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book; and a myriad of articles, essays, and lessons for a variety of music magazines and blogs, not to mention two unpublished novellas and countless short stories.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: 4.48 · 25 ratings · 2 reviews · 5 distinct works
The 50 Greatest Guitar Books

4.42 avg rating — 12 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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The Science of Sci-Fi by Erin  Macdonald
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2.9 Well written, enthusiastic author, and filled with facts but, somehow, also dull. For hardcore sci-fi fans perhaps?
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The Man With the Golden Arm by Nelson Algren
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I take personal responsibility for not enjoying this faded snapshot of a person, place, and time.
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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
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This books get better every time I read it (this was the third time). A wonderful tale of art, ambition, and relationships.
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Break Shot by James  Taylor
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To Jerusalem and Back by Saul Bellow
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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
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Read a second time with my nine year old son.
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A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
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The Truth by Michael Palin
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More descriptive (wordy) than necessary but enjoyable nonetheless.
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Stories from the Nerve Bible by Laurie  Anderson
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3.5 stars. Work, work, work! Just do the work. Inspiring.
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Words Without Music by Philip Glass
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