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Hendrix: Illustrated Story by Gillian G. Gaar Hendrix: Illustrated Story by Gillian G. Gaar 

Description Hendrix: Illustrated Story Gillian G. Gaar 


JIMI HENDRIX would have been 75-years old this November 27th

This (incredibly) is the first full-blown illustrated gift book exploring the life and career of the man most consider the greatest rock guitarist of all time.

Hendrix enjoyed the international limelight for less than four years, but his innovative and imaginative interpretations of blues and rock continue to inspire guitarists and music lovers across ages and genre.

Inside, Seattle-based music journalist Gillian Gaar examines the guitarist’s upbringing, his service as an Army paratrooper, his role as a sideman on the chitlin’ circuit, his exile in the UK, and his eventual reemergence in the US and the fame that followed until his untimely death in 1970.

Featuring design as lavish as Hendrix’s music and carefully curated photography, posters, picture sleeves, and other assorted memorabilia, this is the ultimate Hendrix book experience.

My Thoughts Hendrix: Illustrated Story Gillian G. Gaar 


Last year I had the pleasure of reviewing Gillian G. Gaar’s, Boss:Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.  I saw then that she has a wonderful way of capturing her subjects, this book is no exception!

I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s and have always been especially drawn to the music of those two decades.  Gaar is a great addition to my music, documentary, and book collections from the period.

I was only 7 when Jimi Hendrix died.  My siblings are 9, 8, and 6 years older than me and I always liked the music they listed to more than what my friends listed to. I had a steady diet of Beatles, Monkeys, Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, and many more. That included Jimi Hendrix.

 I don’t think I realized who he was at the time but I know I heard his music before he passed. I later learned about him and have seen many of his performance on TV, VHS, and DVD. There is a outdoor shrine, here in Vancouver for Hendrix and I have visited it many times.

 Many have said he was a genius with a guitar and I have to agree.  He was left handed (like me) and played upside-down.  He played behind his back, and even with his teeth!  All thought while sounding amazing!

Gillian Gaar has done an excellent job illustrating Hendrix legacy in words and photos.  I love the velvet cover!  It is a perfect touch for the period.

I highly recommend this book for music lovers of the period and Hendrix fans.  It would make an incredible gift; in fact, we already know what were buying my dear brother in-law for Christmas.  Hendrix: The Illustrated Story has earned a place on our coffee table.  I know I will pick it up many times over the years.

5/5

I received a hard copy for my honest review.

About Gillian G. Gaar Hendrix: Illustrated Story Gillian G. Gaar


Gillian G. Gaar has written for numerous publications, including Mojo, Rolling Stone, and Goldmine. Her previous books include She’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll, Entertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana,Return of the King: Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback, and The Doors: The Complete Illustrated History, and Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band — The Illustrated History. She lives in Seattle.

Giveaway Hendrix: Illustrated Story Gillian G. Gaar 


Thanks to Steve Roth of The Quarto Group, I am giving away one print copy of Jimi Hendrix: Illustrated Story Gillian G. Gaar.   This giveaway is open to Canada & the U.S. only and ends on November 17, 2017 midnight pacific time.  Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band by Gillian G. GaarBoss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band by Gillian G. Gaar


Thanks to Steve Roth of Quarto Publishing Group, I am giving away one print copy of Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band by Gillian G. Gaar

Description of Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band by Gillian G. Gaar


Find out how legendary musician Bruce Springsteen earned his moniker. There’s only one Boss; his story is revealed here.

Bruce Springsteen is a platinum-shifting, stadium-filling rock star, but he is also more nuanced than that. He is a man of the people, making conventional-and-proud-of-it rock music aimed at the American working class.

A supreme songwriter, Springsteen is a rock ‘n’ roll legend, and this lavishly illustrated book is an examination of his life and music. A comprehensive overview of a fascinating and unique artist, Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – The Illustrated History is a tribute to Springsteen’s body of work, from the rock anthem Born to Run to his sepia-toned analysis of working-class misery, The River. There’s Springsteen’s gnarly, Bonnie and Clyde-style tableaux Atlantic City, as well as his debunking of guys’ yearnings for youthful Glory Days. Throughout it all, Springsteen has demonstrated that he knows how to create a classic track. Find out once and for all why his nickname is The Boss.

My Thoughts Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band by Gillian G. Gaar


I have been a fan of Bruce Springsteen for as long as I remember.  Okay, that’s not quite true, please don’t judge me on this, but it was actually David Cassidy first.  LOL!  I think I was about 5 years old then.

