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.”

Find My First Guitar here: http://souvenirpress.co.uk/product/my-first-guitar/ 

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The Day a Team Died – 60th Anniversary

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Munich air disaster.

Returning from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade the plane carrying Manchester United’s Busby Babes stopped at Munich airport to refuel. On its third attempt to take-off in atrocious weather conditions the plane veered off the runway, crashed and burst into flames. 21 people died, 8 members of the legendary team among them (including Duncan Edwards), and Sir Matt Busby was rushed to hospital in critical condition. The greatest British football team of their generation was destroyed.

Munich was a defining moment not only for Manchester United but was one of those historic days, such as the death of JFK, when everyone alive at the time can remember where they were when they heard the terrible news.

Frank Taylor was the only journalist on the plane that night to survive and during his hospitalization wrote this book, revising it extensively 25 years later to include all the subsequent knowledge about the crash. The Day A Team Died is the product of his work.

“My greatest treasure now is a copy of The Day A Team Died, by Frank Taylor. I cried floods of tears when I first read it, and every time on re-reading. It should be compulsory reading for modern-day footballers.”

‘Daily Telegraph’

 

“(This) minute-by-minute eye-witness account of that fateful take-off and dreadful aftermath remains the definitive record, written when it was still painfully fresh… his epitaph to those who perished on that freezing afternoon lives on.”

‘Independent on Sunday’

 

“Serves simply to remind us what a fine writer the late Taylor was… Taylor’s sparse, pity-free eyewitness account is a captivating read.”

‘Observer’

Find the 60th anniversary edition of The Day A Team Died here: http://souvenirpress.co.uk/product/the-day-a-team-died-2/

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Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life

Two centuries after his death Alexander Hamilton is headline news again.

He is one of the most compelling of America’s Founding Fathers, an orphan who came to America with little but ambition. He went on to become a General in the Revolutionary War, created the US’s financial system and is immortalised on the $10 bill.

Hamilton’s life is fascinating, and it can serve as an example to us all. For anyone interested in success, romance, money, honour or duelling Hamilton has worthwhile advice.

In the run-up to Hamilton coming to the West End, we are launching a giveaway on Goodreads about an excellent book published in a few weeks time – Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life by Jeff Wilser. We are giving away a copy each to ten lucky winners.

Enter our giveaway here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/262130-alexander-hamilton-s-guide-to-life

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Hamilton on Goodreads

Two centuries after his death Alexander Hamilton is headline news again.

He is one of the most compelling of America’s Founding Fathers, an orphan who came to America with little but ambition. He went on to become a General in the Revolutionary War, created the US’s financial system and is immortalised on the $10 bill.

Hamilton’s life is fascinating, and it can serve as an example to us all. For anyone interested in success, romance, money, honour or duelling Hamilton has worthwhile advice.

With Hamilton the musical coming to the West End in early December, there has never been more interest in this important and lively figure. From 3rd of November to the 24th we will be giving away a copy each of the new book to ten lucky winners.

Find us on Goodreads here: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/262130-alexander-hamilton-s-guide-to-life

Find more about Alexander Hamilton’s Guide to Life here: http://souvenirpress.co.uk/product/alexander-hamiltons-guide-to-life/

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Change The Story of Your Health

The story of our health is more in our control than we might think. We can not only reframe our experiences but actually achieve less stress, a sense of well-being and better physical health if we are willing to identify our health story and start to rewrite it.

Through Carl Greer’s journaling exercises and expanded-awareness practices, anyone can tap into hidden resources for healing. Readers will learn how to let go of obstacles, change their habits, release what is no longer serving them, and bring in what they need to experience greater wellness.

Discover practical ways to interact with nature, and work with dreams, your inner healer, your symptoms, and more. Whether you are dealing with aging, unexpected health challenges or ongoing concerns, you will find the tools for writing and bringing to life a new health story.

Discover self-healing practices from alternative medical traditions that will transform your health and well-being.

Change The Story of Your Health by Carl Greer is out now! Find it here: http://bit.ly/2ym3CWm

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Horse Gaits is out now!

Susan Harris’ Horse Gaits, Balance and Movement was published last week and is available now. It is the essential guide to using the principles of good horse movement as the basis for riding and training.

Horses are born to move – a foal can walk, trop and gallop within hours of birth. But not all horses move equally well and the way a horse moves can have a real impact on how you ride. In Horse Gaits, Susan Harris presents more than 300 eye-opening drawings that show you exactly how horses move. She illustrates movement common to all horses, pinpoints movement problems, reveals how a human in the saddle affects a horse’s movement and helps you become a better, more accomplished rider.

Illustrated with 300 colour drawings that show exactly how horses move, illustrating movements common to all horses and pinpointing movement problems. Everything a rider needs to become better and more accomplished.

Horse Gaits focuses on what is common and natural to all breeds of horses, appeals to everyone involved with horses from riders, trainers and, even, competition judges.

‘It is … revolutionary and marvellously illustrated.’

Jilly Cooper, author of Riders

Find Horse Gaits here: http://bit.ly/2fi3fBk

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Nagasaki by Susan Southard

On August 9th, 1945, the US dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

It killed a third of the population instantly, and the survivors, or hibakusha, would be affected by the life-altering medical conditions caused by the radiation for the rest of their lives. They were also marked with the stigma of their exposure to radiation, and fears of the consequences for their children.

Nagasaki follows the previously unknown stories of five survivors and their families, from 1945 to the present day. It captures the full range of pain, fear, bravery and compassion unleashed by the destruction of a city.

We are very excited to see an excellent review of Nagasaki in the TLS. Claire Kohda Hazelton writes that Nagasaki is ‘Beautifully written, unwavering in its confrontation with suffering, and without any censoring of survivors’ accounts, Nagasaki ensures that Taniguchi’s and other hibakusha’s voices are not forgotten.’

As well as these glowing reviews, Nagasaki has received other important endorsements. Jeremy Corbyn wrote: “Susan Southard’s remarkable book… This is indeed a topical but enduringly relevant testament and one that should be read as widely as possible.”

You can find the Nagasaki here: http://bit.ly/1ON1Iip

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