Jay Blakesberg Book Reveals Relationship Between Guitarists and Their Axes

May 20th, 2015

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This is an excerpt from the all-new MAY/JUNE 2015 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine. For this story, plus features on the Bacon Brothers, Pops Staples, Iconic Axes from the Grateful Dead and Others, Fox News senior national correspondent John Roberts, and more, pick up the new issue of Guitar Aficionado at your newsstand, or online by clicking anywhere in this text.

The Right Device: Capturing images of guitarists performing with their favorite guitars and their stories about those instruments, photographer Jay Blakesberg’s upcoming book, Guitars That Jam, reveals the rewarding relationship between artists and their tools.

Photographer Jay Blakesberg’s passion for music resonates through the characteristic and unique images captured with his camera lens. While many photographers who shoot musicians are great from a purely technical perspective, Blakesberg often immerses himself into the rhythm and emotion of the music surrounding him, as if he’s a member of the band, to get to the essence of his subjects’ personalities and soul. Even when his images are viewed in silence, the power of the music still manages to be conveyed.

Blakesberg’s new book, Guitars That Jam, is somewhat of a sequel to his 2013 publication, Jam: Photographs by Jay Blakesberg, which focused on improvisational bands and artists. Guitars That Jam explores similar territory, but this time around he features shots of various guitarists and bass players onstage with their favorite instruments. Accompanying those shots are the artists’ own stories about their guitars and the instruments’ importance to their music.

Instruments featured include Trey Anastasio’s 2002 Paul Languedoc Custom, Les Claypool’s Pachyderm bass, Jerry Garcia’s Wolf, Warren Haynes’ 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard, Willie Nelson’s Martin N-20 “Trigger,” Grace Potter’s Gibson signature Flying V “The Flying Grace,” Carlos Santana’s PRS Santana II, Derek Trucks’ 1936 Gibson L-00, Bob Weir’s Modulus G3FH, and dozens of other instruments from legends and newcomers alike. Highlights include rare shots of Derek Trucks performing with Duane Allman’s original gold-top Les Paul and exclusive photos from recording sessions.

On the following pages is a preview of the book, which will be released May 19 by Insight Editions. The 192-page book features dozens of incredible shots and stories, as well as a foreword written by Warren Haynes. —Chris Gill

This is an excerpt from the all-new MAY/JUNE 2015 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine. For this story, plus features on the Bacon Brothers, Pops Staples, Iconic Axes from the Grateful Dead and Others, Fox News senior national correspondent John Roberts, and more, pick up the new issue of Guitar Aficionado at your newsstand, or online by clicking anywhere in this text.

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  • very interesting

  • ‘music is a world within itself..’ SW
    This is a world of the rediculious and the sublime.