Interspersed throughout the book are also vintage photographs that illustrate the rich tapestry of musical influences and collaborations that can be traced through the history of guitar music. Eric Clapton's work in the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and Cream is documented and pages are dedicated to subjects such as the history of the slide guitar - from Elmore James to Duane Allman - and to the continuing significance of the Chicago bluesmen.
"Nothing beats just sitting around, on an equal footing, with about three or four other musicians. And not having anyone be the boss." - Eric Clapton
"Eric's been such a great person for guitar players. Anybody would be happy to be a part of this." - Buddy Guy
The musicians who performed at the Crossroads festivals tell the story, taking the reader through their musical influences, experiences at the festivals, and their appreciation of each other's music.
The 36,000-word manuscript not only documents the historic series of Crossroads concerts but also tells the wider story of guitar music. Multi-generational voices from blues legends such as B.B King, Johnny Winter and Buddy Guy to the newer guard of guitar virtuosos, such as John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr., tell the story of the rich history of guitar music and of the many genres it encompasses, from blues to country, from jazz to rock 'n' roll.
"It was really special playing Madison Square Garden. It was amazing to be in New York City with all those cats and all that music." - Gary Clark Jr.
"Coming to Crossroads is like being able to speak fluently with people who speak the same language." - John Mayer
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Eric Clapton's official, hand-crafted, signed limited edition book documenting the Crossroads Guitar Festivals, 1999-2013, with archival photos and exclusive commentary from the musicians who took part.
Since 1974 Genesis has created signed limited edition books on behalf of authors and artists ranging from the Beatles to Buckingham Palace.
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