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Hot Wired Guitar: The Life of Jeff Beck

Hot Wired Guitar: The Life of Jeff Beck [Kindle Edition]

Martin Power
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The definitive account of Jeff Beck’s journey from his childhood in 1940s South London to the world-wide success of 2010’s album Emotion and Commotion and beyond.

Author Martin Power has talked to former Yardbirds members Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty as well as manager Simon Napier-Bell and fellow musicians including Max Middleton, Stanley Clarke, Simon Phillips, Jimmy Hall, Mo Foster, Doug Wimbish and many others.

Supported by full album reviews, rare photographs and an up-to-date discography, Hot Wired Guitar is the most complete and comprehensive account of the life and times of Jeff Beck, the man who took the electric guitar and showed the world just what could be done with just six strings and ‘one hell of an attitude’

About the Author

Martin Power has worked as a journalist for over 15 years and written well-received biographies on David Sylvian, Aerosmith, Queen, Shane McGowan, Manic Street Preachers and Pearl Jam - all published by Omnibus Press. He has lived in North London all his life.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2853 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press (8 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IJHM9S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,202 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The last vintage Jeff Beck biography aptly titled "Crazy Fingers" covered Beck's career through 1998. At that time his fellow guitarists revered him while his fanbase was waning. "Hot Wired Guitar" comprehensively covers Jeff's entire career and especially the very important 1999 through 2011 era. It's very edifying to know that Jeff Beck's popularity has dramatically increased from 2007 to 2011. There are two reasons why. Harvey Goldsmith became his excellent and proactive manager and Jeff Beck has been tirelessly touring the world demonstrating his peerless live concert virtuosity and eclecticism. "Hot Wired Guitar" is a very objective book that details Jeff's trials, tribulations and triumphs. It makes it very clear that no other guitarist has more mastery and control of the guitar than Jeff Beck. Conversely, it mentions that Jeff is not a great composer or studio freak. Jeff Beck is in many ways like Frank Sinatra. He can play another person's song and make it much better than the original. Examples are "Cause We've Ended As Lovers", "Nadia", "Stratus", "People Get Ready" "Women Of Ireland" and "Nessun Dorma." The book also makes a compelling point regarding the many integral contribuitions made by Tony Hymas, John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer and especially Les Paul to inspire Jeff. "Hot Wired Guitar" does a nice job emphasizing that even though Jeff get's the highest accolades from Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Steve Lukather, Joe Perry and Brian May; it's evident that the only guitarist not awed by Jeff Beck is Jeff Beck. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Workmanlike fact-based look at Jeff's career 30 Sep 2012
Not a bad book, but a bit pedestrian. If the book were a guitarist, it would probably be Joe Bonamassa rather than Jeff Beck - technically proficient and historically accurate but rather unoriginal and uninspiring.

The book is subtitled "The life of Jeff Beck" but you find out very little about the man himself. There are lots of facts about his recordings and musical alliances and that is what sustains the interest throughout the book and makes it worth reading. Jeff Beck is obviously not the world's greatest talker and it's pretty clear he hasn't met the author, so it's inevitable that there are no new insights into what appears to be quite a complex personality.

About half-way through, I wondered whether to persevere with the book but I carried on as I was keen to pick up new titbits of information. Also, knowing more about the context did make me revisit some of the recordings in a different perspective. I found myself going back to certain tracks and listening out for things I hadn't noticed before and that can't be a bad thing, so thank you for that!

There are a few irritating things, like the constant use of the rather academic phrase "as referenced", some slightly dodgy grammar, like a few rogue apostrophes and phrases such as "...his Strat literally surfing a wave of artficial harmonics" ("literally"? Really? Did it use a surf-board?) and "(Joss) Stone's performance had Jeff literally reaching for the ice cubes" (really? Actual ice cubes? What did he do with them?). I do admit that this sort of thing will only irritate pedants, by the way!

You often get the feeling that the aim is to pad out the writing with as many words as possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too much of a summary 2 July 2012
The writing style of this book make it a difficult read. It is basically the joining together of a massive number of quotes.
It is good to have all of these in one place, but if you've been reading the guitar magazine articles it is nothing new.
The other major issue I have with this book is one of proportion: approximately half the book covers the period Yardbirds to Blow By Blow, a period of 10 years; the remainder of the book covers from 1976 to 2011. Hence the later half is a summary. Given the recent timing of these events more could have been added from the other participants.
Use your money on a DVD and witness the playing - a better value and better use of your time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beck remains a mystery... 31 Aug 2014
By hoofer
While I agree with many of the comments here, especially around the guitar magazine sources and lack of comment/ interview with the recalcitrant subject, I thought the book divides itself into two rather different halves.
The first half, around Beck's youth, development and time in the Yardbirds and early Jeff Beck group, I found fascinating. His fellow musicians seemed to have something interesting to say about him.
The latter part of the book, perhaps from somewhere around "guitar shop" is largely a list of musicians saying "Jeff is great" interspersed with Jeff saying "musician X is great" which doesn't provide any insight at all and is tedious in the extreme. And why do I want insight? Because Beck is his own man, has ploughed his own furrow, and has used his unique style to come up with music both sublime and ridiculous. ..I would love to know a bit more about how this came about.
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...Yawn... the man the myth... the boredom at times... I love Beck's part in the legendary gunslinger wars of the 1960's and 70's... before the dark times... before the empire... Read more
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this is without doubt the best biography of the best guitar player out there, concise, not too bogged down with facts and a genuine appreciated of the man and his work.
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I really enjoyed this read. Having already read Crazy Fingers, I wasn't sure how this bio would stand up but it's a different read and the two books complement each other well. Read more
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's a good read. Nothing sensational just a good read about an outstanding guitar player.
Published 21 months ago by Stuart A. Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars book
was hoping for more from this book mainly talks about albums and his music rather then the man himself enjoyable and understand his a very private person
Published 22 months ago by 200colin
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Wired Guitar: The Life and Career of Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck is a private person, but this book makes you feel like you know him, I would order this book for another person!!!!!!!
Published 23 months ago by Patty Blackburn
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest guitar player of all time...
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man styles. Read more
Published 24 months ago by branco mike memedovich
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent present
Bought as a present for my husband - he thought he knew quite a lot about this subject but he gained much more insight into the man and his music.
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