- Tapa blanda: 282 páginas
- Editor: Hal Léonard (1 de septiembre de 2001)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0879306394
- ISBN-13: 978-0879306397
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Roy Buchanan - American Axe Guitare (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 1 sep 2001
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"I remember asking him how he'd developed his style, and he said with a straight face that he was half-wolf..." - Robbie Robertson"
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From the birth of rock 'n' roll to his puzzling death in 1988, guitarist Roy Buchanan forged a wildly emotive style melding blues, country, jazz, and rock 'n' roll. With a genius for expression that ranged from explosive to heartbreaking, and an astonishing arsenal of techniques, Buchanan was on the road to fame in 1957 - at age 17. But this enigmatic, demon-chasing guitarist became a reluctant superstar, and even turned down an offer to join the Rolling Stones. Revealing his driving forces, this vivid narrative zeroes in on Buchanan's odyssey through America's honky-tonks and beer joints, where he played free from the trappings of fame. It is a bittersweet portrayal of an American guitar hero who thrived simply for the next opportunity to rock.
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If you are interested in this book you must be familiar with at least some of Roy's recordings. While reading this I looked on youtube for some videos to watch. What I found was the old PBS documentary, The World's Greatest Unknown Guitarist. I saw this back when it came out and have looked for it on Amazon for years. Someone posted the show in three parts on youtube. Pretty poor video quality but what a great show and an excellent compliment to this book. We are all familiar with Roy's exciting lead style, the speed and intensity and the finger gymnastics, but there are a few samples in this show that really show the depth of Roy. There is a scene of him noodling in his parents' yard this really shows his imagination. There is a scene where he plays with Mundel Lowe's band with Mundel sitting about two feet away while Roy plays a beautiful piece in Mundel's style. There's also a jam with Merle Haggard where Roy pays tribute to Roy Nichols, Merle's longtime sideman and important country guitarist. These videos give some nice context to some comments in the book. Several people say there how the best they heard Roy play was just sitting around playing to himself. Another good example is the long solo jam on the Sweet Dreams anthology. It is the last song on disc two. Very nice.
There have been times in Roy's recordings where he would seem to be going along nicely and then explode into some virtuoso thing that in context seemed inappropriate. Just a feeling and my opinion. I always thought this was due to poor taste on Roy's part but after reading this book I now believe it was just Roy, the people pleaser, giving the listeners what he thought they wanted: speed and flash. And truly a lot of his fans come for that. But a little research shows that Roy was much more than that. I thank the author of this book for a great job and helping me to understand Roy better.
Fast forward a few years to when I learned that RB had passed away. As I said - I was a fan and had been soaking up everything I could about guitars and guitarists, yet I had read very little about RB in all those years. I bought the albums, but very rarely found anything written about the man - and when I did read anything about him, it usually concerned his technique or was a music review. Like others, I often wondered why a player of Roy Buchanan's immense talent never made it big. One of the things that always frustrated me was that Roy Buchanan's studio recordings never seemed to capture the fire and excitement of his live performances. Now I think I know why. (For that lesson alone - the truth about the recording business and how artists are "handled" - this book should be required reading for any budding guitarist who dreams of someday signing a recording contract.) In any event, when I learned that RB had died, my reaction was: "what a sad, sad day and what a tragic loss."
Now, thanks to Mr. Carson - I finally feel like I have the beginnings of an understanding regarding this amazing musician - not just the facts of his life, but the influences and, yes, even the demons, that contributed to forming the man and, to a certain extent, the legend. Carson is obviously a fan, but, in my humble opinion, he didn't let that cloud his judgement - there's no slant here one way or the other. To the contrary, Carson does a great job of telling the story of a shy, (sometimes) reserved man who just happened to have perfect pitch, love music, and who worked his ass off to become an expert at what he loved: playing the guitar. RB's life is portrayed by one who obviously studied and mastered his subject matter, and then just told the story - and told it well - warts and all.
If this was just another book about a rock star (tough youth, toured forever, made it big, dies tragically) this book would probably be worthy of a couple of stars. However, as another reviewer said, Carson's book is more than just a biography of a rock musician - it is the story of a life. As such, it reveals much of what makes being human a sometimes comic and sometimes tragic experience - in short, it reveals much about what we all have in common as humans making our way in life. Along the way, Carson also gives us a rich glimpse into life at those times, into what it is to be a musician who gigs to pay the bills and feed the kids (and the temptations and dangers inherent in that lifestyle), and into the harsh realisms of the world of rock n'roll. There is a lot of material here, and also some valuable lessons. I have read many biographies and auto-biographies about many, many people - including many guitarists and rock musicians. Roy Buchanan: American Axe is, by far, one of the best I have ever read! I have no reservations in giving this book five stars - I just wish I could give it more.