Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Joe Satriani: A Musical Memoir due next spring

Joe Satriani will publish his first book, “Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir”, next spring.

Published by BenBella Books and told over hours of firsthand, exclusive interviews, the book is co-written by Satriani and award-winning music biographer Jake Brown (Heart, Motorhead, Kenny Aronoff, Rick Rubin) and takes fans on their first authorized tour of the story behind his climb to worldwide stardom.

"Strange Beautiful Music" reveals the creative odyssey that was the writing and recording of a storied catalog of legendary classic albums and hits including "Surfing With The Alien", "The Extremist", "Flying In A Blue Dream", "Summer Song", "Satch Boogie", "Always With Me, Always With You", "Crowd Chant" and many more.

Featuring a foreword by legendary Queen lead guitarist Brian May, this memoir is filled with pages and pages of never-before-seen photos as well as exclusive, firsthand interviews with former student and fellow guitar icon Steve Vai, Chickenfoot bandmates Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Chad Smith, legendary producers Glyn Johns, the late Andy Johns, AC/DC producer Mike Fraser, and Satriani/Dead Kennedys producer John Cunniberti, among others.

"I'm excited for my fans, through this musical memoir, to get a deeper look inside my creative process in the studio and the stories behind the songs,” says Satriani. “We have a great publisher in BenBella and I look forward to the book hitting shelves next year!"

"Joe Satriani is arguably the Mozart of his generation and the biggest-selling rock instrumental guitarist in SoundScan history,” adds Brown. “Millions of guitar players around the world have been influenced by the super-human techniques he pioneered behind the six-string, and this is the story behind those songs, from 'Surfing With The Alien' to 'Summer Song' and beyond, through 2013's 'Unstoppable Momentum'.”

The hardcover book will hit stores in April 2014, along with an enhanced ebook, and is set for an international release in the summer of 2014.

Ahead of his upcoming North American tour in support of “Unstoppable Momentum,” Satriani will perform the national anthem at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix in Laguna Beach, California this Sunday, July 21.

The guitarist launches his North American dates in San Diego on August 29.

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