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The Black Strat: A History of David Gilmour's Black Fender Stratocaster [Paperback]

Phil Taylor
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15 Nov 2007
The Black Strat book tells the official chronological story of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour's favorite legendary black Stratocaster from 1970 to the present.
Written by Phil Taylor, David's personal guitar technician and the band's chief backline tech since 1974, the only person to know Pink Floyd's equipment better than the band themselves.
The book is illustrated with more than 170 photos, many of which have never been published before, and the cover was designed by Storm Thorgerson, designer of many Pink Floyd album covers.
David's Black Strat featured on Pink Floyd tours and iconic albums including Meddle, Atom Heart Mother, Obscured By Clouds, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall. It was also used on David's solo projects: David Gilmour, About Face and On An Island.
It can be seen in the film Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii, at the 2005 Live 8 Pink Floyd reunion and on David's 2007 Remember That Night.

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  • Paperback: 123 pages
  • Publisher: The Black Strat; 1st edition (15 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955663504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955663505
  • Product Dimensions: 26.6 x 21.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,507,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just recently received and read (!) the Black Strat book. I thought I would drop you a quick email to say how impressed I was with the book. I am a working guitarist and guitar teacher and a huge fan of Pink Floyd and particularly David Gilmour, this book was a hugely interesting read and I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to Mr Taylor for a job very well done. I have a large collection of Pink Floyd literature and this is up there with the best of them, the simple layout of the book and the very short but informative (no waffling!) nature of the chapters, along with some new unseen photos, was very much to my liking.
-- Greg Shute

I just wanted to say you did a truly brilliant job, the book is beyond excellent !!

Thanks and greetings from Holland. -- Gert-Jan Smellink

The music created with this humble Strat has entered into the homes and lives of quite literally billions of people..."
A superb new book, written by Phil Taylor, David Gilmour's long-term guitar technician, studio manager, production director and much more, takes a careful and detailed look at one of rock's most iconic instruments. Rather than a dry, technical manual, suited only to those who already know guitars inside and out, it is a rewarding and accessible book that Pink Floyd fans the world over will thoroughly enjoy.
Phil explains that the book explores the history of DG's black Strat from its early days as David's primary guitar in Pink Floyd.
Through the pages, one finds out how and why the various modifications have taken place, changing the instrument pretty comprehensively from the standard model bought in 1970 at Manny's Music in New York. For those that understand the phrase, it seems a real "Trigger's broom"!

The first thing that strikes you is the sumptuous design and quality of the book. The gang at StormStudios have done a fine job with the inside and out of the front and back covers, the majority showcasing the wonder of nature via a weird rock formation in Arizona. On the back itself, there is a clever image featuring an unexpected take on the classic black Strat image.
The book itself is laid out in a fresh, clear and clean format, balancing text nicely with the fine array of pictures. These come from various sources, including the archives of Nick Mason, Jill Furmanovsky, Polly Samson, and Phil's own behind-the-scenes shots.
From pictures of David at Abbey Road during the sessions for A Saucerful Of Secrets, in 1968, right up to the recent Live8 and On An Island activity, every aspect of David's career is covered in an enthralling text. With Phil's enviable position at the heart of things, plenty of detail is revealed on events which has not been shared before.
It even brings things right up to date with a small section on the upcoming Fender David Gilmour signature model. A nice looking beast, it should be available soon from the legendary guitar manufacturers.

The book also covers some of David's other guitars, explaining where and why they were used, and how they were more suitable in some circumstances than the black Strat. Indeed, for a while, the guitar fell out of favour and it took a special event to get it back into action. All of this discussion is fitted into a good summary of the band's key tours, albums, and performances. The text never delves into fiendishly technical minutiae, making it very accessible for all of us who are not guitarists.
For all those who thought an interesting book couldn't be written focusing on one guitar (and this would seem to include David himself, based on a quote from him at the start of the book!), this will prove a delightful surprise. -- Matt Johns - Brain Damage, November 20, 2007

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5.0 out of 5 stars a must for dave gilmour fans!! 14 Mar 2008
what an amazing piece of work!!
let down only by dave's own little intro, bit of bah humbug!
has some amazing pics of the guitar in every stage of its life, from being bought to the present day and all in between. really does show how an instrument can just be a tool, we see them as iconic symbols of the user, they see them as a work horse, and nothing special!!
is well set out with some amazin pics, and an insite into the life of a normal guitar!
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