'I'm both blessed and cursed to be a guitar player. I didn't choose it, it chose me. The challenge was to find a way to weave my convictions into my music in a meaningful way.' - Tom Morello
As the cofounder and guitarist of Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage, and as a solo artist and collaborator with artists as diverse as Bruce Springsteen and Wu-Tang Clan, few musicians have been as groundbreaking as Tom Morello. Now, for the first time, Morello’s remarkable life as a guitarist, songwriter, singer, and political activist is captured in Whatever It Takes.
'I dug deep into my garage and photo albums to find pictures that I hadn't seen in many years. Some of the photos show history in the making. Some are historically rocking. And some are historically embarrassing.' - Tom MorelloMorello's commentary is accompanied by a wealth of photographs, handwritten notes, and set lists, many of which are previously unpublished and come from the author's personal archives. Stunning images of Morello's heavily customized guitars complete this jam-packed photographic memoir, and the result, like his incendiary guitar playing, is fascinating, honest, and completely unique.
'There's never been a successful social movement in the United States without a compelling soundtrack' - Tom MorelloMorello's original commentary documents his late start in learning the guitar and early bands, through to forming Rage Against the Machine, his transition into working with the melodic vocals of Chris Cornell in Audioslave, his solo work and collaborations, and on to Prophets of Rage. Throughout the book Morello reflects on how his 'calling' of activism drives his work. He recounts the protests and controversies that he has encountered in his mission to use his guitar as a means to share ideas worth fighting for.
'This is a book about a lifelong Mission. A mission that more often can be felt rather than articulated. There are clues to the nature of the mission in the guitar riffs, the crazy solos, the lyrics, and in the shared sweat and solidarity of friends and comrades onstage and off.' - Tom MorelloWhatever It Takes by Tom Morello is published in a limited edition of only 2,000 numbered copies, each signed by Tom Morello.
Copies numbered 1 to 150 are Deluxe copies.
Each Deluxe copy is fully bound in a vegan leather binding. Also included is a lyric print of 'Let Freedom Ring' written by Morello for his One Man Revolution album. Printed on uncoated, heavyweight paper at 9.25" x 11" (235mm x 280mm) the lyric print is numbered, signed, and ideal for framing.
'Whatever It Takes finds Tom Morello looking back in depth at his entire life and career, from his childhood in Illinois to his time with Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and the E Street Band, among other highlights.' - Rolling Stone
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Morello’s remarkable life as a guitarist, songwriter, singer, and political activist is all captured in Whatever It Takes. Introduced by the Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, Jann Wenner, the cofounder of Rolling Stone, Morello’s Prophets of Rage collaborator Chuck D, and Nora Guthrie, daughter of the legendary Woody Guthrie, Whatever It Takes is the photographic memoir of one of the greatest rock guitar players of our times.
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