July 1, 2004

Guitar: Music, History, Players
By Richard Chapman

There’s no shortage of books about guitars and guitarists, and many leave much to be desired. This 240-page book tackles all the angles with admirable thoroughness and conciseness, beginning with an excellent account of the historical origins and development of the instrument. Also included are cameos of the most significant guitarists within nine categories, such as classical, rock &pop, jazz, and latin & world. Specific instruments are well covered, and there are hundreds of fantastic photographs, as well as numerous written examples of particular styles. DK Books.

—Barry Cleveland  

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