108 Rock Star Guitars

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""[Les Paul] felt that the book could be a way to inspire kids to personalize their guitars and really fall in love with the instrument," says Johnson, who notes that a portion of the pricey book's proceeds go to the Les Paul Foundation, which promotes music education for children. "He said, 'Lisa, if you affect even one child, it's worth it.' ""

"Photographer Lisa Johnson has had plenty of opportunity to meet rock stars in her work. But to her, the real stars are their guitars. Over the past 17 years, Johnson has taken shots of Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Keith Richards’ instruments, plus many others — and has now compiled her images into a book, “108 Rock Star Guitars."”

"Playing a famous rock star’s guitar is the stuff of dreams. And if that doesn’t happen for you – and it rarely does – the next best thing is seeing the guitars up-close and photographing them. Guitarists who love axe eye-candy are in for a treat with the exquisite new book by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson."

"Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand songs. The super-sized book 108 Rock Star Guitars demonstrates that six-stringed instruments owned by celebrities and virtuoso sidemen might look as good as they rock."

"For rock stars, a guitar isn’t merely an instrument, it’s a sacred object, a significant other, an encyclopedia whose every scratch, dent, and scrape tells a story. In photographer Lisa S. Johnson’s new book 108 Rock Star Guitars, she presents a visual document of the six-strings that have been wielded by the fines axe slingers."

"108 Rock Star Guitars by Lisa S. Johnson is the stunning new fine-art photography book featuring rare, up-close images of the guitars belonging to some of the world’s most iconic players, including Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Ace Frehley, Joe Satriani, Billy Gibbons, Carlos Santana, Nancy Wilson and many more."

"108 Rock Star Guitars by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson is a collection of stunningly personal and intimate portraits of the cherished guitars owned by the gods of rock. It is a music and fine-art photography aficionado’s backstage pass to witness up-close these six-stringed works of art belonging to Les Paul, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Jimmy Page, Lou Reed, Carlos Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Rick Nielsen, Slash, Jack White, Billy Gibbons, Ace Frehley, and many others."

"Maybe Lisa S. Johnson was always meant to be a photographer, just as Keith Richards was destined to be a guitarist. Richards’ guitars – and the instruments of over a hundred other notable string-pickers – are the subject of a snazzy new coffee table book from those eye-tickling art aficionados at Glitterati Publications. 108 Rock Star Guitars collects hundreds of photos taken by Johnson and her Nikons and Canons over the course of seventeen exciting years."

"The biography of a rock star might tell stories of scandal and excess, but a book about that star’s guitar reveals a different kind of truth. Photographer and author Lisa S. Johnson spent over seventeen years documenting instruments belonging to some of the most revered guitarists of all time."

"This exquisite, 396-page art book, bound in embossed red leatherette, features 300 images that reveal—through Johnson’s signature macrophotography style—the intimate details, etchings, totems, and personal touches that embody the true spirit of the musician and that few—save for their stage crew—have seen from this perspective."

"Have you ever wanted to be up close and personal with the guitars of musicians like Clapton, Springsteen and Santana? Now you can with the new book from photographer Lisa S. Johnson, “108 Rock Star Guitars.” This book contains nearly 400 pages of photographs featuring some of the most legendary guitars in rock history. Some of the photos were taken at personal homes of the guitarists while others were taken backstage at famous venues. In addition to the photographs are anecdotes from Lisa on the guitars and the people who play them."

"The photos in 108 Rock Star Guitars (Glitterati) by Lisa S. Johnson reflect the power, screaming leads and historic breaks of a huge slice of rock history—often backstage."

"They’ve been beaten, banged up, sweated on, chipped, dinged and damn near destroyed; some have been left in pawnshops, one was dumped from a truck, and still another was dismissed as a throwaway piece of junk. They’ve also been admired, lusted after, and scrupulously copied by both guitar companies and budding luthiers the world over."

"Welcome to the new holy grail of guitar books 108 Rock Star Guitars. The size of the book alone is breathtaking, 396 pages with 486 photos and a forward by the legendary Les Paul. Lisa S. Johnson received the right of passage and approval from the man himself. It doesn’t get much better than that."

"108 Rock Star Guitars is a 396-page, leather-bound behemoth brimming with beautiful, elegant images of some of the most iconic and recognized instruments the world has ever known. The subjects who allowed their most prized possessions to be photographed by Johnson reads like a veritable who's who of rock guitar royalty. More than that though, Johnson's work is threaded with personal stories detailing her own epic adventure to discover and celebrate these wondrous instruments. It wasn't always easy, but it came out looking oh, so good."

"A new book containing fine art photography of some of the coolest guitars ever played, and candid pictures of the stars who owned them, is coming out this October (10/8) in a 396-page offering from Glitterati Inc."

"108 Rock Star Guitars is an illustrated coffee table book that will publish this Fall 2013, encapsulating the sexy imagery by Lisa S. Johnson. It is a music and fine-art photography aficionado's backstage pass to witness up-close these stringed works of art."

"This is the ultimate rock and roll coffee table book."