John Engel Uncommon Sound

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Uncommon Sound

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This massive 920-page anthology explores popular music in all its guises through these 'wrong-sided' musicians - an unusual yet surprisingly coherent perspective. It is an exhaustively researched and richly illustrated collection of 150 in-depth artist portraits: mavericks and legendary artists that represent musical genres from all over the world, including folk, blues, jazz, rock, reggae, pop, punk, metal, R&B, country, and other forms like salsa, bossa, samba, Hawaiian, rai, shaabi, gnawa, gypsy, and flamenco. UNCOMMON SOUND is presented as a luxury two-volume set, totaling 920 pages, housed in a striking full-color slipcase and accompanied by an exclusive 20-track music CD. It is the first book to look at music from this angle, and does so with enough insight and detail to captivate diehard fans, and enough entertaining storytelling to make it a page-turner for the most casual music buff. The featured artists include Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Tony Iommi, Seal, John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants), Beeb Birtles (Little River Band), Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Albert King, Otis Rush, Eddy Clearwater, Babyface, Bobby Womack, Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire), Jimmy Cliff, Ali and Robin Campbell (UB40), Bill Jennings, Billy Mackel, Jonathan Butler, Elizabeth Cotten, Dan Seals, and many more. Mark Knopfler and Danny Gatton, two remarkable lefties that play right-handed, are also featured. Besides boasting more than 1,500 photographs, many drawn from the performers own archives, UNCOMMON SOUND also contains 150 pages (a whole books worth) displaying rare left-handed guitars: hundreds of exquisite instruments photographed especially for this book in nine countries on four continents.

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"This book is a celebration of all music, one of the things that humans do best. It’s about pain and triumph, struggle and beauty, individuality and solidarity," says author John Engel. "It illustrates the complexity of the creative process. By stepping away from the norm and fashioning a unique relationship to their instrument, and to music as a whole, left-handed guitar players symbolize the unique music maker in all of us."

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What is it about left-handed guitar players? Is there some magic connection between Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Danny Gatton and Dick Dale? In Uncommon Sound John Engel takes a breathtaking in-depth look at some of the most remarkable musicians to have shaped popular music over the past 50 years or so.

What do they have in common? Stylistically, practically nothing. But already by holding their guitar the "wrong" way, they epitomize the unbridled, non-conformist spirit of popular music. Engel has tapped into probably the broadest range of musicians to ever find themselves in the same book; and their uncommon sound is a tribute to all music makers. They range from incomparable rock guitarist Mark Knopfler to Argentine folk hero Atahualpa Yupanqui, and from Hawaiian slack-key master James Pahinui to new-jazz virtuoso Joseph Carter III. Many are already guitar icons. Others are "musicians’ musicians," the unsung heroes that shaped whole genres.

This hefty tome dispels many of the myths that have grown up around these guitarists through interviews done specifically for the book. Along the way, many surprising facts are thrown up – such as the numbers of left-handed guitarists playing right-handed instruments and even the right-handed players that learned to play left-handed.

But one thing many share is the ability to take an unusual gift and turn it into some of the most exciting and challenging music of our age. Engel’s detailed accounts bring us on a series of personal journeys to the very heart of the music that shaped a century.

Michael Leahy editor, A-Lyric.com

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