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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!

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Stevie Ray Vaughan among the inaugural honorees for the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

by on Apr.03, 2014, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Stevie Ray Vaughan among the inaugural honorees for the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame

Guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan and his backing band, Double Trouble are among the inaugural honorees for the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Willie Nelson is also slated to to be inducted ceremony will take place April 26 at the University of Texas' Austin campus, and is being held in celebration of the PBS performance series Austin City Limits' 40th anniversary. reports that the invitation-only ceremony will be at KLRU’s Studio 6A, a still-operating space in UT’s Jesse H. Jones Communication Center. It was the show’s original home through 2010. Episodes have since been recorded at the new ACL Live theater downtown since 2011.

Also being inducted are two non-musicians who played crucial roles in the development of “Austin City Limits”: Bill Arhos, who created the show, and the late Longhorns football coach Darrell Royal, who was a huge supporter of the program in its early years. Nelson, Arhos and Double Trouble members Chris Layton, Tommy Shannon and Reese Wynans will attend the induction and it will feature performances by Nelson, Buddy Guy, Emmylou Harris, Lyle Lovett, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Robert Randolph, Mike Farris, Doyle Bramhall II and Lukas Nelson.

The ceremony will be taped for a two-hour special that will premiere this October during Austin City Limits' 40th season. That special will include segments from an all-star show still in the works to be held at the ACL Live venue.

"Austin City Limits has become a unique American institution, in both the worlds of popular music and television," says the series' executive producer, Terry Lickona, in a statement. "It has such a rich history and legacy that we decided it was time to celebrate and honor the artists and individuals who made it what it is today."

There will be new inductees each year,  but having Willie and SRV as the first two musical artists inducted is appropriate, since Nelson was the performer on the show’s pilot episode in October of 1974, with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were featured on the show in 1984 and 1990 episodes.

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‘John Mellancamp : It’s About You’ documentary clips

by on Jun.06, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

‘John Mellancamp : It’s About You’ documentary clips

The new documenatry 'John Mellancamp: It's About You,' following Mellencamp as he wrote and recorded his 2010 record 'No Better Than This' is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray. In 2009, Kurt and Ian Marcus documented John Mellencamp's travels while on tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

In these clips from, shot in July 2009, Mellencamp records the album cuts 'No One Cares About Me' with Marc Ribot, David Roe and Andy York and 'Coming Down the Road' with Jay Bellerose, David Roe, T Bone Burnett and Andy York in Memphis' historical Sun Studios. The video was shot in Super 8, which adds a fitting retro flavor to the film.

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Paul McCartney News: Rolling Stone Cover story, Grammy Week recap, Tribute album, Hollywood Walk of Fame


Paul McCartney News: Rolling Stone Cover story, Grammy Week recap, Tribute album, Hollywood Walk of Fame

Paul McCartney is on the cover of the Rolling Stone March 1st edition, which is available on newstands tomorrow (Feb. 17). Here's an excerpt from the cover story by Brian Hiatt:

Twenty years ago, when Paul McCartney turned 50, he remembers his then-manager pushing the idea of retirement. "It's only right," he was told. "You really don't want to go beyond 50, it's going to get embarrassing." In June, McCartney will be 70 ("I'm never going to believe I'm 70, I don't care what you say," he says. "There's a little cell in my brain that's never going to believe that"), and he still has no plans to stop touring or recording. "You get the argument 'Make way for the young kids,' " he says. "And you think, 'Fuck that, let them make way for themselves. If they're better than me, they'll beat me.' Foo Fighters don't have a problem, they're good. They'll do their thing.

"If you're enjoying it, why do something else? And what would you do? Well, a good answer is 'Take more holidays,' which is definitely on the cards, but I don't seem to do that. I love what I do so much that I don't really want to stop. I'm just kind of casually keeping an eye on how I feel, and onstage, it feels like it's always felt. So for the time being, the band's hot, I'm really enjoying myself, still singing like I sang, not experiencing, touch wood, any sort of problems to speak of. If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

It doesn't hurt that his touring schedule has been reduced to shorter, intense bursts in recent years, largely because of his shared-custody arrangement for his eight-year-old, Beatrice. "We don't do the big sloggo tour, we don't do the big U2-Stones go-out-forever thing, and get a bit fed up with it," says McCartney, who's planning some dates for later this year. "What we do now is events and selective dates. Because of my custody situation, I can only do that. At first, we thought, 'Oh, God, is this going to be a problem?' and it's actually turned out to be some kind of a blessing."

