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Roy Buchanan : American axe
Carson, Phil.
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Publication Information:
San Francisco : Backbeat Books ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the US and Canada by Publisher's Group West ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed to the music trade in the US and Canada by H. Leonard, 2001.
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vi, 282 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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ML419.B83 C37 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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(Book). Roy Buchanan was a "guitarist's guitarist" who shunned fame for a musical odyssey on America's roadhouse circuit with his battered Telecaster melding blues, country, jazz and rock like no player before or since. This is a compelling road trip through the gritty world of honky tonks and beer joints where this enigmatic journeyman preferred to play. Readers meet the biggest names in pop music and legions of unknowns along the way, from the dawn of rock 'n' roll to Buchanan's puzzling death in 1988. "We just sat there aghast ... It was some of the best playing I've ever heard ... He defied all the laws of verse-chorus-verse and just blazed." Jeff Beck "Roy was one of the creators in the pioneering of unusual sounds. It seemed as though I was hearing them come first from Roy Buchanan." Les Paul

Table of Contents

Introductionp. v
1 From Smith's Creek to the Promised Landp. 1
2 Learning to Soarp. 14
3 Hitting the Roadp. 26
4 Farther on Up the Roadp. 40
5 Flying with the Hawksp. 52
6 Exile at Homep. 77
7 The Cruciblep. 103
8 Stepping into the Lightp. 131
9 A Street Called Straightp. 160
10 Lost in the Wildernessp. 183
11 Catching an Alligatorp. 209
12 Sunset over Broadwayp. 237
Epiloguep. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 261
Discographyp. 264
Bibliographyp. 267
Photo and Lyric Creditsp. 276
Indexp. 277