mstrust's #6- The History of Rock in Fifty Guitars
This is a continuation of the topic mstrust's #5- Addicted to Americana.
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Hi, I'm Jennifer and I live in Phoenix.
This thread is inspired by the book of the same title. I'll be reading books about the music industry and musician bios.
As stated in my previous thread, my goals this year are to buy fewer books and to read some of the hundreds of unread books already in my house. I've put my resolutions in writing by joining the ROOT group, and I hope to read 75 books that have been on my shelves for at least 6 months. https://www.librarything.com/topic/301124
My first thread was dedicated to unusual travel spots: https://www.librarything.com/topic/301120
My second was dedicated to unusual cocktail recipes: https://www.librarything.com/topic/302908
My third thread was dedicated to gems, minerals and terribly expensive jewelry: https://www.librarything.com/topic/304444
My fourth thread was dedicated to candy joy: https://www.librarything.com/topic/305996
My fifth thread was dedicated to Americana: https://www.librarything.com/topic/307735
My threads are politics free, but high in the snark you need for healthy bones and shiny hair.
Books Read in 2019
1. Around the World in 80 Days- 4.5
2. Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide- 4.2
3. My Family and Other Animals - 4 stars
4. The Death and Resurrection of Elvis Presley-3.5
5. My Friend Dahmer- 4 stars
6. The 7 Secrets of Awakening the Highly Effective Four-Hour Giant, Today- 3 stars
7. Blood on the Boards- 3.5
8. Lumberjanes: Sink or Swim- 2 stars
9. Book Towns- 4.2
10. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea- 4
11. Nothing More Than Murder- 3
12. John Dies at the End- 5- ScaredyKit Group
13. Soulless- 3.5- February ScaredyKit Group
14. The Walking Dead Cookbook- 4 stars
15. The Twisted Ones- 4 stars
16. Hollywood Said No!- 3 stars
17. The Widow Clicquot- 3 stars
18. Handwritten Recipes- 3 stars
19. A Year in the Merde- 4 stars
20. The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs- 4 stars
21. The Murder of Helen Jewett- 3 stars- ScaredyKit Group
22. The Twits- 5 stars
23. Diamonds Are Forever- 4.2 stars
24. The Red House Mystery- 2 stars
25. The Friends of Eddie Coyle- 4 stars
26. Hotbox- 4 stars
27. Home from the Vinyl Cafe- 3.5 stars
28. Intoxica!- 4.5 stars
29. Robert Kirkman's Descent- 3 stars
30. Al Capone Does My Shirts- 4 stars
31. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian- 4 stars
32. Mental Floss presents...Be Amazing-3.5 stars
33. Under the Glacier- 3 stars
34. The Art of Tiki- 5 stars
35. More Skipper Stories- 3 stars
36. My Life in Heavy Metal- 3.5 stars
37. The Book Of Lists London- 3.5 stars
38. Say Cheese and Die- 3.5 stars
39. Thirsty- 4.5 stars
40. A Head Full of Ghosts- 4.2 stars
41. Hail to the Chin- 4 stars
42. Return to Fear Street: Drop Dead Gorgeous- 4 stars
43. Goosebumps Most Wanted: Planet of the Lawn Gnomes- 4 stars
44. Dear Boris: The Life of William Henry Pratt- 4 stars
45. Marco Polo: Canada West- 4 stars
46. Go, Mutants!- 4.2 stars
47. Harry's Bar- 3 stars
48. Guide to the National Parks of Canada- 3 stars
49. Blues of a Lifteime- 4 stars
50. The Hawaiian Lei: A Tradition of Aloha- 5 stars
51. Mucho Mojo- 4 stars
52. The Jaws Log- 4 stars
53. Fever: A Nameless Detective Novel- 3.5 stars
54. American on Purpose- 3.5 stars
55. Book Lust To Go- 4 stars
56. Tales From Beyond the Brain- 4 stars- July ScaredyKit
57. The Sharper Your Knife, The Less You Cry- 4 stars
58. AA Gill is Away- 4stars
59. Supernatural: Witch's Canyon- 4.2 stars- July ScaredyKit
60. Born on the Fourth of July- 4 stars
61. The Wounded and the Slain- 3 stars
62. Al Capone Shines My Shoes- 4 stars
63. The History of Rock in Fifty Guitars- 5 stars
64. Fireside Gothic- 4.5 stars- August ScaredyKit
65. Lemmy: The Definitive Biography- 5 stars
66. Junky- 4 stars
67. A Stab in the Dark- 4 stars
>3 SirThomas: Thanks, Thomas, good to see you here! And as my first visitor:
Go ahead and have a Les Paul.
