Backbeat Books publishes The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book

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Tony Bacon The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book

Backbeat Books has announced it has published The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book, a complete history of Ibanez electric guitars by Tony Bacon.

Ibanez is arguably the most important Japanese guitar brand, and this new book tells the story of its electric guitars, tracking the fortunes of this impressive brand from its origins to today. The reader is hooked after first paragraph: “How on earth were they going to sell all these mad-looking guitars? Would they prompt Ibanez’s final plunge into guitar-making oblivion?” We all know the story has a different ending, and Tony Bacon tells it in a fascinating and captivating fashion.

The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book leads us from the early years, through the decades and on to today, from the first cheap and basic models, to the copies of leading Gibson instruments, such as the Les Pauls, SGs, and Explorers, to Steve Vai’s impressive and spectacular JEM signature models in the late ‘80s, and on to the international success of Ibanez original designs. Exclusive interviews with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, George Benson, Mick Thomson, and others illustrate Ibanez’s leading role among guitarists of many styles, from metal to pop to jazz and alternative rock. The book hinges on the game-changing development of Vai’s JEM model and its important related design, the RG, and explains the intriguing ups and downs in the history of this great modern guitar brand.

The Ibanez Electric Guitar Book is a veritable treasure: a thoroughly researched story, exclusive interviews with some of the best guitar players of our time, and a useful reference section detailing production years and specifications of all Ibanez’s electric models. The amazing gallery showing virtually every Ibanez model ever made, as well as vintage posters and pictures of famous players makes this book a must-have for any guitar enthusiast.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

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Backbeat Books publishes The Keyboard Handbook

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The Keyboard Handbook

Backbeat Books has announced that it has published The Keyboard Handbook, a step-by-step course in keyboard playing for musicians of all levels.

Beginning with the basics of posture and technique, it offers a series of more than 80 specially written exercises and covers a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles – from blues to rock, soul to funk, gospel to synth-pop.

The book helps to master even more complex styles, and the authors have built in progressive difficulty through the examples.

The Keyboard Handbook includes

  • a basic guide to reading music
  • more than 80 musical exercises showcasing a wide variety of classic and contemporary musical styles
  • expert tips on music theory, covering rhythm, scales, chords, and more
  • an introduction to MIDI technology and how synthesizers work
  • lay-flat binding for ease of use at the keyboard or with a music stand

The accompanying CD showcases a range of different electric and electronic keyboards, and features audio tracks of all of the examples shown in the book, allowing readers to work their way through each section at their own pace, while the lay-flat binding means the book is easy to use at the keyboard or with a music stand.

The Keyboard Handbook is available to purchase for $29.99 USD.

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Backbeat Books publishes The Epiphone Guitar Book

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Backbeat Books has announced it has published The Epiphone Guitar Book, the inside story of one of the world’s leading guitar makers by Walter Carter.

Backbeat Books The Epiphone Guitar Book

The epic story of Epiphone, one of the world’s oldest and most famous guitar companies, spans three centuries, from its Old World roots in the 19th century to the golden age of American guitar makers in the 20th century and onward into the global market of the new millennium.

Former staff historian Walter Carter recounts the story in The Epiphone Guitar Book, mirroring the story of American business, from an individual luthier to a family business and on to corporate ownership. This is also the story of American popular music, powered by Epiphone guitars, from the big-bodied Emperor that drove the swing bands of the 1930s to the electric hollow-bodies of the 1960s used by the Beatles, to the custom solid-body models preferred by such modern rockers as Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance).

Along the way, Carter considers the effect of new ownership by Gibson, starting in the late 1950s, and the way that Epiphone survived moves to offshore production to take on the strong individual identity it enjoys today. Beautifully illustrated with photographs of all the important Epiphone instruments and the extraordinary musicians who played them, and featuring a collector’s section that provides specifications for every Epiphone guitar made from the 1920s to the present, The Epiphone Guitar Book is the fascinating story of how a name in the world of the guitar became iconic.

The book is available to purchase for $24.99 USD.

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Backbeat Books publishes Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book

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Backbeat Books has announced Jimi Hendrix The Ultimate Lyric Book, a collection featuring never-before-seen songs, photos, and handwritten lyrics.

Jimi Hendrix The Ultimate Lyric Book

Jimi Hendrix was such an extraordinary guitarist, it is easy to forget that just as much passion, soul, and precision went into his lyrics. Inspired by Bob Dylan, Hendrix was a fearless lyrical innovator, willing to let his imagination guide him to uncharted landscapes within the pop music realm. From the existential euphoria of “I Don’t Live Today” to the elusive beauty of “Little Wing” to the psychedelic blues of “My Friend” to the otherworldly “1983 (A Merman I Should Turn to Be),” his lyrics remain among the greatest in the pantheon of rock, infused with the same inventiveness, virtuosity, and courage that informed his guitar playing.

Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book contains all the words to the Hendrix classics fans have rocked along to for years, as well as unpublished songs from “Valley of Neptune” and other previously undiscovered sources. Compiled by Jimi’s sister, Janie L. Hendrix, Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book is extraordinarily personal, and includes numerous examples of Jimi’s handwritten lyrics, often scribbled on hotel stationery, as well as photos of him that accompany every song.

Much of the material has never been seen before. “When I was a child, I was always fascinated by my brother Jimi’s handwriting,” recalled Janie Hendrix, who compiled this collection. “It was an art form in and of itself. I remember the feeling of being captivated the first time I saw his handwritten lyrics, thinking how beautiful, how complicated both the writing and the words were on paper. Even now they offer such an insight into who my brother was and is.”

Jimi Hendrix: The Ultimate Lyric Book will give fans a glimpse of the lyricist behind the songs, a songwriter whose words were just as searing as his solos.

The book is available to purchase for $40 USD.

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Electronic Musician Presents The Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums

The Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums

Backbeat Books has published Electronic Musician Presents The Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums edited by Kylee Swenson Gordon.

Culled from 10 years of the Electronic Musician, Remix, and EQ magazines’ archives, the articles in The Recording Secrets Behind 50 Great Albums will enlighten readers about the recording and songwriting techniques that helped create 50 great albums, spanning as far back as 1967 and as recent as 2011, revealing the methodology of numerous talented artists, producers, and engineers.

Ranging from such seminal classics as Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Aerosmith’s Toys in the Attic, and the Who’s Quadrophenia to recently recorded works by Danger Mouse, Foo Fighters, and Phoenix, this compilation of articles taps into the inner studio realm of a wide range of artists, crossing boundaries of era, genre, geography, and recording style. But what these articles have in common is a wealth of behind-the-scenes secrets that inform how many amazing sounds and songs were captured and constructed. Musicians craving great tips and advice to pursue their own musical dreams – as well as fans interested in how their favorite artists made their music – will find a treasure trove of stories from the long-respected music-production magazines that dug deep to capture all of the juicy recording details.

The book is available to purchase for $16.99 USD.

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