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Diary of a Player: How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  948 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews
This book is the very personal story of how Brad Paisley came of age as a musician and a man. Focusing on what it means to play the guitar and how he found his voice through a series of guitars, the book will also share what he has learned about life along the way. Beginning with his own very personal love letter to the guitar and what the instrument has meant in his life ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group (first published April 19th 2011)
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Mary Beth
Nov 20, 2011 Mary Beth rated it it was amazing
I don't know what I was expecting when I started this book. For starters, I am a fan, not just a fan, a crazy fan. Brad Paisley is that one artist that I have fallen in love with and I love his sound and how he picks songs that are so many things at once. Most of all, his songs speak to me, tell me of how some think and feel about things.

This book allows you to step into Paisley's world, almost as if you are his friend, and he is just telling you a story of his life, and how he has become the pe
Dec 22, 2011 Pashtana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought an acoustic guitar because of this book. I don't even know how to play guitar ... or any musical instrument for that matter, but the humor and grace of the author(s) was enough to convince me that the goal I've always had of playing might be possible. I'm a huge country music fan, and at the top of my list of favorite recent artists is Brad Paisley. I adore the idea of writing a book about your influences, and I think musicians who do that give their enthusiastic audience something more ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read
It was really interesting to see where Brad Paisley came from, how he got into music and how he followed his dreams. I always got the impression from his music that he was not just an awesome guitarist, but also just a great person, and that really came out in his book as well.
Brad's a cool dude, I love his keep working at it ethic. the stories and his admiration rang through each word. however this read a bit overdone to me. not awful, just not awesome.
Feb 10, 2013 Ruthie rated it it was ok
I was a huge Brad Paisley fan in the early days of his career (pre-Time Well Wasted). I got his first CD, Who Needs Pictures, for my 14th birthday, just a couple of months after it was released. To me, Brad Paisley was what Justin Bieber (or whoever the current teen heartthrob is now) is to teenage girls these days. I got to meet him twice at meet-and-greets before concerts, so as far as I was concerned at the time, my young teenage life was complete. At the height of my obsession, I'm sure ever ...more
Lissa Farkas
Apr 23, 2012 Lissa Farkas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, as everyone knows I love Brad, so it wasn't hard to love this book. Actually, I was just praying it wouldn't make me dislike him after I read it (fearing it would be terribly written or it would reveal something about him that I wouldn't like).

NOT the case...he tells many stories about his childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood....all relating to his development as a guitar virtuoso and singer/songwriter. He pays tribute to his musical heros, and to the individuals that "brung" him in
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
What does country music, guitar heroes and an autobiography have in common? The newest novel called, Diary of A Player by Brad Paisley and David Wild. Welcome to the unique story of just how untalented Brad Paisley really believed himself to be and how he utilized the talents of creative legends like Buck Owens, Roy Clark, and Chet Atkins to help him turn his dream into a reality!

This honest, funny, revealing book is one musician's true story of what's been a very musical life with strings attac
Tom Cole
Mar 08, 2014 Tom Cole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title is right. He tells about his heroes and that's about it. Very little insight is given into what the instrument is about, how to practice, play-- or anything else a guitar man would write about with a special knowledge that enriches the reader. His first love was a lesbian who really couldn't love him, but he says nothing about this. One need not tell all, but some baring of the soul is necessary.

Here's my response on Amazon to another reviewer:

Yes, that's right. I noticed right away t
Jul 30, 2014 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, easy read and very interesting!! He's very honest and funny and I liked the book and learned a few things I didn't know. I am a country music fan and a Brad Paisley fan. I'm not a guitar player just enjoy listening to the music, so there is a little guitar info maybe over my head but I am sure a guitar player would really enjoy the book!! A very quick, light read...I read in one evening!!
Sam T
This book, was one of those books that you just want to stop in the middle and choose a different book. My mom made me finish the book, but I guess it was worth it because now I have a more general idea of where Brad Paisley's songs come from.

This book took place in Texas, and Nashville it was in past time, and present. Brad is now a famous country singer, who married Kim Williams, and have two children.

