My First Guitar is by Julia Crowe and is definitely a fascinating read. She talks to many guitar greats (Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton and Jonny Lang, just to name a very small few) and has them tell the story of their first guitar. The stories are all so different – some funny and some not and I really enjoyed reading it.
Some of the stories are only a couple of pages long and others much longer, but there are tons and tons of guitarists mentioned in this book. The author is one too!
It is really interesting to see why some of these guitarists took up guitar – one of the stories I liked was about Bob Taylor and how he couldn’t afford a guitar so he decided to make one. If you’re not aware – Taylor Guitars is now a hugely popular brand. He only has 1 of the 3 original guitars that he made left and there is an interesting story to go along with why he got rid of them and HOW he got rid of them – you’ll have to check out the book to find out what it is 🙂
Any guitar playing or aspiring guitar player would probably enjoy this book – it would be nice to see if your favorite guitarist is featured and how they went about getting their first guitar!
I received a free ecopy of this book from the publisher in order to write this review.
About the Book
Famous guitarists reveal the stories behind their first six-string and their lifelong passion for music
Every guitarist remembers his or her first instrument, the guitar that was a gateway to a lifetime of passion and commitment. In My First Guitar, Julia Crowe presents original interviews with some of the world’s leading guitarists across a variety of genres, including Les Paul, Dick Dale, Carlos Santana, Peter Frampton, Jimmie Vaughan, Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani, Melissa Etheridge, Paco Peña, Lee Ranaldo, George Benson, and Jimmy Page. Each interview offers an intimate glimpse into the humble beginnings of real-life guitar heroes as they recall their first instrument and share the inspiration, challenges, and successes of their early days.