My First Guitar: Tales of True Love ...

Scotty's copy of this book came two days ago, and he has already been paging through it. I read his little section and it is the only time I have read anything that was EXACTLY as Scotty said it. He thought the same, and he is looking forward to reading more of it. In fact, he said one of the best things about it was that each person's contribution is separate so that you don't have to read at least a hundred pages before you get to the one you want to read about. He will skip around, but I'm sure that he'll get to all of it. He already likes it!

Gail Pollock
September 27, 2012

My First Guitar: Tales of True Love ...
by Julia Crowe
ECW Press

Julia Crowe has quite a concept in this expansive collection of vignettes of seminal guitarists telling how they first planted the playing seed. The author describes how the book was conceived, her younger self boarding a flight to meet Jimmy Page in London for a cup of coffee—but she lets him, and the other players, do most of the talking.

Crowe (guitarist, composer, journalist, and teacher) impressively executes heartfelt storytelling gleaned from hundreds of interviews with the “who’s who” of players (Dick Dale, Seymour Duncan, Alex Lifeson, Albert Lee, Scotty Moore, Steve Vai, etc.), and she delivers the goods in unique first-person accounts. Les Paul recounts acquiring a $3.95 Sears-Roebuck guitar after his mother gave him grief for playing piano (“it’s not convenient”) and the drums (“she immediately ordered that out of the house”). The rest is history, as they say, but this book is testament. It’s not just about the first guitars or the players themselves, really. It’s much more: the follow-up from that first chance meeting—that coming-of-age experience with music. This is life, told and celebrated through guitars.

Tessa Jeffers for and courtesy of Premier Guitar September 2012

The book is available in bookstores and on but can also be ordered autographed directly from the author on her website:

added September 28, 2012

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