I would not recommend this to many people, but if I needed to give a recommendation it would
Oct 27, 2015 Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the title states, this isn't an autobiography. It's Brad talking about how he got started playing the guitar, who his musical influences were and are, and how he feels about music, the guitar, and country music in general. Fun and fascinating reading.
Jul 27, 2012 Teniya rated it really liked it
I went to TJ Maxx looking for something to wear to the Brad Paisley concert Wed night and while I checking out saw this book and bought it as a joke for Sam. After the concert (which was pretty awesome!)I was looking at the pictures, started reading it and was hooked! I've never been a big Brad fan, I went to his concert because I was excited that Sam actually wanted to go to a country concert and because I love The Band Perry who opened for Brad. After reading this book and seeing him play I re ...more
Kitty Honeycutt
Aug 02, 2012 Kitty Honeycutt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book Title: "Diary of a Player”
Author: Brad Paisley & David Wild
Published By: Howard Books
Age Recommended: 18+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: Brad Paisley tells the story of how his inspirations drove him to become a country music superstar, what a deep belief in god can do for you, and how his grandfather was responsible for the start of a dream.
This is a beautiful story, one that shows the true side of Brad Paisley, the boy he was, the man he became, and just how much fami
Carly Shaffer
Dec 09, 2012 Carly Shaffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Okay. You have to read this book. I don't care if you could care about country music. Just read the book.

When I picked this up, I was already a fan of Brad Paisley. However, this book captivated me. I would not put it down. It is laugh-out-loud funny, especially the story about the British guitar amplifiers. And the one about the horrible sounding acoustic guitar. And the one about the song "Part II" and the "Father of The Bride" movies. And the one about the time he got a D in guitar. See? I
Dec 22, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew I would enjoy this book, because I am a big fan of Brad Paisley's music. He wrote this book the same way he writes many of his songs, with both a sense of poignancy and a sense of humor. While this does have some autobiographical information in it, it is not strictly an autobiography. It is partially a tribute to those people who have helped Brad Paisley along in his career. The book also offers a lot of advice to musicians and parents of children taking music lessons. I highly recommend ...more
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Diary of a Player Book Review

The book I read is an autobiography by Brad Paisley called Diary of a Player. I chose this book because it seemed like a short easy read. I’m happy I read this book because the storyline was very good. He writes about how his career got started and who his biggest influences were. It got boring at times but for the most part it was entertaining. If you like country music then this is the book for you. I wouldn’t recommend t
Apr 10, 2015 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first country music autobiography I've read where I remember the artist's debut and early work towards success, though Brad Paisley focuses a lot on what got him to that point, starting with a guitar he received from his grandfather on Christmas when he was 8. Paisley themed his biography by building his career in the context of the guitar players he's known and what he learned from each along the way, and it works really well for this book. As a young boy, Brad learned the basics f ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Rod rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book about Brad and his guitars? Count me in. Lots of fun.

This was a very quick read - I guess Brad figures his pickin' friends don't delve into long novels. He might be right. But i was hoping for way more information about guitars, amps, and the craft. This is more about Brad and his journey.
Apr 01, 2012 Douglas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

the book takes what every guitarist knows - that a guitar is your one companion always through all of life's ups and downs - and spreads it out over 200 odd pages

nice and easy to read... well told... and i could identify with so much in the book... at a time when i needed to
Apr 23, 2014 Marla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book up from the bargain bin earlier this week. I'm a country music fan and I have seen Brad Paisley live, and, well, I like him…so I thought it would be an enjoyable read. I was a little worried it might be a dry read because it's about his love of the guitar and the guitar players he admires. Well, it was anything but dry! It was interesting, and funny, and touching. I learned some things about Brad's youth and his path to where he is now. I loved his family connection, especiall ...more
Dawn Lennon
Feb 18, 2014 Dawn Lennon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: autobiography
My learn-something-new goal for 2014 was the acoustic guitar. Before I started taking lessons, I wanted to begin to understand the mindset of a great guitarist, and, as a lover of country music, I knew Brad Paisley was that. When I discovered his book I was all in.

