single, 'Fever' follows the guys to the beach surrounded by beautiful ladies "It’s an observation of an untouchable girl who can’t get enough of the nightlife,” reveals the vocalist. “You want her, but you can’t have her. While she’s sexy and has everything that will make you go crazy, she’ll never let you get close enough to figure her out. You can’t get enough of her, and you’ve got the fever.”

I got the fever! Taddy Porter just played 5 gigs surrounding SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas this week, followed by a month long tour that will wrap on April 10th in Seattle, Washington.


Taddy Porter Fever single coverTaddy Porter Stay Golden album coverTaddy Porter 2013

Swedish rock band Free Fall make their first appearance in rock picks. I really like the straight ahead rock sound and vibe of this band. Free Fall features guitarist Mattias Bärjed (Soundtrack Of Our Lives) and drummer Ludwig Dahlberg (THE [International] Noise Conspiracy)

The band's bio:
As far as a musical direction there was a clear intention to sound like a mix between early Van Halen, the Stooges and the WHO. Other obvious influences on the band would be rock classics such as Led Zeppelin, UFO, AC/DC and Judas Priest to name a few. First in line to join the band was long time friend and bass wizard Jan Martens, who was joint shortly there after by drummer Ludwig Dahlberg (International Noise conspiracy).
The final, last and very vital piece of the Free Fall puzzle was to find a lead vocalist. And not just any vocalist - but a guy that could deliver the very high standard closing in on over the top vocals that the band was looking for to front Free Fall. The word hit the streets that the band was looking – for a vocalist in the school of Steve Marriot and Bon Scott – and after some time help was found from Mattias and Ludwigs long time friend and producer Don Alsterberg (Graveyard, José Gonzales etc).
Don claimed that he knew a guy called Kim from his hometown – that he was close to sure was the right guy for the job. Kim Fransson showed up at rehearsals, the band jammed a couple of songs and the rest will be history. After signing a deal with Nuclear blast the band went into Studio Cobra in Stockholm and have together with producer, engineer and mixer Martin Ehrencrona recorded an album that will show the world what Free Fall and their Freedom rock is all about. - Power and volume

"World Domination" comes off Free Fall's debut album, 'Power & Volume', which was released on February 22 via Nuclear Blast Records.

'Power & Volume' track listing:
1. Power & Volume
2. Free Fall
3. Midnight Vulture
4. Top Of The World
5. Attila
6. World Domination
7. Love Bombing
8. Damnation
9. Meriola Blues
10. Meat

Bonus:
11. Change Coming
12. Yeah!!!

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