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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 Picks of the Week: The Rolling Stones, Soundgarden, Stone Sour, Charm City Devils, Hinder, The Treatment

by on Dec.04, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK PICKS, VIDEO

Rock Picks of the Week: The Rolling Stones, Soundgarden, Stone Sour, Charm City Devils, Hinder, The Treatment

The Rolling Stones kick off Rock Picks of the Week with their new tracks from the 'Grrr!' Greatest Hits 1962-2012 collection. 'Doom and Gloom' and 'One More Shot' are both impressive new music returns from the icons of rock.

The band have released an impressive video clip for 'Doom and Gloom', which not only is musically relevant and a great representation of the Stones in 2012, it has a message behind the music for this day and age. The video even features zombies and some nudity...nice!It also features actress Noomi Rapace, who has starred in 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' 'Prometheus' and 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.'

'One More Shot' is the other new track from the 'Grrr!' Greatest Hits collection, and although it doesn't carry the same aggression as 'Doom and Gloom', it is still some great new Stones music.

The Stones has played the first two of five '50 and Counting' shows at the O2 Arena in London, being joined by former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, as well as Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Florence Welch and Mary J. Blige. The mini-tour continues with U.S. shows on Dec. 8th at Brooklyn's Barclay Center and Dec. 13th and 15th at Newark's Prudential Center. The Dec. 8th concert will feature guests Gary Clark Jr. and Mary J. Blige. The final concert will air live at 9pm ET as a pay-per-view special.

Soundgarden's first single, 'Been Away Too Long,' from their new album 'King Animal,' the long-awaited follow-up to 1996's 'Down on the Upside,' is a quality, solid lead track from the band we have all wanted new material from for so long. Soundgarden have released new material since reuniting in 2010, with retrospective disc 'Telephantasm' and last year's live release Live on I-5, as well as contributing the single 'Live To Rise' from the soundtrack for the 2012 blockbuster 'The Avengers,' but this is a true full-lengthed return from the Seattle rockers.

The intense video for 'Been Away Too Long' was directed by the bands’ art director Josh Graham and filmed in New York City at the iconic Abandon Palace. It's matches the track intensity, with a quality, compelling video in it's own right. The band have announced Winter 2013 North American tour dates including two-night engagements in New York City, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, as well as shows in Chicago, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Boston and Detroit. For the first time since the band reunited with their surprise show at the Showbox, they will also be playing 2 shows in their hometown of Seattle.

The always interesting and rocking Corey Taylor is back with the latest Stone Sour offering 'Absolute Zero' and 'Gone Sovereign' While 'Absolute Zero' has gone to #1 on the active rock charts in the U.S., the track is meant to be heard together with 'Gone Sovereign,' which has also charted on its own. Check out the video for the tracks together below.

The tracks come from the new album "House Of Gold And Bones - Part 1", the first half of Stone Sour's two-disc concept album. The second half is expected to be released in May.

Skid Row's Rachel Bolan plays bass on the album, and Taylor told The Pulse Of Radio how that came together. "I'm well-documented being a huge Skid Row fan. I can't remember who brought the name up, but I immediately was like, 'Dude, absolutely.' We knew somebody who had his number, so I called him and within 24 hours he was basically getting ready to do it. And he's just one of the coolest dudes on the planet and he schooled it. People are going to be very impressed by the bass playing." Bolan was unable to join Stone Sour on tour because of his previous commitments to Skid Row.

Stone Sour are touring Europe, and have dates booked into next June, but not U.S. dates have been scheduled as of yet. Let's hope we get some in the gaps of the Euro dates. Congrats on the #1 track Stone Sour!

Baltimore rockers Charm City Devils are back in rock picks with 'Unstoppable,' from their latest albums 'Sins.' The anthemic track is the follow up to the band's successful 'Man Of Constant Sorrow', and has already been used in pay-per-view WWE's 'No Way Out' and other sporting events and broadcasts. The road warriors continue with shows through December to wrap up one kick ass year, and will be ready to keep thier momentum going into 2013 with another single and more touring. Always wishing the best to Charm City Devils!

