- Hardcover: 250 pages
- Publisher: Dalton Watson Fine Books (22 May 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854432664
- ISBN-13: 978-1854432667
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2.5 x 28.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 951,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Guitar with Wings: WLJ's Musical Journey on Six Strings Hardcover – 22 May 2014
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About the Author
Inspired by the wave of Beatlemania that swept the UK in 1963, Laurence Juber develped a passion for the guitar and the ambition to make a career playing it. He studied at London's Goldsmith College of Music and performed with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Becoming one of London's top studio guitarists, his playing was featured on the soundtrack of The Spy who Loved Me, as well as recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Cerrone, Sarah Brightman, Rosemary Clooney, Charles Azanvour Lucio Battiste and Colin Blunstone, among many others. In 1978, Juber was plucked from the studio world by Paul McCartney who asked him to play lead guitar in what was to become the final incarnation of Paul's post-Beatles group, Wings. He recorded and toured with the band for three years, during which time they won a Grammy, and scored numerous chart hits. When Wings folded in 1981, Juber relocated to the USA and settled in Los Angeles. Since then he has become one of Hollywood's most in-demand studio players and has gained world-wide recognition as a virtuoso concert performer, recording artist and composer. Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 22 solo albums. LJ Plays The Beatles, was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums. Juber's solo arrangement of The Pink Panther Theme earned him a second Grammy. His latest album, Under an Indigo Sky (Solid Air Records) is a jazz/blues tinged studio album that was mixed at Hollywood s legendary Capitol Studios by top jazz recording engineer Al Schmitt and first released only on vinyl.Marshall Terrill is a veteran reporter for The Chandler (Ariz.) Connection and is the author of 10 books, including the best-selling Steve McQueen: Portrait of an American Rebel. He co-authored Maravich, a biography on the life of basketball legend Pistol Pete Maravich with Wayne Federman in 2006. His book Elvis: Still Taking Care of Business was written with Elvis Presley bodyguard Sonny West and was published in 2007. Terrill resides in Tempe, Arizona with wife, Zoe."
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I confess that until fairly recently, I didn't know much of the music of Wings from the years that LJ was part of the band. I have been a Beatles fan since Ed Sullivan, and I knew and liked the Band on the Run album, and from LJ's time, I liked Back to the Egg and knew it to be an important, award winning record. But I know Laurence Juber as the state-of-the-art solo finger style acoustic guitarist that he is. I've heard Laurence play dozens of times. My respect of him comes from that oeuvre, and his ability to teach it. So, while I know that he played with Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, and Steve Holley in Wings, whenever I see LJ, that's not my frame of reference for him. However, after reading this new treasure of a book, I have a brand new appreciation of the life and work of one of the world's most creative people. You'll read of (and see) Laurence's early life in London, as a session player there, on through his time with Wings, learning from the man who is arguably the greatest creative force in mid-to-late 20th century popular music, and to his present work as Los Angeles session musician and solo artist and composer. You'll even learn what LJ himself considers to be his most important attribute as a guitarist. The photographs, which sat for years in shoe boxes until he undertook this project, are priceless. They are intimate views into the life and creative process of Paul McCartney, Linda, Denny, Steve, and Laurence.
The book is worthy of living in a prominent spot in your home, where you can pick it up often. I browse through it while listening to one of LJ's great solo recordings, and now, while listening to his contribution to Wings.