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State of the Axe : Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words - Ralph Gibson

State of the Axe

Guitar Masters in Photographs and Words

By: Ralph Gibson, Anne Wilkes Tucker (Foreword by), Les Paul (Preface by)

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In this appealing book, acclaimed photographer Ralph Gibson offers more than sixty intimate black-and-white portraits of guitar masters playing their instruments. Focusing his expert lens on musicians who have lent their unmistakable voices to virtually every musical genre--jazz, funk, rock, acoustic, blues, fusion, classical, and experimental--Gibson reveals in each photograph the intense relationship of the player with his beloved "axe." The musicians in turn offer individual meditations on the guitar and insights into the passion they share for it. "State of the Axe" features guitarists across several generations, from early jazz greats to hip modern rockers, as they play their widely varied guitars, including traditional six-strings, double necks, ten-strings, and fretless models. Gibson's images capture the enduring appeal of the instrument and the intense, often rapturous expressions of those who pick, strum, amp, bottleneck, and bow the axe. Fusing his own passions for photography and music, Gibson generates a rhythm of words and images that creates a compelling view of the "state of the axe" today. Among the featured artists: Adrian BelewNels ClineJim HallMary HalvorsonAllan HoldsworthBill FrisellJohn McGlaughlinLou ReedJohn ScofieldMike SternAndy SummersJames Blood Ulmer

Forewordp. 9
Prefacep. 11
Introductionp. 13
Guitar Masters in Photographs and Wordsp. 15
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ISBN: 9780300142112
ISBN-10: 0300142110
Series: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 184
Published: 2nd September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 29.8 x 21.0  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.04