GP Recommends: May 2016 CD and Book Reviews

Although this CD/DVD came out in 2014, I’m just now getting hip to it.
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The Veneer of Logic
Matte Henderson with Marco Minneman

Although this CD/DVD came out in 2014, I’m just now getting hip to it. Massive distorted riffs comingle with angular melodies, soundtrack-y noisescapes, and vocal parts lifted from voicemails. It’s intriguing, disturbing, bizarre, and freaking cool! In addition to Minneman, David Torn, Tony Levin, Trey Gunn, Tomo Fujita, and others add to the glorious mayhem.

Neil Young: Heart of Gold
Harvey Kubernik

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Young’s entire career is chronicled in this highly detailed book, which features awesome stories, tons of photographs, and revealing interviews with fellow musicians and many others whose paths have crossed with this relentlessly creative guitarist and songwriter.

The Taylor Guitar Book
Teja Gerken

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GP contributor Gerken delivers an informative and educational peek into how two guys with a small guitar shop in the ’70s expanded into one of the world’s top guitar companies. And, yeah, there are also tons of photos of beautiful guitars. A slam dunk here. Congrats, Teja.

Contemporary Guitar Improvisation
Marc Silver

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I ran into Marc at NAMM, which reminded me how valuable and essential his 1978 method remains for guitarists of all styles. So, at the risk of being redundant (we last profiled the book in 2012), here’s another nudge to add these exercises to your personal lesson plan.