What drew me in was Paisley's relationship with his guitar, that unique bond between a person and an instrument that creates the sound of one's own life. Paisley's relationship with his grandfather who gave him his first guitar reveale
M. Hickmon
Mar 02, 2014 M. Hickmon rated it really liked it
My wife is a country music fan; Me not so much. She won tickets to a Brad Paisley show in Orlando when we were dating, and one of his tunes was playing during the first dance at our wedding. This book was given to me as a gift, because I am an amateur guitar player.

It's been a few years since I read this, but what I remember most is the story of Brad Paisley and his parents, grandparents, and other adult musicians, all of whom supported his dream of being a professional musician from a very you
Sep 03, 2014 Melinda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating life, but a lackluster way to tell his story. I just could not shake the feeling I was reading the longest 1980s era teen magazine feature ever written. Brad Paisley is an amazing songwriter and inspiring individual. The influence of his grandfather was especially moving. Reading the book I kept thinking of different ways to share his life's journey that did not read like an award acceptance speech. Personally, I would have used the last chapter as the first. Draw me in, then take th ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
You get to see a new side of Brad Paisley.
Lady Lioness
Jan 27, 2012 Lady Lioness rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Brad Paisley fans, guitar addicts
My interest in Brad Paisley began, as so much in my adult life did, at Borders. Back before Borders became locked in a death spiral, we used to get promo CDs for the listening stations. After a couple of months, the staff would get to paw through a box and pick out what we wanted. Since I'm hearing impaired, I have very specific tastes in music. I care less about the music itself and more about the singer & lyrics. I want to actually hear them singing and I want to be interested in what they ...more
Jamie White
Dec 30, 2011 Jamie White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been wanting to read this one for awhile and finally went ahead and got a copy at the local library. I was expecting a funny read and I wasn't disappointed. I loved reading about how Mr. Guitar Hero got a "D" in the instrument during his college years, much to his parent's annoyance. It was also nice to read about the inspiration behind the song "Part II" and how his children have a whole different definition of the word 'play'. He was asked by the kids at one point to "play batman" and st ...more
Mark All
Brad Paisley is not only a country superstar, but a virtuoso guitarist, as demonstrated on his mostly instrumental album, Play. His memoir is subtitled How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me. Fans will enjoy this light, enjoyable read. He covers his playing life from his first guitar through the devastating flood that destroyed his nine-tractor-trailer road show and all but one of his guitars, to being named the CMA's Entertainer of the Year. He presents some intriguing spiritual/sync ...more
Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
Jan 18, 2012 Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read) rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
I'm not usually a fan of non-fiction novels but I love country music and I absolutely love Brad Paisley's music. So when I found out he wrote a book about how he got to where he is today I really wanted to read it. This book is not an autobiography at all, it's a great book about how one little gift changed his life.

This was a quick read and I thought it was adorable. Hearing about how the gift of the guitar changed his life in such a large way. My favourite part of this book was when he talked
The first Brad Paisley song I ever remember hearing was "The World," off his Time Well Wasted album. It blended, in what seemed to me the perfect way, humour and romance with sentimentality and pragmatism, alongside a touch of the classic country I had only recently discovered at the time.

In much the same way, Diary of a Player showcases all the best that Brad Paisley has to offer. It's primarily funny, because Brad and humour go hand-in-hand (remember "Celebrity," "Online," and "Start a Band,"
Dec 19, 2011 Liisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If book reviews were based on how we felt about the author, "Diary of a Player" by Brad Paisley would be a five-starrer easily. I am a HUGE fan. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of this book.

This book is the must-read, go-to book for guitar players and self-professed "guitar-heads". If you are mad about the six strings, get yourself this book. You will love it. You will devour it. It will be treasured.

Not so fussed on guitars or (like me) you can't tell the difference between a Fender Strato
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“Unless you're a true prodigy, you're going to have to practice for a while being bad before you get any good. And it will seem like a waste of time. I remember that feeling well. But don't worry about wasting time, because it'll be so worth it. It's my experience that in the end, life lessons and guitar lessons begin to blur in all sorts of interesting ways.” 5 likes
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