My First Guitar

We’re very excited to publish My First Guitar by Julia Crowe today. In My First Guitar the world’s greatest guitarists reveal the stories behind the first six-string that fed their lifelong passion.

“Just how does anyone become so passionate about the guitar that they cannot imagine a life without it? Where does it all begin? I wanted to know how guitarists came into owning their first guitar and what made them realise they had found their life’s work.”

Julia Crowe is a musician who has released several albums of solo instrumental works for the guitar and the founder of TheGuitar webzine, she has interviewed a Who’s Who of the world’s greatest guitarists, in all genres and playing styles, among them:

Jimmy Page                 Lee Ranaldo                Tom Morello

Richard Thompson      Roger McGuinn        Ralph Towner           Pat Metheny

Peter Frampton           Albert Lee  Joe Satriani   Carlos Santana

Benjamin Verdery          Scotty Moore          Joshco Stephan           Tracii Guns

“Collecting these tales has been admittedly addictive because each story is as unique, compelling and illuminating as the performer… My intent was simple – to ask the artists to speak for themselves.”

Crossing a vast array of genres, showing the common experience of all guitarists, Julia Crowe offers intimate and deeply human insights into a musician’s beginnings as her interviewees recall their first instrument and share their memories of the   inspiration, challenges, and successes of those early days.

Jimmy Page remembers “a Spanish guitar but it was steel-strung. A round-hole guitar… It was there and it was out of tune.” Jimmie Vaughan’s first was “an old Kraftsman flat top guitar with four strings on it – the E and the B strings were broken” and he gave his younger brother, Stevie Ray Vaughan, a Telecaster. Tom Morello bought a Kay guitar for $50 when he was 13, “the cheapest guitar with the most knobs”: “That Kay guitar is sitting in the closet now at my mom’s, surrounded by some of my platinum records.”

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