The Left Handed Guitar Players That Changed Music
This massive 920-page anthology explores popular music in all its guises through these 'wrong-sided' musicians - an unusual yet surprisingly coherent perspective. It is an exhaustively researched and richly illustrated collection of 150 in-depth artist portraits: mavericks and legendary artists that represent musical genres from all over the world, including folk, blues, jazz, rock, reggae, pop, punk, metal, R&B, country, and other forms like salsa, bossa, samba, Hawaiian, rai, shaabi, gnawa, gypsy, and flamenco. UNCOMMON SOUND is presented as a luxury two-volume set, totaling 920 pages, housed in a striking full-color slipcase and accompanied by an exclusive 20-track music CD. It is the first book to look at music from this angle, and does so with enough insight and detail to captivate diehard fans, and enough entertaining storytelling to make it a page-turner for the most casual music buff. The featured artists include Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Kurt Cobain, Tony Iommi, Seal, John Flansburgh (They Might Be Giants), Beeb Birtles (Little River Band), Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), Elliot Easton (The Cars), Albert King, Otis Rush, Eddy Clearwater, Babyface, Bobby Womack, Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire), Jimmy Cliff, Ali and Robin Campbell (UB40), Bill Jennings, Billy Mackel, Jonathan Butler, Elizabeth Cotten, Dan Seals, and many more. Mark Knopfler and Danny Gatton, two remarkable lefties that play right-handed, are also featured. Besides boasting more than 1,500 photographs, many drawn from the performers own archives, UNCOMMON SOUND also contains 150 pages (a whole books worth) displaying rare left-handed guitars: hundreds of exquisite instruments photographed especially for this book in nine countries on four continents.
John Engel started writing his first music columns for a monthly magazine when he was 16. But his main music-related occupation at the time was singing and playing guitar. He performed week in week out as a singer-songwriter, solo and with bands, in the U.S. and in Europe, up until he was about 24. Concurrently, he got a bachelors degree in literature and a masters in filmmaking, his other passion. As a co-producer, second-unit director, and/or production manager, John Engel has worked in Hollywood with such esteemed filmmakers as Brian De Palma, Tim Burton, Martin Campbell, and Joel Schumacher. He has written a variety of film scripts, fictional projects, music reviews as well as essays, and continues to write music, sing and play guitar, left-handed of course.