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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!



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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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The National Guitar Museum names Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath to board of advisors

by on Dec.20, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

The National Guitar Museum names Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath to board of advisors

The National Guitar Museum (NGM), the first museum dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of the world's most popular instrument, has announced that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has joined the museum's board of advisors. As an advisor to the National Guitar Museum, Iommi will add his insight and experience to the museum's mission to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar.

"I welcome the opportunity to be part of the National Guitar Museum's goal to highlight the history of the guitar — the instrument that has been part of my life since I was a teenager," said Iommi. "There is so much more to the guitar than six strings and a slab of wood. Everything about it is fascinating, from how it is crafted to the legion of people who have played it."

"Tony is one of the most important rock guitarists to ever pick up the instrument," stated HP Newquist, executive director of the NGM. "His guitar playing has defined the sound of heavy metal for more than four decades, and he has influenced countless thousands — if not millions — of players. Tony's also had a huge affect on the instrument itself, from establishing the Gibson SG as an iconic guitar on to his own innovations in pushing the boundaries of string and pickup technology."

Iommi joins guitarists Steve Howe, Steve Vai, Johnny Winter, Liona Boyd, Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Bonamassa, Pat Kirtley and Pete Huttlinger and others on the board.

The National Guitar Museum, LLC is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the history, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar. Its touring exhibition, "Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World", is travelling to 20 cities over the next five years. At the completion of the tour, one city will be selected as the permanent home of the National Guitar Museum.

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Holy Shat! Check out the greatness of Shatner in new video for “Bohemian Rhapsody”

by on Oct.20, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Holy Shat! Check out the greatness of Shatner in new video for “Bohemian Rhapsody”

Holy Shat! The greatness of Shatner shines through in the new video from the ex-Captain Kirk. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" gets the distinctive sing-speaking treatment in this awesome version. The song comes off of William Shatner's new space themed covers album, "Seeking Major Tom." The 20-track album also includes Shatner's classic "Rocket Man," as well as Black Sabbath's "Iron Man," David Bowie's "Space Oddity," and more, with guests ranging from Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Paice, Micheal Schenker, Zakk Wylde and Mike Inez to Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Johnny Winter, Carmine Appice, Dave Davies, Wayne Kramer and John Wetton.

Two teens are stargazing in a field when something appears in the sky. It's the mouth and face of none other than William Shatner.

"Holy--" the girl says. "Shatner." finishes the boy.

Constellations appear and accompany Shatner with the song, gliding across the screen. The lyrics appear in block letters below his face, keeping the stars and galaxys company, while helping fill the screen.

The kids eventually get a copy of the new CD as it hits the earth in a giant fireball. Holy Shatner!

Former Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde guests on the cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man". Check it out if you haven't heard this one yet:


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Tracklist:
1. Major Tom (feat. The Strokes' Nick Valensi and Zakk Wylde on guitar and and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains) on bass)
2. Space Oddity (David Bowie) feat. Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple) on guitar and Alan Parsons on keyboards)
3. In a Little While (U2) (feat. Manuel Göttsching from Ash Ra Tempel on guitar)
4. Space Cowboy (Steve Miller) (feat. Brad Paisley on guitar and vocals)
5. Space Truckin' (Deep Purple) (feat. Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and Johnny Winter on guitar)
6. Rocket Man (Elton John) (feat. Steve Hillage (ex-Gong member) on guitar)
7. She Blinded Me With Science (Thomas Dolby) (feat. Bootsy Collins on bass and Patrick Moraz (ex-Yes and Moody Blues) on keyboards/synth)
8. Walking on the Moon (The Police) (feat. Toots (Toots & the Maytals) on vocals)
9. Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum) (feat. Peter Frampton on guitar)
10. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) (feat. John Wetton (Asia) on bass and vocals)
11. Silver Machine (Hawkwind) (feat .Wayne Kramer (MC5) on guitar and Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge/Rod Stewart/King Kobra/Blue Murder) on drums)
12. Mrs. Major Tom (feat. Sheryl Crow)
13. Empty Glass (The Tea Party) (feat. Michael Schenker (UFO/Scorpions/MSG) on guitar)
14. Lost in the Stars (Frank Sinatra version) (feat. Ernie Watts on saxophone)
15. Learning to Fly (Pink Floyd) (feat. Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) on guitar and keyboards)
16. Mr. Spaceman (The Byrds) (feat. Dave Davies (The Kinks) on guitar)
17. Twilight Zone (Golden Earring) (feat. Warren Haynes (Gov't Mule/Allman Brothers) on guitar)
18. Struggle
19. Iron Man (Black Sabbath) (feat. Zakk Wylde on guitar and vocals)
20. Planet Earth (Duran Duran) (feat. Steve Howe (Yes) on guitar)

Here's Sheryl Crow on "Mrs. Major Tom":


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Here's two "Making of Seeking Major Tom" videos:

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William Shatner “Seeking Major Tom” release date, cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” with Zakk Wylde (audio)

by on Sep.10, 2011, under CD/DVD RELEASES, FUNNIES, ROCK NEWS

William Shatner “Seeking Major Tom” release date, cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” with Zakk Wylde (audio)

William Shatner's space-themed concept album, "Seeking Major Tom", will be released on October 11th. The cover art has been revealed, and a cover of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" with ex-Ozzy and Black Label Society guitarist Zakk Wylde can be listened to below:  

Revolver Mag debut William Shatner Iron man feat. Zakk Wylde by Cleopatra Records


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Searching For Major Tom tracklist:
'Space Trucking' (DEEP PURPLE) – Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and JOHNNY WINTER on guitar
'She Blinded Me With Science' (THOMAS DOLBY) – Bootsy Collins on bass and Patrick Moraz (ex-YES and MOODY BLUES) on keyboards/synth
'In a Little While' (U2) – Manuel Gottsching from Ash Ra Tempel on guitar
'Empty Glass' (THE TEA PARTY) – Michael Schenker (UFO/SCORPIONS) on guitar
'Lost In The Stars' (FRANK SINATRA version) – Ernie Watts on saxophone
'Twilight Zone' (GOLDEN EARRING) – Warren Haynes (GOV’T MULE/ALLMAN BROTHERS) on guitar
'Space Cowboy' (STEVE MILLER) – Brad Paisley on guitar and vocals
'Rocket Man' (ELTON JOHN) – Steve Hillage (ex-GONG member) on guitar
'Space Oddity' (DAVID BOWIE) – Ritchie Blackmore (ex-Deep Purple) on guitar and ALAN PARSONS on keyboards
'Spirit in the Sky' (NORMAN GREENBAUM) – PETER FRAMPTON on guitar
'Bohemian Rhapsody' (QUEEN) – John Wetton (ASIA) on bass and vocals
'Silver Machine' (HAWKWIND) – Wayne Kramer (MC5) on guitar and Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE/ROD STEWART/BLUE MURDER, KING KOBRA) on drums
'Major Tom' (PETER SHILLING) – The Strokes’ Nick Valensi and Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) on guitar and and Mike Inez (ALICE IN CHAINS) on bass
'Learning to Fly' (PINK FLOYD) – Edgar Froese (TANGERINE DREAM) on guitar and keyboards
'Mr. Spaceman' (THE BYRDS) – Dave Davies (THE KINKS) on guitar
'Iron Man' (BLACK SABBATH) – Zakk Wylde on guitar and vocals
'Planet Earth' (DURAN DURAN) – Steve Howe (YES) on guitar
'Walking on the Moon' (THE POLICE) – Toots (TOOTS & THE MAYTALS) on vocals
'Mrs. Major Tom' (female guest vocals TBA)

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