Bruce has go the perfect package for me.  He is a poet, musician, and wordsmith.  His songs resonate with me.  He writes and sings about the downtrodden and disenfranchised.  He in part, is why I became a social worker. 

Boss is a great collection of photos.  Even if you weren’t to read the heavy book, it would make a great coffee table book but it should be read.  Gillian G. Gaar writes a beautiful biography on Springsteen, including his entire life and career.

I love that she reports on Springsteen, rather than judge him.  I have read other biographies about musicians that come off as judgemental.  I would rather know the person’s life and background and perhaps, form my own opinion.  Perhaps part of it is I don’t want my lifelong opinion, tarnished.

The only negative I have with the book is the cover.  There are so many great photos within the book, I have to wonder who made to use the one for the cover.  In my opinion, it was a poor choice.  Other than that small criticism,  I highly recommend Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band by Gillian G. Gaar for any Bruce Springsteen fan.  It would equally make an excellent gift.

4.5/5

I received this book for my honest review.

About Gillian G. GaarBoss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band by Gillian G. Gaar


Gillian G. Gaar has written thirteen books, including The Doors: The Illustrated HistoryShe’s A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll, Entertain Us: The Rise of Nirvana, and Return of the King: Elvis Presley’s Great Comeback. She was a contributor to Voyageur Press’ Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History and has also written for numerous publications, including MojoRolling Stone, and Goldmine. She lives and writes in Seattle.

Giveaway of Boss: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band by Gillian G. Gaar


This giveaway open to Canada and the U.S. only and ends on September 9, 2016 midnight pacific time.  Entries are accepted via Rafflecopter only.

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Dylan: Disc By Disc by Jon Bream- Review

Posted by Teddyrose@1 on August 8, 2016
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Dylan: Disc By Disc by Jon BreamDylan: Disc By Disc by Jon Bream


It’s no secret that I am a fan of Bob Dylan.  Okay, so he doesn’t have the soulful voice that I usually love but he has words that he combined into poem and song.  His words have changed over the years, just as he has changed.  At first they were in protest, then became electric, religious, etc. 

I was disappointed when he became a born again Christian, not that I have anything against it, as long as people don’t preach it to me.  That was just it, I was worried he would be preachy about it.  He wasn’t after his first album after converting and in fact, I even liked that album. It wasn’t a favorite, but it was good.  I don’t even know if he still considers himself religious be it Jewish or Christian. 

I thought it a bit funny that he was considered “born again” because he was raised Jewish.  In fact, there was a rumor that he went to the same summer camp my parents forced me to go to in Minnesota, Herzl. I remember my last year going there a boy snuck me into his cabin to show me where Bob carved his initials in a bunk bed.  “B.Z.”.  Were they really his initials, who knows but it was still thrilling for me!

Now flash forward, back to today and I am still a fan.  So, when I saw ‘Dylan: Disc by Disc’, I had to have it.  Luckily the publisher was happy to send me a copy for review.  First let me say this is a beautiful book in terms of the cover and photos within.  I am now proudly displaying it on my coffee table.  In fact, last week we had friend over and one asked to borrow it.  Ha, I told him, “not my Dylan”.  He understood and promptly ordered a copy for himself after just browsing through mine.

The book is set up for some well known, some not so well know critics to discuss each album Dylan has done to date.  I have every album up to 2012.  In fact, we saw a Bob Dylan special on PBS in 2013 and they had a box set of 40 cds during a pledge drive on offer.  We bought it, so we even have some duplicates.  LOL!

I agree with some of the commentary for each album discussed in the book and also disagree with some.  It was really set up a lot like a conversation a bunch of friends would discuss some of their favorite performers except most of those friends have the discussion in their writing, rather than verbal.  At first I really liked the writing style but did tire of it, at times. However, that said, I still adored this book, mostly for the photos.  It’s just beautifully put together and a nice keepsake for a Bob Dylan fan.  I highly recommend it for fans or as a gift to the big Dylan fans in your life!

4/5

I received this book for my honest review.

About Jon Bream


Dylan: Disc By Disc by Jon Bream

Photo Credit: Jeff Wheeler

Jon Bream, the award-winning critic of the Minneapolis Star Tribune since 1975, has the second longest tenure of any current daily newspaper pop-music critic in the United States. His work has appeared everywhere from the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times to Rolling Stone and TV Guide. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Bream is the author of the bestselling biographies Prince: Inside the Purple Reign (1984) and Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time (2008). Visit www.jonbream.com.