One Long Tune: The Life and Music of Lenny Breau
Chet Atkins called Lenny Breau (1941-1984) "the greatest guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth." Breau's astonishing virtuosity influenced countless performers, but unfortunately it came at the expense of his personal relationships. Forbes-Roberts analyzes Breau and his recordings to reveal an enormously gifted man and the inner workings of his music."[A] thorough and fascinating biography, which includes a discography and analysis of Breau's recordings."-Toronto Globe and Mail "Forbes-Roberts does a credible job of depicting the variables that fostered Breau's total devotion to his instrument and subsequent descent into heroin addiction. Where Forbes-Roberts does his best work though, is in his technical explanations of Breau's unique guitar system and his comprehensive critical analyses of the artist's recording sessions."-All About Jazz"Forbes-Roberts walks the line between adulation and research, music nerd and general interest reporter, with aplomb, and most importantly delivers a very readable account of a personality most readers should find endearing (if heartbreaking), even if they'd never previously heard of Breau."-Boston Phoenix"The author has delivered a comprehensive, well-written book that evokes both sympathy and admiration for [Breau], with painstaking documentation of his technical approach."-The Toronto StarAbout the Author: RON FORBES-ROBERTS is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor to Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is a career musician with a degree in classical guitar and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. GENE LEES's many important books on jazz include Cats of Any Color: Jazz Black and White.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
Lenny Breau was perhaps the most gifted guitarist the world has ever produced. That was also the only thing he could do. A kind and gentle soul, he also suffered from crippling battles with drug abuse, an over bearing father, and a rocky relationship which, according to the author, most likely culminated in his (unsolved) murder in 1984. Buried in an unmarked grave in Los Angeles, he is largely forgotten outside of the jazz guitar community. This book finally gives the most complete picture of the man the late Chet Atkins described as "the greatest guitarist in the world..."
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This is the best music biography I've ever read.
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