Electric Guitarists & Bassists Volume 1: Electrification of the Nation

£24.99

Interviews by music writer Nick Awde with British rock guitarists and bassists, taking a chronological sweep from the Forties to the present day. They talk about making a difference through their music and how they adapt to constantly changing music landscapes. A special section covers the Brits who make the classic amps that drive the instruments.

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by Nick Awde

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The guitar and bass revolutionised music, and electricity revolutionised the guitar and bass. Here then is a book of interviews, a personal selection by music writer Nick Awde of some of the inspiring electric guitarists and bassists who have made rock music great and continue to make it great. A special section covers the Brits who make the classic amps that drive the instruments.

The focus is on British guitarists and bassists and takes a chronological sweep from the Forties to the present day. But rather than concentrate on technique, the interviews expand on how the musicians and their work and collaborations reflect growing up and creating music in the UK’s uniquely diverse melting pot of music. They talk about making a difference through their music and how they adapt to the constantly changing music landscape.

They explain the dynamics of working within a group, songwriting and recording, their reactions to creating a hit along with the slog of touring and the pressure of sessionwork. They offer insights into their backgrounds and their first breaks to help us understand how the UK’s rock guitarists and bassists learned to give their instruments such a distinctive range of voices across such a range of styles that continue to influence music throughout the rest of the world.

Interviews include: Denis Cornell (Vox, Cornell Amps), Bernie Tormé (Gillan), Bert Weedon, BJ Cole (sessionman extraordinaire), Charlie Watkins (Watkins Amps), Francis Rossi (Status Quo), Jim Marshall (Marshall Amps), Knox (The Vibrators), Vic Flick (James Bond Theme), Dave Brock (Hawkwind), Wilko Johnson (Dr Feelgood), John Wetton (Asia, King Crimson), Steve Hackett (Genesis), Dave Davies (The Kinks), Nicky Garratt (UK Subs), Chas McDevitt, Dave Hill (Slade), Martin Barre (Jethro Tull), Kavus Torabi (Cardiacs, Gong, Knifeworld).

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NICK AWDE is international editor for The Stage newspaper and co-founder of TheatreGuide London. He worked for many years for The Voice and New Journal newspapers. He is also co-director of the UK Centre of the International Theatre Institute (Unesco), and of the Other National Theatre at Morecambe’s Alhambra Theatre. He has written, illustrated or edited more than 50 books including: Mellotron: The Machine and the Musicians That Revolutionised Rock, Singer-Songwriters Volume 1, and the forthcoming volumes Finnish Rock, and Avant-Hard in the UK. As a playwright, dramatic works include Pete and Dud Come Again (with Chris Bartlett), Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Musical (book, lyrics & music), Noddy Holder’s Christmas Carol Unplugged, The Europeans (Parts 1-3). As Nick Awde & Desert Hearts, music includes the albums Blues for Blighty (Vols 1-3), Swimming in a Fish Bowl, Mellotronic Belgium Blues, avant-garde opera Belgium-737, and the EPs Selling England by the Pound, Close to the Edge b/w Meryl Streep/Rocket Man, and the single ‘European Man (I Do What I Can)’.

• 400pp • £24.99 • PBK • ISBN 9781908755377 • Published by Desert Hearts, April 20, 2020