Oklahoma rockers Hinder are back with a new album just released on December 4th. 'Welcome To The Freakshow' is their fourth full-length and features the lead track 'Save Me.' The group, Austin Winkler (Vocals), Joe "Blower" Garvey (Guitar), Mark King (Guitar), Mike Rodden (Bass), and Hanson (Drums) have brought an agressive survivor track, telling us that they "don't need you to save me."

“It’s really personal,” reveals Hanson. “People will often judge you when they don’t know anything about you, and they’ll have some kind of bullshit salvation prepared for you. We don’t need somebody else to tell us what to do and how to change. We’ve lived more lives than the majority of the world. If we need to be saved, we can do it ourselves. We’ve figured that out by now.”

For Winkler, the song hits especially close to home. “I had just gotten out of rehab for drugs and alcohol and I revisited the song,” he confesses. “To me, it felt like I didn’t need anything negative like drugs. Those aren’t going to save me. I can save myself though.”

The band is rehearsing right now, getting ready for what is sure to be a 2013 on the road for the most part. The band kicks off their tour schedule with December shows in Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, making their way for east coast shows before year's end. Rock on Hinder!!

The Treatment are in rock picks this week with a song that has been out for awhile, buy has not gotten the exposure it deserves in the U.S. 'Nothing To Lose But Our Minds' is another great track from the young rockers, ranging in age from 19-22. I was a big fan of their track 'The Doctor' and this track reinforces my belief in the band. They remind me of a young Def Leppard, with a UFO and Thin Lizzy killer rock vibe to them. They were hand-picked by Nikki Sixx to open for Motley Crue and KISS on 'The Tour', which garnered them U.S. exposure and new fans. Drummer Dhani Mansworth, guitarists Ben Brookland and Tagore 'Tag' Grey, bass player Rick Newman (aka Swoggle) and vocalist Matt Jones are solid rock to the core, with an understanding and delivery of the great rockers that have come before them. I expect a continued influx of The Treatment in the U.S. and hope they come back for some extensive touring here in 2013. The next single from the band is 'Shake The Mountain' and I can say with certainty, it will be a rock pick before too long.

The Treatment are currently on a U.K. tour with Thin Lizzy, are will wrap up their touring year with a special headlining Christmas party show on Dec. 15th at Camden Underworld. Check out their latest cd 'This Might Hurt' for some quality rock! Cheers!


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The Rolling Stones deliver in first concert on ’50 Years and Counting’ mini-tour (video)

by on Nov.28, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

The Rolling Stones deliver in first concert on ’50 Years and Counting’ mini-tour (video)

The Rolling Stones will be back onstage tonight in London for the second of two shows at the O2 Arena, with special guests Eric Clapton and Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine. They will also be joined one again by former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor, who performed with them on Sunday night. At the kickoff of the '50 Years and Counting' mini-tour, the legends of rock delivered a 23-song set. Check out some of the best video of the show below.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts played on a stage shaped like their lips and tongue logo at the first of their five '50 And Counting' shows, with the lower lip made into a catwalk loop. The band were joined by former bassist Bill Wyman making his first appearance with the band since 1990 on 'It's Only Rock N' Roll (But I Like It) and 'Honkey Tonk Women,' and ex guitarist Mick Taylor on 'Midnight Rambler,' joining them for the first time since 1981.

Video testimonials from the likes of Pete Townshend, Elton John, Iggy Pop and Nick Cave kicked things off, with the set starting with 'I Wanna Be Your Man.' Mary J Blige made a guest appearance on 'Gimme Shelter,' then Jeff Beck hit the stage for a cover of St Louis Jimmy Oden’s track 'I’m Going Down.'The set also featured both new tracks 'One More Shot' and 'Doom And Gloom.'

The Stones encore consisted of 'Sympathy For The Devil,' 'You Can’t Always Get What You Want' and 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash,' with the London Youth Choir assisting on 'You Can't Always...'.

After the Stones play the O2 Arena tonight, they will make their way to the U.S. for gigs at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on December 8th and at Newark's Prudential Center on December 13th and 15th.