>4 quondame: Thank you!
>5 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy, and thanks!
>6 harrygbutler: Thanks, Harry!
Oooh, I ran over to T.J. Maxx this morning to pick up a new cake pan, and they had some Halloween stuff out! Bowls, pillows, candles and glazed pumpkins... of course I bought a felt jack o' lantern and a pumpkin scented candle. By now I could build my own display of all the pumpkin scented candles I own.
Oooo, Les Paul! My first (and only) electric. Stolen by The Son when he went to college. Of course, I hadn't played it in years... 😀
Happy new thread!
Well this should be a fun stage of your threads. I hope you find some good books to rock to. I have Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace on my shelf of books to try and read this year.
Happy New Thread, Jennifer.
>3 SirThomas: Books shade it for me, but music is a close second.
>11 RBeffa: Hi, Ron! I have a whole stack of music bios including Johnny Cash, The Ramones, Lemmy, Buddy Rich and George Jones. Plus, the guitar book. Fingers crossed I get through a respectable number.
>12 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! I know what you mean. Chocolate cake makes the trifecta.
>13 rabbitprincess: Me too! They are so great, and I highly recommend "Jet Set".
Sure, I could answer a few of your questions, but your imagination is probably building an awesome story. Why ruin it?
Happy new thread, Jennifer. Where did you find only this old dusty Heino record? For decades, his songs were played on the radio.
The internet is the world's attic and there are plenty of old Heino albums up there. And a surprising amount of Donny & Marie swag.
Look, if there was ever a German hiding a gun behind a bunch of flowers...
63. The History of Rock in Fifty Guitars by Bruce Wexler. Really nice color close-ups that show the work and customizations of instruments used by the most famous guitarists and bassists. The musicians include Bill Haley, Brian Setzer, Kurt Cobain, Brian May, B.B. King, Randy Rhodes...yep, there are fifty of them. They photography is super and each guitar has a highly detailed amount of technical info about its make-up and sound quality, while the musician gets a career bio and info pertaining to their guitar preference.
Kinda surprising that some really famous musicians were left off, like Carl Perkins, Eddie Van Halen and Rick Nielson, while a couple of guys from a band called The Shadows (never heard of 'em) were included. Coolest guitar: Brian Setzer's Gretsch 66120 with it's wide body and dice control knobs. Most surprising: the Red Special Brian May has been playing for decades was made by him and his father, and the reproduction put out by Burns London is made out of basswood, which is one of the softest woods and I'd never think it would work for a guitar. 5 stars
My specialty is air guitar. Looking forward to the guitars you'll find made of cheese or whatever...
>26 FAMeulstee: Good for you, Anita.
>27 SomeGuyInVirginia: If you can balance 15 pounds of hair, you must have a neck like a linebacker.
I'm crushed. I just watched last night's iZombie and it turned out to be the series finale. I was unprepared! I barely had time to say, "Wait! I'm not ready!" But the end for Blaine and Don E. was rather delicious.
>7 mstrust: I saw a fair amount of Halloween decor already out at Michaels this week, but they haven't started their "seasonal sales" on the items yet.
>15 mstrust: Heino! Not perhaps my favorite German singer, but I do think it's cool that he had a chart-topping album in 2013. Wikipedia tells me that this year is his final year of touring (he'll be 81 this year) and that his final album is a return to Volksmusik.
>25 mstrust: Now that is true of my favorite authors and actors!
Good to know. I'll have to see if I can find myself near a Michael's tomorrow. They have new and interesting stuff every Halloween.
