British Rock Guitar
The Birth of British Rock Guitar
Covering the two decades from 1955 to 1975, and featuring original
anecdotal contributions from scores of eminent players - Jeff Beck,
Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Brown, Clem Cattini, Eric Clapton, Lonnie Donegan,
Vic Flick, Herbie Flowers, Roger Clover, George Harrison, Mark Knopfler,
Hank Marvin, Brian May, Gary Moore, Joe Moretti, Pino Palladino, Rick
Parfitt, John Paul Jones, Francis Rossi, Gerry Rafferty, Mike Rutherford,
Big Jim Sullivan, Andy Summers, Richard Thompson, Bert Weedon,
Bruce Welch, and Muff Winwood - British Rock Guitar
chronicles the birth and
rise to pre-eminence of rock guitar in Britain.
Semi-autobiographical and illustrated by period advertisements,
memorabilia, and previously unseen photographs, many from the
artist's private collections, British Rock Guitar is idiosyncratic, charming,
revelatory, naive, crazy, and optimistic, but above all very funny.
"Around 1960 my school band, The Tradewinds, upgraded its back line
of little 5 watt amplifiers with the purchase of a wedge-shaped, blue
and white, 17 watt, 4-input, Watkins Dominator amplifier which, at
£38/10/-, we could just afford between us. But the band was divided by
the prospect of such awesome power: did we really need 17 watts?
Twenty years later Mo toured the United States with Jeff Beck and a
bass rig which, alone, was rated at 1,500 watts!
The second half of British Rock Guitar is devoted to the rise and fall of the
studio session scene. Mo presents an insider's view of this creative
world, and the wonderful absurdity of musicians' humour in general.
Mo Foster's career as a renowned and prestigious contemporary bass
player has spanned over 30 years. He is now established as a top
session musician, solo artist, producer, composer, and now author.
Among the hundreds of artists with whom he has recorded or toured
are Jeff Beck, Phil Collins, Cher, Ringo Starr, Joan Armatrading, Gerry
Rafferty, Frida (ABBA), Van Morrison, Cliff Richard, Gary Moore, Hank
Marvin, Roger Clover, Peter Green, Rod Argent, Gil Evans, Scott Walker,
Nanci Griffith, and The London Symphony Orchestra.
The foreword to the book was written by Hank Marvin
owner of the UK's first Fender StratocasterTM
and widely regarded as one of the originators of the UK's Rock'n'Roll guitar
British Rock Guitar was first published as Seventeen Watts? in 1997, but being the perfectionist he is Mo didn't leave it
at that. He felt he could do better. So in 2000 17 Watts? was born. It was now in soft-cover form and
physically smaller so that it would be "easier to read on the train, bus or toilet etc". Not
content with mere cosmetic changes, Mo added 10,000 more words, an easier to read structure, more
pictures and an index.
Now in 2011 British Rock Guitar rises like a phoenix from the ashes with another additional 10,000 words, fully indexed, a new publisher and Mo's satisfaction at a job well-done... not to mention that he can now get on with producing fine music again!