Setlist from Nov. 25th:

I Wanna Be Your Man
Get Off of My Cloud
It’s All Over Now
Paint It Black
Gimme Shelter
Wild Horses
All Down the Line
I’m Going Down
Out of Control
One More Shot
Doom and Gloom
It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
Honky Tonk Women
Before They Make Me Run
Midnight Rambler
Miss You
Start Me Up
Tumbling Dice
Brown Sugar

Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Jumpin’ Jack Flash


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New Jimi Hendrix book and Birthday exhibition

by on Jul.26, 2012, under LINKS, PHOTOS, ROCK NEWS

New Jimi Hendrix book and Birthday exhibition

A new exhibition marking what would have been the 70th birthday of Jimi Hendrix will join previous exhibitions in London that marked anniversaries for the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd at The Hospital Club starting tomorrow (July 27). 'Hear My Train a Comin’: Hendrix Hits London' focuses on the nine months between September 1966 and June 1967 when he went from relative unknown to a superstar of the U.K. music scene.

Original blues records, fan letters, clothing and rarely seen photographs of Jimi will comprise a collection of over 100 different items. The Hospital Club will host the exhibition from from July 27th until August 31st. There will also be a video exhibition featuring Jeff Beck, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Iggy Pop, Al Hendrix, Charles Shaar Murray, Ravi Shankar and Joey Ramone to discussing the legend of Hendrix. Get more details at: and see some photos from the exhibition here:

A 304-page hardcover book featuring photos and the handwritten lyrics from Jimi Hendrix will be released on November 13th by Backbeat Books.

The book was compiled by Hendrix’s sister Janie L. Hendrix, who is the CEO of the family-run company. Janie stated, “When I was a child, I was always fascinated by my brother Jimi’s handwriting. I remember the feeling of being captivated the first time I saw his handwritten lyrics, thinking how beautiful, how complicated both the writing and the words were on paper. Even now they offer such an insight into who my brother was and is.”

Much material is handwritten on items like hotel stationary, and has never been seen publicly. The book is expected to sell for about $40.

Bob Dylan‘s influence on Hendrix will be documented in the book, and in addition to well-known songs penned by Hendrix, one will find unpublished songs from the posthumous release ‘Valley of Neptune’ and other sources.


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Mick Jagger and Foo Fighters (a.k.a Chevy Metal) rock Saturday Night Live after party (video)

by on May.24, 2012, under FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Mick Jagger and Foo Fighters (a.k.a Chevy Metal) rock Saturday Night Live after party (video)

After the performances on this past weekend's season finale of 'Saturday Night Live,' guest host Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and the Foo Fighters kept the rock going at the going-away party for the cast and crew, with the Foos reactivating their cover band alter ego Chevy Metal.

Chevy Metal played a handful of rock favorites with past and present 'Saturday Night Live' cast members joining in on vocals.

Amy Poehler-led a rendition of Joan Jett's 'Bad Reputation.' Castmates Kristen Wiig, Jason Sudeikis and Andy Samberg (who are rumored to be leaving the show) rocked another Joan Jett classic, 'I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,' Will Forte rocked Black Sabbath's and then Jagger joined Chevy Metal on the Stones classics 'Miss You' and 'Bitch.' Check out the performances below along with clips of Jagger's appearance on 'Saturday Night Live.'

The cast party was the end of a busy day for the Foo Fighters, who headlined Bamboozle in Atlantic City earlier in the day before heading to New York to play the ‘SNL’ set.

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Here's Jagger's performances of 'The Last Time' with Arcade Fire, '19th Nervous Breakdown/It's Only Rock N' Roll' with the Foo Fighters and 'Tea Party' with Jeff Beck. The Stones hadn't performed 'The Last Time' and '19th Nervous Breakdown' in years. Check out some of the show's best moments, including an Jagger impersonation of Steven Tyler.

Jagger also led a touching send-off for SNL leading lady Kristen Wiig, who's leaving the show after seven years and did a last dance with her castmates to Arcade Fire backing Jagger on a rendition of 'She's A Rainbow.'

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