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Backbeat Books introduces Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

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Backbeat Books, publisher of books for performers and fans who are passionate about music, has published Flying V, Explorer, Firebird.

Backbeat Books Flying V, Explorer, Firebird

In this new book, venerable music author Tony Bacon shows how a trio of radical guitar designs triumphed over commercial failure to inspire a new generation of makers and players to become the look of choice for the modern metal guitarist.

Until the launch of the Flying V and Explorer in 1958, electric guitars were supposed to look like…guitars. Suddenly, Gibson turned conventional design upside down, almost literally, by using straight lines and angular body shapes, changing the way electrics could look and, in the process, creating a set of rare future collectables.

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird tells the story of those first peculiar instruments and goes on to describe Gibson’s second attempt at nonstandard designs with the Firebird of the early ’60s. The book shows how most of these were a commercial failure at first and goes on to detail the influence of the designs on guitar-makers such as Hamer, Jackson, Dean, Ibanez, and BC Rich, all of whom embraced Gibson’s original weird-is-good design ethic. In parallel with the story of the makers is an absorbing account of the players who discovered these odd-shaped instruments, including Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Edge (U2), and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick).

Exclusive interviews with players like Billy Gibbons, Michael Schenker, K.K. Downing, Johnny Winter and more illuminate the story of this fascinating assortment of electric guitar innovations, alongside specially commissioned images of every key model and brand and an enviable collection of guitar memorabilia, plus a gallery of leading guitarists photographed in action with their instruments. If it’s weird and has strings, it’s in Flying V, Explorer, Firebird.

Flying V, Explorer, Firebird is available to purchase from Hal Leonard Books, priced at $24.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard Books

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Backbeat Books introduces The Funky Bass Book

Backbeat Books The Funky Bass Book

Backbeat Books has published The Funky Bass Book, a collection of funked-up wisdom and inspiration for bass guitar in partnership with Bass Player Magazine.

Edited by Bill Leigh, former editor of Bass Player Magazine and with a foreword by the always entertaining Bootsy Collins, The Funky Bass Book is part history, part wisdom, and part inspiration from the roots of R & B, soul, and funk to the flame-tending funkateers of hip-hop, neo-soul, and gospel of today. With interviews and analyses from both groundbreaking old-school innovators and ongoing revolutionaries – players like Larry Graham, Anthony Jackson, Chuck Rainey, Bootsy Collins, Stanley Clarke, Victor Wooten, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Andrew Gouche – the secrets of how to take a groove and make it funky are revealed.

The Funky Bass Book is written in chronological sections, beginning with The Funky Founders in the 1960’s and continuing through the 70’s and 80’s as the Funk Bass Flourishes before entering the 90’s through today covering the Modern Funk Bass. In-depth interviews with the players reveal a first-hand account of the evolution of funk bass playing. Throughout the book, sidebars called “Deep Cuts” point readers to recorded tracks that illuminate the text with examples and insights about the playing or the actual recording sessions.

For bass players, musicians, historians, and music fans, The Funky Bass Book digs deep into the grooves that have moved generations, illuminating what lies at the heart of funk.

The Funky Bass Book is available to purchase from Hal Leonard for $14.99 USD.

More information: Hal Leonard

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