Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer (Signed Edition)
The definitive biography of guitar icon and Grammy Award-winning artist, Bill Frisell, featuring exclusive interviews with Paul Simon, Bon Iver and more.
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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.’
‘The perfect companion-piece to the music of its subject.’
‘Outlines the subject’s life in a series of scrupulous strokes and intimate interviews that are rare in such undertakings . . . a cool, casual victory.’
Over a period of forty-five years, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential musicians at work today. A quietly revolutionary guitar hero for our genre-blurring times, he connects to a diverse range of artists and admirers, including Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Gus Van Sant and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, all of whom feature in this book.
A vital addition to any music lover’s book collection, Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer tells the legendary guitarist’s story for the first time.
‘Stuffed with musical encounters, so many that every couple of pages there’s an unheard Frisell recording for the reader to chase down.’
‘Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer is the definitive biography.’
BILL MILKOWSKI, DOWNBEAT
‘Superb . . . the book races along like Sonny Rollins in full sail. Like subject, like writer: this is super-articulate, adventurous prose.’
‘[Watson’s] writing balances unbridled passion and dispassionate research nearly as deftly as Mr. Frisell’s playing does sound and silence . . . compelling.’
WALL STREET JOURNAL
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.
Warm-hearted, collaborative, and discreet to the point of being almost ambient, Beautiful Dreamer manages to be the perfect companion-piece to the music of its subject.
Outlines the subject’s life in a series of scrupulous strokes and intimate interviews that are rare in such undertakings. The bonus here is that the life of the musician who played the guitar the way Miles Davis played the trumpet is enhanced by an 11-part chronological sequence of what Watson terms ‘Counterpoints’ . . . It’s an unusual biographical exercise, yet the responses highlight aspects of Frisell’s work that a non-musician would surely rarely (if ever) detect. The consequence of Watson’s sometimes tangential approach is a cool, casual victory.
[Watson's] writing balances unbridled passion and dispassionate research nearly as deftly as Mr. Frisell’s playing does sound and silence . . . compelling.
The biography is stuffed with musical encounters, so many that every couple of pages there’s an unheard Frisell recording for the reader to chase down.
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