Electric Guitarists & Bassists Volume 1 (March 2023)

The first volume of 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.

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by Nick Awde


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.

Interviews include:

Barry Adamson (Magazine, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds), Colin Bass (Camel), Ben Christo (Sisters of Mercy), Zal Cleminson (Sensational Alex Harvey Band), Gail Ann Dorsey (David Bowie, Lenny Kravitz), John Ellis (The Vibrators, The Stranglers), Andy Fairweather Low (Amen Corner, Roger Waters), Dave Gregory (XTC, Big Big Train), Dave Hill (Slade), Steve Howe (Yes), Jakko Jakszyk (King Crimson), Knox (The Vibrators), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), Ray Russell (session supremo), Chris Spedding (session supremo), and Gary Tibbs (The Vibrators, Roxy Music).

David Cousins (Strawbs) offers the perspective of an acoustic guitarist working in an electric band, and Jason How talks about Rotosound strings.

The focus is on British guitarists and bassists and takes a chronological sweep from the beginnings of electric rock in post-War Britain 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.

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NICK AWDE is co-director of Alhambra Live, a grassroots music venue in Morecambe, UK. He’s also a journalist, playwright, editor, critic and producer – he was international editor for The Stage newspaper and co-founder of TheatreGuide London, and worked for many years for The Voice and New Journal newspapers. He has written, illustrated or edited more than 60 books including: Mellotron: The Machine and the Musicians That Revolutionised Rock, Singer-Songwriters Vol 1, Singer-Songwriters Vol 2, 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) – he also translates plays by other writers. 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)’. Much of his work focuses on ethnoconflict and language/cultural genocide.

• 320pp • £24.99 • PBK • ISBN 9781908755377 • Forthcoming from Desert Hearts, March 24, 2023