Guitar

An American Life
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Author(s): Tim Brookes
Original Publish Date: Dec 01, 2007
Product Number: EB00645457
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781555846138
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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Description

From humble folk instrument to American icon, the story of the guitar is told in this "exceptionally well-written" memoir by the NPR commentator (Guitar Player). In this blend of personal memoir and cultural history, National Public Radio commentator Tim Brookes narrates the long and winding history of the guitar in the United States as he recounts his own quest to build the perfect instrument. Pairing up with a master artisan from the Green Mountains of Vermont, Brookes learns how a perfect piece of cherry wood is hued, dovetailed, and worked on with saws, rasps, and files. He also discovers how the guitar first arrived in America with the conquistadors before being taken up by an extraordinary variety of hands: miners and society ladies, lumberjacks and presidents' wives. In time, the guitar became America's vehicle of self-expression. Nearly every immigrant group has appropriated it to tell their story. "Part history, part love song, Guitar strikes just the right chords." —Andrew Abrahams, People

All formats/editions

CD
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Author(s): Tim Brookes
Narrator(s): Tim Brookes
Product Number DD7194
Released: Sep 01, 2013
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781470893026
eAudio
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Author(s): Tim Brookes
Narrator(s): Tim Brookes
Product Number Z100097310
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483056081

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