I did see that Heino is still performing, at least within the last few years. And his live rendition of "Rosamunde" with Andre Rieu, (what Americans recognize as "Roll Out The Barrel") produced the most deliriously happy crowd of Germans I've ever seen.
Seems like people are dropping like flies, eh? Every couple of months I google John Castle to make sure he's still alive ;-D
I had my first pumpkin spice sighting in the wild today. My grocery store is now stocking Pumpkin Spice Cheerios.
Happy new thread, Jennifer. Looking forward to see your reads on this thread and, oh yeah, the guitars!
>28 mstrust:. I know! They're like Las Vegas showgirls but for God.
>31 RidgewayGirl: It's surprising to see it this early, isn't it? Two years ago I was having to scour the city for Pumpkin Cheerios. Our local news was even mentioning Halloween last night. Everybody has had enough of this lousy summer.
>32 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg, good to see you here!
>33 SomeGuyInVirginia: The picture just looks incomplete to me. Dad should have a hair pillow on his head too.
Ha! Actually, I probably would post a pic of a cheese guitar. You know me too well.
We've made the annual trip to the baking supply store today. I have all the flavorings, cake boxes and edible glitter I need for the fair, Halloween and Christmas. I bought a couple of Christmas star cookie cutters, a goldfish and chili pepper for spicy cheese crackers, and a hatchet. You know I couldn't pass up a hatchet cookie cutter.
64. Fireside Gothic by Andrew Taylor. Subtitled: "Three tales of fear, retribution and death". The first, "Broken Voices", is set a few years before WWI. Two neglected boarding school boys who have nowhere to go are left in the care of an elderly retired teacher over the Christmas holiday. Narrated by the older boy, he tells the story of their isolation and the younger boy's desperate need to go looking around the school's cathedral in the middle of the night.
The second story is narrated by a man on the day of his sister's funeral. The siblings had been unable to get along throughout their lives, and the fact that his sister hated him even as she was dying weighs heavy on the man's mind, playing a part in his getting lost between the funeral and his hotel. Driving for hours in the rain, he has a flat tire on a backroad along the coast. He walks toward the only light he sees, and arrives at a cottage among the ruins, with the woman there making it clear she doesn't want to be bothered.
The last story is narrated by Clare. She and her husband Gerald have a nice life in the Forest of Dean. Their children are grown and on their own and Clare enjoys working in her art studio. After little communication over the years, Gerald's young nephew calls to ask if he can stay with them for a while, as he's been discharged from the army for an unspecified nervous condition, and with both his parents dead, he has nowhere else.
Taylor is an author I'll seek out more from. His stories are truly Gothic, walking a line of apprehension that the reader worries will tip into horror. His characters are often alone and grieving in their loneliness, there's rain or snow, darkness- in other words, the perfect Gothic settings. 4.5 stars
It's hard to tell, but the cover is an etching style drawing of a cat. It's Mordred, the mean cat in the first story.
I read this for the August ScaredyKit.
Yes, really. He had several albums. Actually, a pretty good voice.
The higher the hair, the closer to God.
We dropped in at Michael's and they have a lot of the Halloween stuff out, as Harry reported >29 harrygbutler:. Not all of it, as they still have some summer to move out. We were also in a Total Wine getting gifts and they had all of two brands of pumpkin beers out. Not the one I like best though.
>40 mstrust: One of the comments thought that was Conway Twitty. One more thing I'll never be able to get out of my head.
Yeah, but Conway's hair stand out like that through sheer.force.of.will.alone.
Fond of Conway Twitty but have to admit to not having heard of Wayne Cochran.
>46 SomeGuyInVirginia: >47 SomeGuyInVirginia: Looking at the size of both these noggins reminds me of Mike Myers' dad character in So I Married an Axe Murderer: "He'll be crying himself to sleep tonight on his huge pillow!"
>48 PaulCranswick: Twitty had a great voice. And a massive head of hair. Don't worry about not knowing Cochran, most Americans wouldn't have heard of him either.
