Faber announces the acquisition of Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer by Philip Watson, the definitive biography of guitar icon and Grammy Award-winning artist, Bill Frisell, published Spring 2022.
‘Bill Frisell plays the guitar like Miles Davis played the trumpet.’ The New Yorker
Over a period of forty-five years, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most innovative musicians at work today.
A quietly revolutionary guitar hero for our genre-blurring times, he has synthesised many disparate musical elements – from jazz to pop, folk to film music, ambient to avant-garde, country to classical – into one compellingly singular sound. Described as ‘the favourite guitarist of many people who agree on little else in music’, Frisell connects to a diverse range of artists and admirers, including Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, and Bon Iver, many of whom feature in the book.
Through unprecedented access, and interviews with his close family, friends and collaborators, Philip Watson tells the story of the guitarist who changed the sound of American music.
Philip Watson was deputy editor at GQ and editor-at-large at Esquire, and has appeared on radio and television in the UK and Ireland. His in-depth features have appeared in the Telegraph Magazine, Guardian, Sunday Times, Observer, Irish Times, London Evening Standard and The Wire, and he has interviewed icons such as Nick Cave, Gil Scott-Heron, Elvis Costello, D’Angelo and many others. Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer is his first book.