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Diary of a Player : How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me
by Brad Paisley and David Wild

Overview - This book is the very personal story of how Brad Paisley came of age as a musician and a man. Focusing on what it means to play the guitar and how he found his voice through a series of guitars, the book will also share what he has learned about life along the way.  Read more...

 
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Overview
This book is the very personal story of how Brad Paisley came of age as a musician and a man. Focusing on what it means to play the guitar and how he found his voice through a series of guitars, the book will also share what he has learned about life along the way. Beginning with his own very personal love letter to the guitar and what the instrument has meant in his life as a way to find his voice in the world, the book then moves into a musical, but personal, diary. Brad tells the story of his own musical passion, while writing loving salutes and sharing memorable tales about all the great players in country, blues, and rock & roll who have inspired him over the years.
As he wrote in liner notes of his instrumental guitar album, "Play, "his first guitar was a gift from his grandpa when Brad was only eight. Brad quickly learned that no matter how he changed and evolved, the guitar was his only real constant. When life gets intense, he says, "there are some people who drink, who seek counseling, eat, or watch TV, cry, sleep, and so on. I play."
Included in the book will be sidebars from a wide array of musical stars who know and love Brad. In these sidebars, this host of guitar and musical gods will share their take on Brad or stories of their favorite memories about him.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781451625523
  • ISBN-10: 1451625529
  • Publisher: Howard Books
  • Publish Date: October 2011
  • Page Count: 247


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Composers & Musicians - General
Books > Music > Genres & Styles - Country & Bluegrass - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-10-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

In his first book, Grammy Award-winning country star Paisley pays tribute to the legendary musicians who helped him along the way. Any guitar aficionado will love this tale of extraordinary musicians gladly guiding a talented youngster—a journey that began at the tender age of eight when Paisley's grandfather gave him his first guitar. With the collaboration of Wild, who is steeped in the country music scene, Paisley offers a story accessible even to country novices. In junior high, Paisley and his "modernly mature band members," a generous group of older mentors, the C-Notes, were sometimes referred to as Brad Paisley and the Seniles. As he confides: "all those days and nights when I was so busy not doing my homework…I was growing the deep musical roots that have put me where I am today." His respect for his Nashville colleagues lends warmth to his presentation: "The art of our town comes from painting an honest picture in living color." Paisley certainly entertains in this charming story of his road to success. (Nov.)

 
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