65. Lemmy: The Definitive Biography by Mick Wall. Wall, a rock journalist who knew him for decades, published this soon after Lemmy's death. Part researcher and critic, but much of the material here comes from years of one on one interviews with Lemmy, bass player, singer and main songwriter of Motorhead. Wall has been around long enough that he often has the two or three sides to infamous events, such as the departures of band members or management changes. He does something which few biographers or interviewers do, which is to write about Lemmy as a real person with real character flaws, who could be arrogant and even a bit tyrannical when he believed his position was threatened. Wall and Lemmy spoke of money, drugs, and declining record sales, things that most would shy from. It's warts and all, and the best bio on the man, and the band, that I've read so far. 5 stars
I've had this on the shelf since January.
Lemmy usually played Rickenbacker basses. This is his Signature 4004LK, with a carved wood body.
:-D. I'm influential! I can't believe it!
I hope you find it as interesting as I did.
>54 tymfos: Hi, Terri! If you do, I hope you find it as enjoyable as I did. I think he does modern Gothic very well.
>55 Berly: Hi, Kim! I'm afraid I don't recognize her, but she has enough hair for a whole hair band.
We're leaving for Vegas tonight. Tomorrow is the anniversary of my dad's death so my sister will be there too, and we'll be doing our best to distract Mom. Not sure if the kids are coming. I see Frankie's Tiki Room in my future.
Frankie's! I bought one of their Tikis, the sitting Frankenstein one. Next time I go to Las Vegas I'll look the place up.
I hear you on the anniversary thing, my Dad died a year ago Aug 15. And Parker's birfdee is Aug 17. I can't believe he's going to be 5 years old.
I remember that you got the Frankenstein. Look up The Golden Tiki too, as it's owned by the same guy and they have a different mug collection.
Yeah, the anniversaries are hard for Mom. Sorry to hear that your dad's is coming up too. I hope Parker has an exceptional birthday, one of fish cakes and catnip desserts. Or just let him use your legs as a cat scratcher.
59 , Nicole: Right back atcha!
60, Larry: hot! But we've had a good day of bbq, dogs and casinos. So far my sister is the big weiner with a win of $165.
Welcome home, Jennifer - I wish you a wonderful weekend.
>51 mstrust: I don't just have acoustic memories:
A tribute to Lemmy from Sweden - good as well, but smoother than the music
I'll leave the cheese guitars to you, Jennifer, but how about a chocolate one in the meantime:
Hi everybody. Still in Vegas, no jackpots. I'll answer all your posts individually tomorrow. Hope you're having a good Sunday.
Are you in prison? Do you need us to collect bail? Not once for' yes'....
We got back late this afternoon. After unpacking and taking care of the dog, I just flopped on the couch. Five and a half hour drives are exhausting.
>62 SirThomas: Hi Thomas! That's a surprise to me, as I knew they'd made Motorhead wine but I've never heard of the whisky. Glad to hear you approve!
>63 DeltaQueen50: I'll take it! Mmmm, guitar strings...
>64 SomeGuyInVirginia: I've been going to Vegas since I was maybe six years old, and I've never been to a show. But, of course, The Misfits will be playing there next week. Dammit!
>65 Ameise1: And wishing you a good week!
>66 Carmenere: Boy, did we find a lot of stuff to do. My sister won another $300 and she was the only jackpot among us. Wasn't for lack of trying.
>68 SomeGuyInVirginia: Oh, you... I was simply neglecting everybody! Let's see, we gambled, shopped for Halloween stuff and books (I'll list my new ones tomorrow), went to the Pinball Hall of Fame, went to both Frankie's and the Fireside for cocktails, ate quite a bit of both ramen and Mexican food, and saw Julie for a whole day and a half. We were also invited to Oahu because our favorite bartender just bought a house there. Mike seemed to be planning the trip already. Oh, and Mike and I invited my sister to go with us to New England next year and had two family members unexpectedly hop onboard, so we'll see what happens with that.
