Guitar: An American Life (Unabridged) Audiobook

Narrated By Tim Brookes

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Length: 11 hours and 19 min.

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Blackstone Audiobooks presents Guitar: An American Life audiobook in a downloadable format. This book was written by Tim Brookes and narrated by Tim Brookes.

This version of Guitar audiobook is published in an unabridged format. That means that this is complete narration of the written book.

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from Canton, OH said on Goodreads:

Re-read of a favorite book telling the parallel stories of the history of the guitar and the building of a single custom guitar.

from Milford, PA said on Goodreads:

More guitars are sold each year than all other instruments combined. Here's a beautifully written history of how a humble folk instrument rose to dominate much of the worlds music.

from The United States said on Goodreads:

This book gave a really great history of the guitar in America & the World.

from The United States said on Goodreads:

Informative and insightful, a well illustrated (literally and figuratively) history/biography of the guitar, I really enjoyed this book. Folks who think that learning while being entertained is just fine by them will also adore this book.

from Ringwood, NJ said on Goodreads:

Swings between the process of the history of guitar and the process of the author having a custom guitar built by a private luthier. For a guitarist, this book was wonderful!

from The United States said on Goodreads:

Brookes alternates the story of the guitar in America with visits to a luthier who is building him a custom guitar. Interesting for guitar geeks.

from East Lansing, MI said on Goodreads:

Well-written history of the instrument that includes lots of anecdotes and arcane information, but also a look at the guitar's place in American music and social history. Fun and a good gift for a music lover

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What was it about a small, humble folk instrument that allowed it to become an American icon? The guitar represents freedom, the open road, protest and rebellion, the blues, youth, lost love, and sexuality. Tim Brookes explores with adoration these ideas and how they became entwined with the history of America.

Shortly before Tim Brookes' 50th birthday, baggage handlers destroyed his guitar, his 22-year-old traveling companion. His wife promised to replace it with the guitar of his dreams, but Tim discovered that a dream guitar is built, not bought. He set out to find someone to make him the perfect guitar, a quest that ended up a on a dirt road in the Green Mountains of Vermont, where an amiable curmudgeon master guitarmaker, Rick Davis, took a rare piece of cherry wood and went to work with saws and rasps.

Meanwhile, Tim set out to write a kind of chronicle of the guitar, as he said, "not a catalog of makes and models, nor a genealogy of celebrities, but an attempt to understand this curious relationship between the instrument and the people involved with it, and how that has grown and changed over time".

He discovered that the instrument, first arriving with conquistadors and the colonists, ended up in the hands of a variety of people: miners and society ladies, lumberjacks and presidents' wives, Hawaiians, African-Americans, Cajuns, jazz players, spiritualists, singing cowboys of the silver screen, and bluegrass and Beatles fans. Inventors and crackpots tinkered with it. In time, it became America's instrument, its soundtrack.

When Tim wasn't breathing over Rick's shoulder, he was trying to unravel the symbolic associations a guitar holds for so many of us, musicians and non-musicians alike. His journey takes him across the country talking to historians, curators, and guitarmakers.

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