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50 years of Fender
Bacon, Tony.
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London : Balafon, [2000]

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128 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
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ML1015.G9 B23 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize
ML1015.G9 B23 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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(Book). The first Fender guitar hit the scene 50 years ago and music hasn't been the same since! Featuring 200 color photos, this visual chronicle of the premier guitar maker charts every Fender model from 1950 to 2000, accompanied by a parallel timeline of musical highlights. The book celebrates 50 years of Telecasters, Stratocasters, Precision Basses, and other Fender instruments played by such artists as Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain and many others.

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Library Journal Review

In 1950, Leo Fender began production of the first solid-body electric guitar, and music hasn't been the same since. Celebrating the anniversary of the event, this book provides a year-by-year chronicle of the evolution of Fender and its world-famous models. Bacon highlights the process of reevaluation and reinvention, noting Fender's focus throughout each decade: visionary design work in the 1950s, technical flexibility in the 1960s, core models in the 1970s, diversification in the 1980s, and the retro craze in the 1990s. Filled with photos of album covers, ads, catalogs, memorabilia, and famous Fender-wielding musicians, this is not the definitive history of Fender (for that, see Richard R. Smith's Fender: The Sound Heard 'Round the World, Omnibus, 1996), but it does present facts in a previously unavailable format and is relatively inexpensive. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

In the beginningp. 4
The fiftiesp. 8
The sixtiesp. 30
The seventiesp. 52
The eightiesp. 74
The ninetiesp. 96
Models by yearp. 120
Indexp. 124