One Long Tune: The Life and Music of Lenny Breau
Mr. Guitar Chet Atkins called Lenny Breau (1941-1984) the greatest guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth. Breau began playing the instrument at age seven, and went on to master many styles, especially jazz. Between 1968 and 1983 he made a series of recordings that are among the most influential guitar albums of the century. Breau's astonishing virtuosity influenced countless performers, but unfortunately it came at the expense of his personal relationships. Despite Breau's fascinating life story and his musical importance, no full-length biography has been published until now. Forbes-Roberts has interviewed more than 175 people and closely analyzed Breau's recordings to reveal an enormously gifted man and the inner workings of his music.
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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 ... Read full review
This book opened up a whole new understanding of this wonderful musician and his music. I found it a balanced view, both of his music and his life, with lots of information and insight into both. Altogether, I found it a moving portrait that brought a kind of closeness to this gentle soul and his torments in this world. I think guitarists, especially, will find this book an illuminating read - next to that, musicians and jazz lovers.
December 1972July 1976
July 1976May 1980