Whilst the electric guitar has been used in popular music since the 1930s, it was arguably the players of the 1970s that really showed the world how far we can go with this instrument. Presented by Guitar Player magazine, one of the world’s best-selling musical instrument publications; this informative guide to players of this era is brimming with interviews conducted over the past 4 decades. Whilst many similar books focus specifically on the classic rock players, “Guitar Heroes Of The 70s” is an expansive look at a huge range of players, from Jimmy Page to Pat Martino.
The book starts with a foreword by none other than Steve Lukather of Toto, who delves into his personal influences and how they inspired him as a young guitarist. It’s great to hear these words from such an established musician, and speaks volumes about the guitar giants that came out of this magical period for music. Whilst there has always been praise for the talented, it was the 1970s that gave birth to a wave of guitar heroes – players that stunned crowds around the world with their phrasing, sound effects and technique.
Guitar Heroes Of The ‘70s boasts no more than 40 interviews with guitarists of household name levels of fame. From classic rock cats like Brian May and Jeff Beck to mind-boggling jazz masters like Al Di Meola and John McLaughlin – this book has it all. There are features with alternative guitar heroes too, from the progressive wizardry of Robert Fripp and Dave Gilmour to the slide guitar skills of Ry Cooder, all spilling the beans on how they became so accomplished at what they do and achieve that sound. There are tips on phrasing, guitar gear and how to practice – everything the modern guitar player needs to hear from the people you need to hear it from
Each interview is also followed by “Dy-No-Mite Disc” recommendations for that artist, providing readers with reference points. Armed with the theory, technical tips and artist’s own words on their music - Guitar Heroes Of The ‘70s makes an informative read. In a way it is like a ‘best of’ from a renowned publication that was launched back in 1967. These are interviews from the Guitar Player archive with artists early on in their career or in their prime, conducted over the seventies – adding to the vintage feel of the book.
With rare interviews from artists as classic as Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, this book offers insights into the minds of many great guitar players and gives the reader more than enough background to interpret over a hundred tips of the trade.