66. Junky by William S. Burroughs. The autobiographical story of Lee, (the author's original pen name), a young man who begins shooting junk mainly out of boredom. The time is right around WWII. As a university graduate and with a monthly allowance from his family, Lee chose to hang out in dives and make the acquaintance of people who had access to a variety of hard drugs. Lee takes part in muggings and other ways to get money for heroin, morphine or whatever can be had. It's a bleak yet compelling story by an author who describes an awful existence of crimes, highs, withdrawals and constant running from police, and it's obvious that it's more non-fiction than fiction. 4 stars
This is a ROOT, on my shelf for two and a half years.
Nice! Did you fly back or drive? 'Mr. Penumbra's' sounds really interesting, and I can't believe I've never read a single book by Burroughs. Loved him in Drugstore Cowboy, though.
We drove as we had Coral with us and Mom always has boxes of stuff for us. I came home with seven boxes of coffee among other things, like a 15 lb bag of dog food, pineapple shaped twinkle lights, detergent, lip balm... Julie called me this morning to tell me that her box included four giant bags of Red Vines.
I haven't seen Drugstore Cowboy. I saw Kill Your Darlings from a few years ago, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and Burroughs was a character. I think he was played by Ben Foster.
I filled out the entry for the state fair this morning. I'm entering frosted brownies, Golden Pumpkin Spice Cake and spicy cheese crackers. It'll be fun getting them to the fairgrounds the day before we leave for Canada, while also packing and getting the house ready for my MIL to live here for a week. I must be a masochist.
Your may really like Drugstore the movie. It's got a great soundtrack, too. I've got the guy's original bio the book was based on, but doubt I'll read it soon because he decries his past but glorifies it, too. Own it, punk. Move on.
What are you reading now, Jennifer?
Nice book haul! Good luck on the baking contest. Those spicy cheese crackers sound really good.
Glad you had a great vacation in Vegas- Too bad you didn't win it big. Whereabouts in Canada are you visiting?
>76 SomeGuyInVirginia: I'll see if Netflix has it, or Prime. Burroughs definitely doesn't separate himself from his drugs. I think the only nod to it being supposedly fiction is that it was originally published under a pen name, but even the physical descriptions of the main character sound just like Burroughs.
I'm still reading The Stand while dipping into both Emma and Beauty Tips from Moosejaw. I have a feeling I'll add in a mystery or thriller today, 'cause it feels necessary.
Btw, have you seen the trailers for the new season of American Horror Story? 80's slasher!
>77 figsfromthistle: Thanks! Mike thinks my pumpkin cake and cheese crackers are winners, though his friend at work tried a couple and thought they were too spicy for him. Mike is on the fence about the brownies but that's because mine are cake brownies and he likes fudge brownies better. My brownies, my choice.
I tried hard to win a jackpot ;-) I played keno, poker and even played the progressives at The Gold Coast. Paaa-tooey!
We're going to Vancouver. We've been to Toronto and Montreal and always said we needed to see Vancouver. Expedia had a deal we couldn't pass up.
I'm looking forward to it too. And CW has just begun a new series called Two Sentence Horror Stories? Something like that. I've watched the first and it was good. Surprising that it's a 30 minute show rather than 60.
And Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, has a collection of her greatest coming out Friday. She's retired after 65 years in the business.
Oh man I love Rockabilly! I've just downloaded her Ultimate collection from Amazon music.
You are a man of action! Let me know what you think.
I've finished watching the new season of Stranger Things. I liked this one much more than the second season, though I'm surprised that they killed the character that they killed. I'm trying not to spoil here.
Dang it! Elvis "died" today in 1977.
I actually have this album, inheriting it from Mom.
Here's an interesting video that is the recording studio and performance of "Burning Love". Drummer Ron Tutt is featured prominently. Elvis got the best musicians and singers, even The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Downton Abbey fans, look at your local PBS schedule for Sunday night. They're having a live Q&A with the actors and fans.
And my plan is to start my Autumn/Halloween thread in three weeks. But I need to get to at least 150 posts before I can start a new thread. Got anything to say? Hopes, dreams?
I can't believe it's already mid-August! Where did the time go?
Also thanks for the heads-up re Downton Abbey -- I will tell my mum.
Princess, I was just leaving a post on your thread!
I've set my DVR for the Downton Abbey. I look forward to seeing the cast back together again.
