'Guitar, the Australian Journey' by Chris Johnson
Here is the fascinating story of the guitar in Australia. Chris describes luthiers, artists, collectors and guitar lovers. He ranges across all guitar styles including the variations of jazz, blues, classical, folk, country and rock, blending history, personal encounters, interviews, and travelogue. Interviews with guitar makers around the country and with Australian musicians are mixed with accounts of inspiring performances where the guitar has played a prominent role. Throughout this story Chris describes in beautiful detail how a guitar was made just for him.
Chris Johnson’s passion for the guitar shines through his writing and will connect with anyone who enjoys this most versatile instrument.
With a Foreword by Jeff Lang Guitar, the Australian Journey is now available.
* Listen to samples from the audio CD that accompanies the book.
* Visit the Image Gallery
* Read Chapter 4 - 'Some things are worth keeping' - A personal tour of the musical instrument section of the Powerhouse Museum’s basement vault (PDF 587 KB)
* Read Chapter 13 - 'Everybody loves Bob Dylan' (PDF 72 KB)
* Read a section from Chapter 15 'Cottage Craft Excellence' where Chris describes the talents of Gerard Gilet and Bryan de Gruchy and his discussions with them.