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The definitive biography of guitar icon and Grammy Award-winning artist Bill Frisell.
FEATURING EXCLUSIVE LISTENING SESSIONS WITH: Paul Simon; Justin Vernon of Bon Iver; Gus Van Sant; Rhiannon Giddens; The Bad Plus; Gavin Bryars; Van Dyke Parks; Sam Amidon; Hal Willner; Jim Woodring; Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill
‘A beautiful and long overdue portrait of one of America’s true living cultural treasures . . . a brilliant book.’
‘Wonderful. It captures exactly the Bill I know.’
Over a period of forty-five years, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential musicians at work today.
Growing up playing clarinet in orchestras and marching bands, Frisell has progressed through a remarkable range of musical personas – from devotee of jazz master Jim Hall to ‘house guitarist’ of estimable German label ECM, from edgy New York downtown experimentalist to plaintive country and bluegrass picker. He has been a pioneering bandleader and collaborator, a prolific composer and arranger and a celebrated Grammy Award winner.
A quietly revolutionary guitar hero who has synthesised many disparate musical elements into one compellingly singular sound, Frisell connects to a diverse range of artists and admirers, including Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Gus Van Sant, Marianne Faithfull and Justin Vernon, many of whom feature in this book.
Through unprecedented access to the guitarist and interviews with his close family, friends and associates, Philip Watson tells Frisell’s story for the first time.
‘A revelatory, roots and branches portrait of one of America’s greatest synthesisers of musical ideas.’
IAN PATTERSON, ALL ABOUT JAZZ
A beautiful and long overdue portrait of one of America’s true living cultural treasures — Bill Frisell. Watson approaches his subject with deep respect and understanding, and through insightful prose, interviews and listening sessions, he deftly peels back the layers of the onion to reveal a complex and dedicated musician whose openness, loyalty, courage, vision, humility, lovingkindness, generosity, and remarkable ability to challenge himself again and again, has made him one of the most beloved and influential guitarists of all time. A brilliant book about a brilliant musician. If music was a religion Bill Frisell would be a Saint.
Philip Watson’s book on Bill Frisell is wonderful. It is a model of immaculate research. It is imaginatively structured and very well written, with real feeling and insight. And it captures exactly the Bill that I know.
A revelatory, roots and branches portrait of one of America's greatest synthesisers of musical ideas.
Frisell plays guitar like Miles Davis played trumpet.
[Frisell is] the best living contemporary guitar player.
One of America’s most unique musicians . . . one of the great American voices.
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