Shawn Persinger

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Shawn Persinger, a.k.a. Prester John, is an unusual author (and musician). He has written several music books; one children's book; and a myriad of articles, essays, and lessons for a variety of music magazines and blogs, not to mention two unpublished novellas and countless short stories.

"Outsider," "fringe," "avant-garde," "quirky," are all terms that have been used to describe Persinger's music, but his writing is direct, lucid, educational, and decidedly mainstream.

As a composer and performer he has had his music performed innumerable times, in varying ensembles, on five continents, in 36 countries, and countless cities. He continues to tour and perform around the world. Persinger has also been featured, reviewed, and/or interviewed
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Average rating: 4.5 · 26 ratings · 2 reviews · 5 distinct works
The 50 Greatest Guitar Books

4.46 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2013
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I'm an Alligator. I'm a Cro...

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Nobody Knows I'm Famous

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Bebop Jazz Guitar: Head Tra...

really liked it 4.00 avg rating — 2 ratings — published 2010
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Halloween Baptizm

it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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Jump the Shark by Jon Hein
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The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom
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Uneven: The good is thought provoking; the bad is vexatious, with too many generalizations and stereotypes. It also took a sharp, xenophobic turn midway through.

When I started reading this book, I didn't realize it was published in 1995; thus, the h
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The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson
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Uneven but adequate. A small snapshot (footnote) of rock and roll history. I appreciated his frankness regarding his vulnerabilities and insecurities.
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The Story Of Motown by Peter Benjaminson
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The Story of Motown by Peter Benjaminson
"A surprisingly bloodless account of perhaps the greatest record label in music history. In his foreword to the 2018 reissue, Greil Marcus says this book proves how amazing the existence of Motown was, but the plodding prose doesn't really give you an" Read more of this review »
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Serpentine by Thomas Thompson
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3.5. Captivating.
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