Hot Wired Guitar: The Life of Jeff Beck Hardcover – 3 Oct 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
I shelled out quite a lot of money for my copy of this book and certainly didn't expect to be bored out of my scull reading it! There are a couple of other books about Jeff Beck and both of them seem more interesting to read. One of them, Crazy Fingers, is by Annette Carson, does anyone know if she is Jeff Beck's sister?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
...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 morePublished 20 months ago by Exo-skeleton
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.Published 21 months ago by gavin driver
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... Read morePublished 23 months ago by hoofer
Useful for its historical content but not an easy style of writing to read, and a bit disjointed. There were some interesting gaps in the narrative and perhaps not enough credit... Read morePublished on 14 May 2014 by Mike
An in depth look into the life and music career of one of the most gifted guitarists ever to pick up the instrument.Published on 17 Mar. 2013 by Ira Knopf
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's a good read. Nothing sensational just a good read about an outstanding guitar player.Published on 21 Feb. 2013 by Stuart A. Johnson
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 personPublished on 23 Jan. 2013 by 200colin
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 on 28 Dec. 2012 by Patty Blackburn
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