Marr’s Guitars


Author: Marr, Johnny Published 21/12/2023 | Hardback
253 x 327 x 29 | 2290g

ISBN: 9780500028575 Category:

‘A great book … fascinating’ Jools Holland, Later With Jools Holland, BBC2 ‘If you are even remotely interested in guitars or the geniuses that play them you have to get a copy of Marr’s Guitars. A lush, mouthwatering masterpiece of a book’ Shaun Keaveny ‘A guitar book for people ‘who wouldn’t normally have guitar books” Daily Mail ‘What a love story this book is. The electric guitar – the greatest weapon ever given to the working class’ Gary Kemp ‘Marr’s Guitars is not just a love-letter to Marr’s beloved instrument; it’s a historical reference’ Paste magazine ‘A book for Marr fans, for Smiths fans, for fans of guitars, but also for appreciators of art and photography’ SPIN ‘Eye candy for music fans of all kinds … Marr’s recollections transport the reader to a different time’ Forbes A stunning photographic presentation of the guitars that defined the distinctive sounds and style of Johnny Marr with personal reflections and insights from the legendary guitarist himself.

‘Guitars have been the obsession of my life … they’ve been a mission and sometimes a lifeline’ – Johnny Marr The guitarist’s guitarist, Johnny Marr redefined music for a generation. His ringing arpeggios and chordal innovations helped elevate The Smiths to be one of the most influential and important British bands of all time.

Tracing Marr’s career from his teenage years to his recent work on the Bond soundtrack, Marr’s Guitars showcases the most significant of Marr’s superb collection of electric and acoustic guitars, revealing through them the evolution of his iconic sound and style of playing. Each guitar is identified with a crucial moment, a specific song or a particular sound, and each embodies a key aspect of Marr’s lifelong passion.

Renowned photographer Pat Graham presents each instrument as a full portrait, supported by micro shots highlighting the specific details that make each one unique, while Johnny Marr himself reveals in his accompanying commentary on what tracks and at which shows the guitars were played. Many of the guitars are closely associated with Marr, such as the Rickenbacker 330, the Gibson ES-355 and the Johnny Marr Signature Fender Jaguar. Some were passed down to him, including Nile Rodgers’ Stratocaster, Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music Hagstrom and Bert Jansch’s Yamaha. Others are guitars once owned by Marr that have since been passed on to the next generation of guitar heroes, including the Stratocaster used by Noel Gallagher on ‘Wonderwall’ and the Gibson Les Paul Goldtop used on In Rainbows by Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien.

Punctuating the photography of the guitars and the accompanying commentary are contextual studio, backstage and onstage shots. Together, they make Marr’s Guitars a unique cultural history of modern music and guitar playing told through the prism of Johnny Marr’s experiences and achievements.

This edition of Marr’s Guitars is a casebound hardback book with printed imitation cloth and is manufactured in the UK.

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