Immortal Axes is a follow up book to my first title “108 Rock Star Guitars” that was awarded the Silver Graphis Award in 2013. I grew up in a musical family and my Father played guitar. Later in life, photographing guitars became a way to connect with him. The shape, smell, colours, patina, history and the stories they held captivated my soul and pursuit of capturing the world’s most famous guitars. This book is unique and stands apart from other guitar books because of the artful presentation of the guitar as art, celebrating the craftsmanship, while also showcasing the wear and tear details of the guitar that personify the artist without him or her being in the photo, because of what they leave behind on the guitar and often because the guitar is arranged in the personal setting of the artists home, studio or backstage. Instead of a guitar image on the cover, there is a cosmic infusion of sacred geometry and guitar motif’s embedded on the gold foil embossed cover lending it a mystical kaleidoscopic view one never gets tired of looking at on their coffee table.
It is a determined process of contacting artists to gain access, follow through with a photo session, edit, post process, research and write the supporting text for the book. The text showcases information about the guitars along with stories about the artists and personal anecdotes of my experience photographing them. All while traveling the world to do so.
I was able to garner a Foreword by Peter Frampton and Afterword by Suzi Quatro, given the sheer star power of this book's content that encapsulates a great cross section of the first women in rock such as Suzi Quatro, Patti Quatro, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Nancy Wilson, Lucinda Williams, to those that followed them, Vicki Peterson, Suzanna Hoffs, Susan Tedeschi, Jennifer Batten, to the younger generation, St Vincent, Orianthi and Nita Strauss.
This volume is THE quintessential book on the worlds most significant guitars crossing musical genres from Early Pioneers of guitar: Les Paul, Chet Atkins, Charlie Christian, Eldon Shamblin.
Blues Pioneers: T-Model Ford, Robert Belfour, R.L. Burnside, Lowell Fulson, John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, John Mayall, Gary Moore.
Jazz Greats: George Benson, Bruce Conte, Francis “Rocco” Prestia.
Country Legends: Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Merle Haggard, Brad Paisley, Lucinda Williams.
Funk Rockers: Blackbyrd McKnight, Vernon Reid, Stevie Salas.
Goth pop/electronica players: Pearl Thompson, Daniel Ash, John Fryer, William Reid.
Metal Shredders: Dimebag Darrell, Scott Ian, Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, David Ellefson, Adrian Smith, Janick Gers, Zakk Wylde.
Early Rock Icons: Elvis Presley, James Burton, Albert Lee.
Classic Rock Icons: Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, Rory Gallagher, Duane Allman, Dave Davies, Billy Duffy, Steve Hackett, Steve Howe, Tony Iommi, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, David Gilmour, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Dave Grohl, Jerry Garcia, Malcolm Young, Nancy Wilson, Ronnie Lane.
Plus Legendary Bass Players: Steve Harris, Cliff Burton, Geezer Butler, Robert Trujillo, Chris Squire, Michael Anthony, Billy Sheehan, Mike Starr, Phil Lesh, Krist Novoselic, Rick Danko, Paul McCartney, Suzi Quatro.