A brash and dazzling celebration of the instruments that created
the sounds of rock and roll from the 1940s to the present day Play
It Loud celebrates the musical instruments that gave rock and roll
its signature sound-from Louis Jordan's alto saxophone and John
Lennon's Rickenbacker to the drum set owned by Metallica's Lars
Ulrich, Lady Gaga's keytar, and beyond. Seven engrossing essays by
veteran music journalists and scholars discuss the technical
developments that fostered rock's seductive riffs and driving
rhythms, the thrilling innovations musicians have devised to
achieve unique effects, and the visual impact their instruments
have had. Abundant photographs depict rock's most iconic
instruments-including Jerry Lee Lewis's baby grand piano, Chuck
Berry's Gibson ES-350T guitar, Bootsy Collins's star-shaped bass,
Keith Moon's drum set, and the white Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix
played at Woodstock-as works of art in their own right. Produced in
collaboration with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this
astounding book goes behind the music to offer a rare and in-depth
look at the instruments that inspired the musicians and made
possible the songs we know and love.
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