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My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by ECW Press (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jul 31, 2013 Tuck rated it really liked it
fun idea, ask great guitar players what was their first guitar . so: gary lucas, taj mahal, daniel lanois, Richard thompsn, dick dale, lurrie bell, muriel anderson, tracii guns, jorge morel, georege benson, lee ranaldo, scotty moore, melissa etheridge, sharon isben, paul reed smith

and about 60 more. funny stories, some great pics.
and julia crowe herself has some really great stories too.,

only drawback is the use of the same questions for each interview : 1st guitar, most influence, first gig, fu
Jerry Oliver
Aug 11, 2013 Jerry Oliver rated it it was amazing
Well, I'm giving this book five stars not because it is a literary masterpiece but because of the pure enjoyment I experienced reading it. Being a guitar geek and a guitar teacher in need of some light but engaging reading this was perfect. Author Julia Crowe had a great idea of gathering the stories of the first guitars of a variety of great players, makers and aficionados and interweaving them with her own guitar story and her tales of tracking down and interviewing these great guitarists that ...more
Sep 25, 2012 Diana rated it really liked it
Julia Crowe interviews guitarist from all types of music (rock, jazz, Brazilian classical guitarist)and from the known to the unknown. Most of the guitarist started when they were very young (4-5 years old) received guitars as a birthday or Christmas present, and grew up in musical households. Some had lessons, some learned by listening to records. As I read the book, I would get on Rhapsody and listen to the guitarists. Heard some great music. This book has inspired me to take up guitar.
Craig Keen
Mar 16, 2013 Craig Keen rated it really liked it
Overall, this would be an enjoyable read for anybody interested in guitar. The author has interviewed a number of artists from the worlds of rock, classical, flamenco, etc. One theme that emerges throughout the book is that guitar mastery does not come overnight. For most interviewees, the first few years involved struggling with a junky $5 Harmony with horribly high action until the fingers started to bleed. Good news for anyone attempting some sort of proficiency on guitar. And despite the ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Etienne02breton rated it it was amazing
First of all thank to goodreads for giving me a free copy of this book!

This is a really good book that every fan of music and especially guitar should have. The theme is simple, great guitarist from various style and time, jazz to rock, fiftys to 2000s, that tell us about their first guitar. The author have been able to really rewrite the interview so that we feel the emotion and the passion of those guys talking about something that have and still do take a lot of place in their live. This is a
Jan 06, 2013 Ray rated it it was ok
The author presents a good number of interviews with guitarists about their first and subsequent favorite guitars and guitarists. Its presented as oral history- the author allows the musicians to ruminate without prodding questions. One of the first interviews is with Dick Dale, who states that he does not trust interviews in general and he rambles on about it.
Many of the musicians outline why they like certain brands and models.They often studied the playing techniques of their influences and
Serge Pierro
Jul 01, 2013 Serge Pierro rated it really liked it
Shelves: guitar, music
As someone who has spent 35+ years playing guitar, including practicing 12-16 hours a day, I found this book to be quite fascinating. Julia Crowe, interviews 70 guitarists, in a wide range of styles, and the common thread is their love for the instrument. Guitarists will smile, and non-guitarists will gain insight into the obsessive world of guitarists.
Oct 10, 2014 Caleb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Had a great time here. Recommended for any lover of the guitar. Well written and filled with interesting guitar stories.
Robin Martin
Oct 04, 2012 Robin Martin rated it really liked it
Read my review of My First Guitar in an upcoming issue of City Book Review!
Alexander Hill
Feb 22, 2016 Alexander Hill rated it liked it
I liked this a great deal and yet it frustrated me greatly too. A little too much repetition in the stories - but also in it's scope, it sounds great 70 stories, but in all honesty it would have possibly been better had it been 30 stories and they were all fleshed out fully. Some of the stories are scant on detail and horribly short - more than a few could have been dropped just because of the repetition, and some you just wanted to hear more!

Overall, I enjoyed it - but definitely a little frust
University of Chicago Magazine
Julia Crowe, AB'92

From our pages (Nov–Dec/12): "Collecting interviews with 70 well-loved and critically acclaimed guitarists—including Carlos Santana, Melissa Etheridge, Jimmy Page, and Les Paul—Julia Crowe examines the intimate relationship between artist and instrument. Crowe includes anecdotes about first instruments and early inspirations, along with pages of personal photos."
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