Backbeat Books publishes books about rock and roll and the instruments used to make it all year long. So, if there's a rock fan on your list, the publisher -- owned by Milwaukee's Hal Leonard -- has three new books to consider.
First up, and most specific of the bunch is John D. Luerssen's "U2 FAQ: Anything You'd Ever Want to Know About the Biggest Band in the World ... And More!" This hefty paperback is full of information both interesting and otherwise.
Among the latter, "Adam Clayton's very first concert at the Carlton Cinema in Dublin in the fall of 1974 was a show by Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher." That must be an example of the "And More" from the book's title.
Among the former are interesting tidbits on, for example, Annie Roseberry, the staffer who first saw and pursued the band for Island Records, and the time U2 first met producer Martin Hannett. Seems they met in the studio while Hannett was recording Ian Curtis' vocal on the landmark "Love Will Tear Us Apart" by Joy Division.
This book ($19.99) is perfect for the U2 devotee on your list. Casual fans, however, may begin to yawn early on.
Guitar nuts will devour "The Complete History of Guitar World: 30 Years of Music, Magic and Six-String Mayhem," by the editors of Guitar World magazine, and Tony Bacon's "The Stratocaster Guitar Book."
The first of these two large-format paperbacks -- priced at $29.99 -- has a chapter on each of Guitar World's 30 years, with magazine covers, tidbits and interviews and features from its pages. It's heavy on the metal and the big names like Page, Vaughan, Van Halen, Zappa, Clapton, Slash, Satriani, etc. Despite dabbling in all genres, this is perfect for the metal head or classic rock fan on your list.
Six-string slingers will love Bacon's Strat book ($24.99) even if they play a Gibson or a Rickenbacker. The Stratocaster is an icon of rock and roll and Bacon lends his considerable knowledge to telling the history of the instrument and exploring how it became such a ubiquitous guitar in the world of rock and blues.
Of course, there are loads of great photos of various models, vintage catalogs and advertisements, players and more. There is also a handy reference listing in the back.
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Bobby Tanzilo
Published May 24, 2016
Last year, we took you inside the Milwaukee Theater (formerly the Auditorium) and the Arena to get a look behind the scenes at these local landmarks. This time, we dig into the archives to find treasures from events held in those venues.
Published May 23, 2016
Pabst's return to the former brewery site - via a micro-brewery and tasting room in the former First German Methodist Church/Forst Keller restaurant - was projected to open by summer. But a fall 2016 opening is now more likely.
Published May 19, 2016
Nearby Chicago is the perfect place for a quick weekend getaway filled with, well, whatever you want, even if what you want is not a whole lot of planning, but just time to relax.
Published May 17, 2016
We got a peek inside the new Kimpton Journeyman Hotel, slated to open in the Third Ward this summer, including looks at the spaces that will host the Tre Rivali restaurant and the rooftop Outsider bar.
Published May 17, 2016
Typically, Milwaukee's oldest buildings reveal themselves readily. But sometimes, behind facades of glass and steel, you can find a portal into Brew City history. One such place is the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W. Walnut St., a facility that glows like a new building.
Published May 16, 2016
To you, Julius La Rosa was the guy who was famously fired on the air by Arthur Godfrey. To me, he's that guy singing "Eh, Cumpari" and "Mama Rosa" on 45s I inherited from my grandmother. La Rosa died last week at age 86 ... in Crivitz.
Published May 12, 2016
While in the past, Milwaukee's Nineteen Thirteen drew on other talents, by the time it set out to record its new CD, Janet Schiff and Victor DeLorenzo were going it alone. "Music for Time Travel" is released Friday, May 13 at The Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend.
Published May 12, 2016
A reddish brick building at the intersection of two alleys north of the Bradley Center has most recently been used as storage for the arena. Its days are numbered as it is slated to come down soon to make way for the new arena. So, of course, I went inside to learn more.
Published May 11, 2016
Most everyone who notices the building at 326 W. Florida St. in Walker's Point does a double take. What's an old Pabst building doing down here, so far from the old brewery complex? Let's take a look at the place that will become the Global Water Center II.
Published May 10, 2016
While seemingly half of Milwaukee thinks their houses were once home to speakeasies, the Becker-Fitch House has perhaps the most amazing secret basement bar this town's ever seen. You can go inside during's HMI's Spaces and Traces event this weekend.