He can see himself rocking well into his eighties. "I can imagine it," he says. "As to whether my imagination will come true, I don't know. The last couple of years, I've gotten into guitar – so there's all sorts of little things that crop up that entice you forward, and you go, 'Hmm, I'd like that.'

I broach the idea of actually dying onstage – would he be into it? He recoils slightly, then smiles. "What kind of question is that? I must say, that's not in my imagination. Rocking on until a grand old age... the only thing would be when it's not pleasant anymore, then it would be 'That's a good time to stop.' But it's way too pleasant at the moment. And it pays. Good gig, man. But I know exactly where you're coming from, though. How long can this go on...?"

Paul also discloses that the Beatles occasionally discussed the idea of reuniting. Unfortunately, talks never got past the preliminary stage due to what McCartney called a lack of “passion behind the idea” and fears over whether their newer work together could approach the standards set by their brilliant catalog.

“[I]t could have spoiled the whole idea of the Beatles, so wrong that they’d be like ‘Oh, my God, they weren’t any good,’” he told Rolling Stone. “The re-formation suggestions were never convincing enough. They were kind of nice when they happened – ‘That would be good, yeah’ – but then one of us would always not fancy it. And that was enough, because we were the ultimate democracy.”

Despite Beatles members appearing on each other’s solo recordings over the years, and showing up at each other's concerts their only reunion under their group name came in 1995 when they recorded overdubs onto a pair of unreleased John Lennon demos for the ‘Anthology’ project.

Class act McCartney wrapped Grammy week in Los Angeles in a somber way by leaving flowers with wife Nancy Shevell for Whitney Houston outside a memorial at the Beverly Hilton. R.I.P. Whitney.

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Sir Paul not only won a Grammy on the pre-show broadcast, he performed 'My Valentine' with Joe Walsh on the show, then wrapped it all up with an awesome performance of the Beatles classic 'Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End,' with Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Joe Walsh. If you haven't seen this, it's a must watch. If you have, it's a must watch again!

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Here's an Artisan News Grammy recap

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The preceding Friday night (Feb. 10) Paul McCartney was honored as the MusiCares Person Of The Year awards, the crown jewel of Grammy week at the Los Angeles Convention Center. A who's who of the music world came out to honor Sir Paul, and the event raised more than $6.5 million for the Recording Academy's division that provides medical care and other support for musicians in need.

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Read a USA Today report on the MusiCares show here and a Los Angeles Times report here.

A fully endorsed tribute record is in the works with covers of Beatles, Wings solo McCartney material. Artists slated to participate are Billy Joel, Brian Wilson, B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Steve Miller, Jeff Lynne, Heart, Wanda Jackson, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Ronnie Spector, The Cure and Corinne Bailey Rae. The collection, which has yet to partner with a label or distributor, has been put together by longtime producer and music supervisor Ralph Sall (Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, plus many, many, more). He was also behind 1991's 'Deadicated: Songs of The Grateful Dead,' 'Stoned Immaculate: The Music of The Doors' and 'Common Thread: The Songs of The Eagles.'





Sir Paul McCartney received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Thursday (Feb. 9).

“Way back in history, in Liverpool when we were kids and we were listening to Buddy Holly and all the rock and roll greats, I would have never thought the day would come when I'd be getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” McCartney said at the ceremony. “That was an impossible thing to happen. But here we are today.” Sir Paul then thanked “three boys” in his life: John, George and Ringo.

McCartney’s star, the 2,460th given, was approved in 1993. He was the last Beatle to accept the honor, with John Lennon’s and George Harrison’s given posthumously.

Guest speaker Neil Young praised McCartney’s musicianship, saying, “When I was in high school and the Beatles came out, I loved the Beatles and I tried to learn how to play like them, and no one could figure out what Paul was doing on the bass. Not only was he playing differently because he plays left-handed, he played notes that no one had put together before — in a way that made us stand in awe of this great musician.”

