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Just a heads up, but today I finished the book 'Interviews with Jimmy Page - Brad Tolinski'.  

Really good read folks and can highly recommend.  

Lived with Zeppelin for 40 odd years now and learnt so much in this book...great stuff.  

Check it out.



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PLAY IT LOUD: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar

Submitted by BB Gun Press on Wed, 10/12/2016 - 07:31

PLAY IT LOUD: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar

"Play it Loud is a dynamic history of the electric guitar, but more importantly, it's about the artists who painted universal tones, colors, textures and movements on the world canvas... Brad and Alan get inside the note of the political and cultural significance of the guitar... To be able to touch someone and change their molecular structure with just one note is very powerful. One note can bring someone back from the edge, make lovers come together, create life, end wars and make you shed tears of joy and sorrow at the same time. It is called the universal tone and for me it comes from six things, every time I plug in my guitar: stay genuine, honest, sincere, true, authentic and for real on every song. Play It Loud is all of these things, on every page."

-Carlos Santana, Grammy Award-winning artist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 

from the foreword

Featuring Interviews With...

Les Paul

Billy Gibbons

Paul Reed Smith

Keith Richards

Jeff Beck

Peter Townshend

Jimmy Page

Steve Vai

Ted Nugent

Billie Joe Armstrong

Jack White

Kerry Keane

Dan Auerbach

Patti Smith

...and dozens more

The electric guitar as we know it is a symbol of freedom, rebellion, and louder-than-life rock and roll, played and treasured by our best rock musicians of the past century. You probably hear their music-the influence of the electric guitar and its storied history-every day. But have you ever wondered how we got here?

Veteran music writers Brad Tolinski (former editor-in-chief of Guitar World) and Alan di Perna have teamed up to give us an incredible and unprecedented musical history in PLAY IT LOUD: An Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar (Doubleday; Publication Date: October 25, 2016), with a foreword by Carlos Santana.

In roughly the span of one human lifetime, the electric guitar made an epic transition from novelty item to the most important musical instrument of the twentieth century and beyond. Featuring interviews with Les Paul, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Patti Smith, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, and B.B. King, plus dozens of behind-the-scenes creators and players, Tolinski and di Perna use twelve landmark guitars-beginning with the Rickenbacker, up until the Airline guitar-to bring this untold history to life. We delve into the life of Leo Fender, a man who couldn't play a note but who transformed the guitar into the explosive sound machine it is today, and how the famous Les Paul guitar came to be: a reaction from Gibson to rival Fender's Telecaster. In my favorite chapter, we meet Paul Reed Smith (of PRS Guitars), a teenager who singlehandedly, and with a unique business model, convinces Ted Nugent, Peter Frampton, and his idol Santana to commission one of his handmade guitars.

The authors take us from the Roaring Twenties-when the electric guitar was born out of the need to "make this thing louder"-through the ever-changing rock movements of blues, swing, surf, folk, heavy metal, retro-garage and post-punk over the next ten decades. We meet a young Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, and Bob Dylan; we see the very purposeful guitar choices of the Beatles and the Stones. We learn how the electric guitar's earliest pioneers, among them Charlie Christian and Benny Goodman, evolved into today's modern rockers, like Jack White and Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), who both, while continuing to innovate, actually bring many forms of the earliest electric guitar back onto the stage.

PLAY IT LOUD is a fascinating-and very fun-history of the electric guitar that will forever change the way we think about and listen to music.


Brad Tolinski was the editor-in-chief of Guitar World, the world's bestselling magazine for musicians, for twenty-five years. He is the author of Light & Shade: Conversations with Jimmy Page

Alan di Perna is a longtime contributor to Guitar Worldand Guitar Aficionado and has written for Rolling Stone, Creem, Billboard, Guitar Player, and other leading music publications. He is the author of Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits.

For more information, please visit www.doubleday.com

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There lies the problem, probably a huge % of all the interviews will be recycled. However, if you haven't subscribed to

any guitar magazines, this book would probably be very insightful. If Tolinski somehow contacted all the living guitarists

in a current round-table discussion, now that would likely grab a lot of people. With the net, etc., it is possible, although

not that likely.

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I really enjoyed the Tolinski book on Page.  He weaved comments from his various interviews from across the years with Jimmy into a narrative that makes for a nice read.

Also looking forward to the forthcoming book by Martin Power, "No Quarter - The Three Lives of Jimmy Page"

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I never got the book because I sat down at a Barnes&Noble and went thru the book and realized there was nothing new.

However, I must say Tolinski has a very nice, flowing and engaging writing style. The new book will likely be treated the

same way, possibly. As a side note I never liked the writing of Hammer Of The Gods, the book IMO didn't flow well, it 

seemed rather fractured and disassociated in many spots.

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