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Whatever It Takes

Tom Morello

'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.

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The Photography

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 Morello

Morello'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commentary is accompanied by a wealth of photographs, handwritten notes, and set lists, many of which are previously unpublished and come from the author's personal archives.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.
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The Manuscript

Whatever It Takes

'There's never been a successful social movement in the United States without a compelling soundtrack' - Tom Morello

Morello'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.
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The Author

Whatever It Takes

'He's not only a brilliant musician, but he has a deep heart and a social conscience, just like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, or Jackson Browne. Tom is right up there with that gang. I think this excellent book helps prove why.' - Jann Wenner

Tom Morello is an American musician, singer, songwriter and political activist. He is living proof of the transformative power of rock'n'roll. Known for his heavy riff playing and inventive techniques on the electric guitar, he has continually pushed the limits of what one man can do with six strings.

The Video

Whatever It Takes

'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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The Limited Edition

Whatever It Takes

'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 Morello

Whatever It Takes by Tom Morello is published in a limited edition of only 2,000 numbered copies, each signed by Tom Morello.

Fully bound in black cloth with red and gold foil blocking and red page edging, the book is presented in a Solander box which features Tom Morello's handwritten notes for Lock Up and Rage Against the Machine and setlists from his solo career.

Each copy includes a Little Red Songbook - a booklet of songs and chord charts from the Nightwatchman; eight custom Dunlop guitar picks, representing each of Tom Morello's bands as well as his solo work; and an exclusive 7" vinyl disc featuring the title track, 'Whatever It Takes', plus a previously unreleased, live recording of 'Vigilante Nocturno' from the Atlas Underground Tour. 

Whatever It Takes

Select from the following editions:

Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes

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  • Limited:
    1850 copies
  • Signed by:
    Tom Morello
  • Contributors:
    Chuck D, Nora Guthrie, Michael Moore, Jann Wenner
  • Binding:
    Fully bound in black cloth with red and gold foil blocking and red page edging
  • Box:
    Presented in a Solander box
  • Extras:
    Little Red Songbook, 7" vinyl disc ('Whatever It Takes', 'Vigilante Nocturno Live in Los Angeles')
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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.

  • Published Feb 2021
  • Page size: 245mm x 290mm
  • 208 pages
  • 300 images
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