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Here's someone who obviously likes to get up close with musical instruments as much as I do ...

This amazing new book arrived in the post box this week ... INSTRUMENT by Pat Graham

With a foreword by Johnny Marr, this matt-finish, hardcover coffee table book is all about the interaction between the musician and the instrument, the player and the played.

There's Ian Mackaye's old yeller SG in all it's epoxy glory.

It's fun to read the commentaries from the musos, some pretending not to know what they've got there in their hands or being very blase about the whole process of choosing, keeping and playing a fine instrument. Others obviously into the devilish details as much as I am.

There's a familiar tone that crops up in these interviews that reminds me of Pete Townshend, when interviewed about his SG specials - he referred to them as 'those red guitars that Gibson makes, the thin ones'

I know it, I've heard it myself when talking gear with players who obviously don't want to look like they care more about the guitar than the songs. And ... I guess I've done it myself - 'Ahh that old thing ..."

...although when one of the guitar-anti-heroes of my youth, Colin Newman from Wire says that he knows nothing about guitars except maybe 'don't fiddle with the whammy bar or it'll go out of tune' I've gotta believe him.



Cheers, AP

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