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The History of Rock in Fifty Guitars
The History of Rock in Fifty Guitars

The History of Rock in Fifty Guitars


192 Pages, 6.75 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $33.95)

Publication Date: December 2016

ISBN 9780750969888

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Dec 2016)

Price: $24.95


A beautifully illustrated history of rock told through 50 iconic guitars

Popular music in the 1920s called out for a guitar sound that was more dominant. Early experiments with steel cones or resonators, Hawaiian electric guitars, and the first Electric Spanish style 6-string guitar in 1936 made musicians suddenly realize that it was possible to produce notes that could be amplified to any desired volume, and this gave birth to the new less restrained style of playing. Finally the guitar could take the lead part, and as rock music evolved, the guitar was a natural choice of instrument. This stunning book traces the development of the instrument and the artists who achieved fame with it over seven decades, from Bill Haley to Jimi Hendrix.


"[A] wonderful, photo-packed, decade-by-decade stroll through the instruments and the artists—from Bill Haley to Jimi Hendrix—who elevated the guitar to prominence in popular music." —

"will enthrall guitar aficionados and music buffs."  —Entertainment Report

Author Biography

Bruce Wexler has written books of American cultural history including The Hatfields and the McCoys, The Wild West Catalog, and The Illustrated Directory of Muscle Cars.