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The Music That Maton Made - Barry Divola

Hardcover Published: 2nd May 2016
ISBN: 9781925321364
Number Of Pages: 392

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From a small backyard workshop on the outskirts of Melbourne, Maton Guitars has grown into a truly inspiring Australian success story.

In 1946, Bill May crafted a guitar in his Melbourne garage that he wanted the world to hear and to play. In a matter of years, it was in the hands of Elvis Presley on film. Later, a Maton played the riff that defined a generation on the Rolling Stones' 'Gimme Shelter'. Today, Maton are an essential part of music culture in Australia and around the world.

This is not only a book for guitar lovers - it's an intimate family history and an essential part of Australian music history. Compiling over ten years of research, and over two years in production, this book is as well-crafted and family-owned as Maton guitars themselves.

Go behind-the-scenes to meet the artisan guitar makers. Read the stories behind the songs created with Maton guitars. And go backstage to meet the bands and musicians that have, with a Maton in hand, shaped our musical world.

Packed full of interviews with the greats - from jazz legend George Golla to guitar virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel; from Archie Roach, and The Wiggles, to Daniel Johns, Paul Kelly, and Josh Homme, and many more ...

Published to coincide with Maton's 70th anniversary, The Music That Maton Made is a comprehensive, full-colour tribute to a home-grown guitar range that has been embraced by famous musicians and guitar enthusiasts around the world.

Industry Reviews

`As lovingly constructed as the guitars themselves ... From the rich details of the stories behind the songs to the gorgeous photos spanning the history of rock'n'roll, this book is for gear-heads and music lovers alike.'

-- William Yeoman * The Weekend West *

`Great story, informed telling, beautifully illustrated. Like the guitars, a collector's item.' PICK OF THE WEEK

-- Steven Carroll * Sydney Morning Herald *

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The music that Maton made


Great gift especially for musicians and people who like Aussie guitarists

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The best coffee table Muso Book in ages.


Beautiful big book designed for library reference




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ISBN: 9781925321364
ISBN-10: 1925321363
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 2nd May 2016
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 27.2 x 21.8  x 4.3
Weight (kg): 1.88
Edition Number: 1

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