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Foo Fighters to perform live on 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Grohl talks music industry problems and Sound City Studios Documentary (video)

by on Jan.12, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, TV ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Foo Fighters to perform live on 54th Annual Grammy Awards, Grohl talks music industry problems and Sound City Studios Documentary (video)

Your buddies and mine, the Foo Fighters will be rocking The 54th Annual Grammy Awards. On February 12th, the Foo Fighters will bring what promises to be a special performance to cap off a fantastic 2011. It's almost a lock that the Foo Fighters could win multiple Grammys, as they are up for Album of the Year, Best Rock Album, Best Rock Performance, Best Rock Song for ‘Walk,’ Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance for ‘White Limo’ and more.

Awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Foo Fighters have won six Grammys throughout their career, most recently capturing Best Rock Album and Best Hard Rock Performance wins in 2008. The Foos won their first Grammy Award in 2001, earning a Best Rock Album statue for ‘There Is Nothing Left to Lose.’

Among the other nominations for this year’s Grammy for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance are Dream Theater for ‘On the Backs of Angels,’ Mastodon for ‘Curl of the Burl,’ Megadeth for ‘Public Enemy No. 1′ and a surprising contender in Sum 41 for their track ‘Blood in My Eyes.’

Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift are the other performers announced so far. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards, also known as ‘Music’s Biggest Night,’ will air live on CBS on Feb. 12 at 8pm ET. 

The Foo Fighters are going to win a few of these!

Recently Grohl spoke with Billboard and was asked about the problems plaguing the industry, to which he responded:

“Someone asked me recently, ‘What do you think the problem with the music industry is?’ I said, ‘take the Adele record, for example. It’s an amazing record and everybody’s so shocked that it’s such a phenomenon. I’m not. You know why that record’s huge? Because it’s f—ing good and it’s real. Now imagine if all records were that good. Do you think only one of them would sell? F— no! All of them would. If all records were that good the music business would be on fire, but they’re not.’”

Grohl was also quick to dismiss the journalistic cliche that his beloved rock & roll is dead:

“There’s always gonna be rock’n'roll bands, there’s always gonna be kids that love rock’n'roll records, and there will always be rock’n'roll. I travel all over the world and play music, and it’s easy to think rock’n'roll has gone away when you’re in a country like America. We just got back from a trip Down Under, we did a tour of Australia and New Zealand where we were pulling 40,000-50,000 people a night, selling out stadiums. To me, that means rock’n'roll is alive and well. The thing that will never go away is that connection you make with a band or a song where you’re moved by the fact that it’s real people making music. You make that human connection with a song like “Let It Be” or “Long and Winding Road” or a song like “Bohemian Rhapsody” or “Roxanne,” any of those songs. They sound like people making music. In America, rock’n'roll isn’t in the forefront of the mainstream as it is the rest of the world…I don’t know what it is, but it’s one of the few countries in the world where rock’n'roll is not huge.”

More details are out on a documentary Dave Grohl was putting together on the studio where he recorded ‘Nevermind’ with Nirvana — Sound City Studios. According to what Grohl said recently, we can expect some “epic” performances in addition to the rockumentary.

The now closed Sound City Studios was the grounds where many incredible rock album were recorded, just a few of the artists who’ve recorded there include Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Willie Nelson, and Eric Clapton. We initially learned of Grohl’s documentary secondhand from REO Speedwagon frontman Kevin Cronin, who briefly teased the project before realizing he should probably let Dave deliver the news. The topic came up in a Q&A featured in the latest issue of Rolling Stone and Grohl talked about what inspired him to helm the project:

“When Sound City closed last year it was a very sad day. That place was like a church. The list people that recorded there is like a virtual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We recorded ‘Nevermind’ there back in 1991. That funky old place had the best drum room in the world. The drum sound at the beginning of ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit?’ That’s Sound City. I decided to make a film about that feeling when you put five guys in a room, hit “record” and the hair on the back of your neck stands up. Expect some epic jam sessions.”

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I'm thinking the “epic jam sessions” Grohl is talking about explain the reported collaboration with Stephen Pearcy and Warren DeMartini of Ratt. Ratt have recorded albums at Sound City Studios as well.

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