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13 March 2015

Steve Howe Featured in New Book about Guitar Player Magazine

Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Magazine EverGuitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Magazine Ever is a reflection on Guitar Player‘s often pioneering early days, from its 1967 founding through its 1989 sale by founder Bud Eastman and editor/publisher Jim Crockett. This book looks at the magazines evolution from a 40-page semi-monthly to a monthly exceeding 200 pages, with a gross yearly income that grew from $40,000 to nearly $15 million.

The story is told by many people important to Guitar Player‘s history, including Maxine Eastman, Bud Eastman’s widow, and Crockett, who edited this book with his daughter Dara. Also here are recollections of key personnel, including Tom Wheeler, Jas Obrecht, Roger Siminoff, Mike Varney, Jon Sievert, George Gruhn, and Robb Lawrence; leading early advertisers, such as Martin, Randall, and Fender; and prominent guitar players featured in the magazine, including Joe Perry, George Benson, Pat Travers, Country Joe McDonald, Pat Metheny, Steve Howe, Lee Ritenour, Johnny Winter, Steve Morse, Larry Coryell, Michael Lorimer, John McLaughlin, Stanley Clarke, Liona Boyd, Steve Vai, and many others.

Among the many illustrations are then-and-now shots of performers and staff, early ads, behind-the-scenes photos from company jam sessions (with such guests as B. B. King and Chick Corea), various fascinating events, and key issue covers. Rich in history and perspective, Guitar Player: The Inside Story of the First Two Decades of the Most Successful Guitar Magazine Ever is the definitive first-person chronicle of a music magazine’s golden age.

Special offer for Steve Howe fans: 25% off the cover price plus free domestic shipping (least expensive method) when you order at guitarplayer.halleonardbooks.com! Use the ad code BBHL at checkout.

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3 Responses

  1. Brien Comerford

    There is so much to love about Steve Howe. His masterful, flawless and spellbinding live performances. His incredible solo Cd’s that are all truly brilliant. His love for his wife and his family. Just a great person and an iconic guitarist.

  2. Bob Savage

    Steve – If you are ever in Dayton, Ohio, stop by and play a tune on my all original 1960 Gibson ES-335 td blonde guitar, which I purchased new in 1960 and has sat pretty idle since 1965 (awesome condition). She is really sweet coming through my Fender all tube original 1960 Bandmaster amp. Used to do gigs with my other Fender guitar, but am getting older now. Rock on brother!

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