This is John Lennon playing his 1962 J-160 E Gibson acoustic, which he played on several famous recordings, such as "Love Me Do". It was stolen from a Christmas party in 1963 and he never saw it again. 50 years later a young musician took his recent purchase in for an an expert to look at, and guess what? The auction in 2015 made it the highest price ever paid for a guitar at 2.4 million.
>88 mstrust: What an interesting and sad (for John Lennon) story. I just got some John Lennon stamps and they are lovely.
I've seen those stamps and they're such a great likeness. And now I wonder if Yoko got a cut of that guitar sale since it was stolen and she's his heir.
Just noting that the At Home stores have their Halloween stuff all out, and even had many aisles of Christmas too. Of course I bought some new Halloween decorations, as if I'd wait.
Michael's has their Halloween out, so does the 99 Cent store, and I hear Cracker Barrel and JoAnne's Fabrics do too.
I bet it's good because Halloween candy is as good, or better than, Christmas candy.
>91 mstrust: Halloween stuff?? In August? It gets earlier every year! I noticed the stores filled with Halloween stuff here too. We fell for the ads and bought a huge box of treats. I doubt there will be any left by the end of this month never mind October.
Christmas starts next week.
Is it weird that Dad always left a bottle of Scotch for Santa?
I was undergrad at Brigham Young. They had an entire floor dedicated to candy.
I mean, I like candy but 1/3 of your retail footprint means you got a candy problem.
Incredibly strong science and businesses programs though. You can make a heaven of hell and a hell of heaven. Etc, etc.
Wow, you guys give me hope that I might make it to that 150 in time!
>92 drneutron: Some people have all the luck, eh? Stealing the guitars of the famous is a thing "fans" do. Stolen drum sets are much rarer ;-)
>93 SomeGuyInVirginia: I saw it at Fry's (Kroger, Smith's) yesterday morning! They had some of the decorations out but all of the candy, so the most important stuff.
>94 SomeGuyInVirginia: I do believe that if it came down to a fight, Halloween candy would kick Christmas candy's ass.
>95 VivienneR: See? Having that Halloween candy out in August works! And you have to eat it yourself because you don't want to hand out two month old candy to the kids, do you? Unless it's something like Jolly Ranchers. You can never tell if they're fresh or years old.
>96 SomeGuyInVirginia: Dad knew what he was doing.
>97 SomeGuyInVirginia: That sounds pretty awesome. Was it your "safe place"?
>98 SomeGuyInVirginia: Or that you plan on making some hefty profits and know how to go about it. Candy ain't gonna stick around long.
>99 SomeGuyInVirginia: You can make paper dolls out of your reports...
>100 SomeGuyInVirginia: Are you gettin' all philosophical on me?
67. A Stab in the Dark by Lawrence Block. Matt Scudder is a former NY cop whose life has fallen apart. After quitting the force, separating from his wife and moving into a hotel, he spends his days in bars "maintenance drinking". That's where his detective buddy sends a man named London to find Scudder. London's daughter was murdered by The Icepick Slasher nine years before, but the recent arrest of the slasher, and his admission to all the murders except London's daughter, sends the father to Scudder, a drunk who isn't in any business now, but whose tenacity and financial need makes him take the offer.
I've yet to be disappointed by Block. This is a good hardboiled, with murder, dames and lots of drinking. 4 stars
On my shelf for six months.
I've just been running errands, went to my local Hallmark store, where they had a large-ish front display of Halloween. I was surprised that our Walgreen's had no Halloween up at all, but did have a table of pumpkin spice Kellogg's cereals.
Absolutely. He may have been the first who didn't just stand there and strum. And surely the first to physically abuse a guitar in public.
Do you listen to the "Disgraceland" podcast? Really interesting and surprising true stories of rock stars. I recently listened to the one about Keith Moon and the death of his chauffeur, but the beginning of the story mentioned how Pete Townsend started destroying his guitars onstage. Early in their career, The Who played a club and got the biggest reaction from the audience when Townsend accidentally hit the low ceiling with the neck of his guitar and debris came down. A legend was born.
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