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  • By Ellsworth Hall
    Oct 26, 2016
    An inspiring tome! As a musician myself, thanks to the insightful interviews in this tremendous book, I feel even more connected to the ubiquitous muse that connects us in creativity and emotion. I learned in its pages that Jon Anderson's earliest recollections of music were listening to Elgar's Enigma Variations. As a child I would pretend conduct to my father's classical record collection and this too was in my "playlist." I discovered that Jordan Rudess was inspired to be a rock musician by ELP's Tarkus album in which he heard the amazing timbral possibilities that synthesizers could provide; it was another feeling of synchronicity when I read about his feelings for Tarkus as it inspired me in the same way. Like many people (such as Jack Foster III) interviewed in the book that are around my age, the sounds of Big Bands reverberated in our households; Jerry Gaskill (of King's X) and his fondness for The Ventures resonated with me. Even artists whose influences may differ... More > from my own, I could still appreciate and understand the common musical gestalt that bonds the musically creative among us. Because this book has been a literary epiphany in terms of the discovery of similitude of musical experience. And quite a range of artists Mr. Hill has interviewed; from proggers Steve Hackett, Rick Wakeman, Tony Levin, Billy Sherwood, Dave Meros and Erik Norlander to fusion virtuoso Jeff Berlin to Zappa alumnus Mike Keneally to legendary songwriter Tommy James to James Lowe (The Electric Prunes) to Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick founding member) to folk/prog muse Annie Haslam to ... the list goes on and on! Kudos!!!!< Less
  • By Greg Olma
    Sep 29, 2016
    Gary Hill’s latest book takes a look at music from the artist’s point of view and delves into why they chose music as their livelihood. Along with that, we also discover the “fan” inside these musicians and we see that although many have been in the business for decades, their passion for music is still as strong as it was when they were first starting out. Many of the people in this book are new to me but not having any background knowledge did not take away from enjoying each chapter. Instead, it made me go research their music and I wanted to see if I could make out any of the influences they stated in their answers. With over 80 musicians interviewed, and many different genres, there is something for everyone. Highly recommended.
  • By Gary Hill
    Sep 29, 2016
    This is not a review, but rather a complete list of the artists interviewed in the book: Leon Alvarado Jon Anderson (Yes, ABWH and more) Allan Atkins (Judas Priest and more) Toren Atkinson (Darkest of the Hillside Thickets) Von Babasin (OnOffOn) Steve Babb (Glass Hammer) John Baker (Mars Hollow, Forever Twelve) Sylvia Bennett Jeff Berlin Robert Berry (December People and more) Albert Bouchard (Blue Oyster Cult and more) Gadi Caplan Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) Jackie 'Jax' Chambers (Girlschool) Clark Colborn Ben Craven Alan Davey (Hawkwind and more) Joe Deninzon (Stratospheerius) Terry Draper (Klaatu and solo) Don Falcone (Spirits Burning) Larry Fast (Synergy) Jack Foster III Paul Fredric (Asmodeus X) Jerry Gaskill (King’s X) Dominic Gaudious Randy George (Ajalon and more) Pontus Gunve Steve Hackett (Genesis and more) Ellsworth Hall (Aethellis) Annie Haslam (Renaissance and solo) David Hayes Scott Heller (OSC) Jim Henriques (ScienceNV) Tracy Hitchings (Landmarq...) Simon House... More > (Hawkwind...) Steve Huston (Head East) Tommy James Mark Jansen (Epica) Percy Jones (Brand X...) Mike Keneally Larry Kirwan (Black 47) Mike Konopka (Pentwater) Sonja Kristina (Curved Air...) Bert Lams (California Guitar Trio) Nathaniel Land Lana Lane John Lawton (Uriah Heep and more) Ian Tetrahedron LeBlanc (Aberrations) Jaymz Lennfield (Beatallica) Ted Leonard (Enchant, Spock’s Beard...) Tony Levin (King Crimson...) Greg Lounsberry (Canvas...) James Lowe (Electric Prunes) Scott McGill (Hand Farm...) Dave Meros (Spock’s Beard) Derek Moore (Nektar) Scott Mosher (Oceans of Night) Hideyo Moriya (California Guitar Trio) Ian Narcissi Steve Nardelli (Syn) Dale Nickey Clive Nolan (Arena...) Erik Norlander (Rocket Scientists...) John Pierpoint (1912) Doug Rausch (Rausch) Paul Richards (California Guitar Trio) Robbi Robb (3rd Ear Experience) Jordan Rudess (Dixie Dregs, Dream Theater) Tim Russ Salim Ghazi Saeedi Fred Schendel (Glass Hammer) Don Schiff (Rocket Scientists...) Adrian Shaw (Hawklords, Bevis Frond...) Jeff Sherman (Glass...) Billy Sherwood (Yes...) Sparky Simmons (Acid FM, Space Mirrors) Victor Smolski (Rage) James Lee Stanley Steve Swindells (Hawklords and more) Michael Tafoya (Boyzz, Tafoya’s Lost Boyzz) Steve Tassler (Starcastle) Colin Tench (Corvus Stone and more) Joseph Vargo (Nox Arcana) Peter "Peavy" Wagner (Rage) Rick Wakeman (Yes, Strawbs and more) Tony Waldman (Edensong) Gary Wehrkamp (Shadow Gallery and more)< Less
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First Edition
Music Street Journal
September 26, 2016
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.57 lbs.
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