TOUCHED BY MAGIC - The tragic / triumphant story of guitarist Tommy Bolin told in new book....
To many, Tommy Bolin was the legitimate heir to Jimi Hendrixs rock guitar throne. Stints with the James Gang and Deep Purple as well as solo albums and a groundbreaking release with jazz-rocker Billy Cobham certainly proved that the adulation was rightly deserved. And with a techno-color fashion sense, he certainly stood out from the pack. Only one problem, Tommy had a death-defying drug addiction, which ultimately would lead to a premature and tragic end - before he was able to truly take his standing among the elite musicians of the world. Touched by Magic: The Tommy Bolin Story is the first book to focus entirely on the life story of Tommy Bolin compiled from nearly 50 exclusive interviews (including family, friends, and band members that played alongside Tommy throughout the years), and featuring many never-before-seen photos.
Touched by Magic is available through http://stores.lulu.com/gregprato for $19.98 (U.S.), and there is a sample chapter to read at the site (the chapter is titled Moxy/Teaser/Deep Purple). The book was written by journalist Greg Prato, whose work has appeared in a variety of sites and magazines, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, Rolling Stone.com, Record Collector Magazine, and Classic Rock Magazine, among others. A long-time fan of Tommys music, Greg conducted interviews with such renowned rock names as David Coverdale, Glenn Hughes, Eddie Kramer, Carmine Appice, Jan Hammer, Martin Barre, Jimmy Haslip, Mark Stein, Prairie Prince, Dale Peters, Jim Fox, Alphonse Mouzon, Kenny Passarelli, Henry Paul, Narada Michael Walden, Reggie McBride, and Otis Taylor, as well as Tommys brother, Johnnie Bolin (among countless others), for the book.
While it will obviously appeal to fans of Tommy Bolin, this 252 page paperback book (whose title comes from a phrase that keyboardist Jan Hammer once said to describe Tommys guitar playing) will also be of interest to fans of classic rock in general, as large portions of the book focus on Deep Purple, the James Gang, and Billy Cobham, while youll find additional stories that involve Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck, Jethro Tull, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, the Tubes, Moxy, the Outlaws, and Jimi Hendrixs Electric Lady Studios, among others. Youll also get the inside scoop on such classic Tommy-related releases as Billy Cobhams Spectrum, the James Gangs Bang and Miami, and Deep Purples Come Taste the Band, plus Tommys two cult classic solo albums, Teaser and Private Eyes. Additionally, new information is gathered around the events that led to Tommys tragic passing in 1976, after a show in Miami with Jeff Beck.
Tommys following continues to grow each year, as his album Private Eyes was recently certified gold in the U.S. (500,000 units sold), Dean Guitars recently unveiled a Tommy Bolin Teaser tribute guitar, while Hartman Electronics recently premiered a new Tommy Bolin fuzz pedal. And with the release of Touched by Magic, the buzz is only going to grow louder about the great Tommy Bolin. After reading Touched by Magic, it seemed to me every interview takes you there for the moment&ldots;I give 105 stars to Greg! -Johnnie Bolin, Tommys brother.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT THE FOLLOWING SITE:
http://stores.lulu.com/gregprato [to access the sample chapter, click on the books title at the top of the page]