108 Rock Star Guitars

108 Rock Star Guitars

by Lisa S. Johnson

Foreward by Les Paul


USA Today called it a “monster of a coffee table book…a trip through rock ‘n’ roll history.” Brian Setzer said it was “the classiest guitar book I have ever seen.” And Slash said, “Lisa’s phots are top-notch. Truly honored to be in the company of such iconic artists.”

In the fall of 2013, the publishing and music worlds were shaken to their cores by the arrival of 108 Rock Star Guitars, photographer and author Lisa S. Johnson’s collection of stunningly personal and intimate portraits of the cherished guitars owned by the gods of rock. The 396-page art book, bound in embossed red leatherette and the deluxe signed, limited edition packaged in a die-cut collector’s box, were the most-talked-about coffee table books of the year.

Now, Hal Leonard Books has published a more affordable softcover edition, allowing even more rock-and-roll and guitar fans to get an up-close look at these six-stringed works of art. The book, sells for $54, half the price of the hardcover original.

“I am thrilled that Hal Leonard, with its global distribution channels, has published the softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars,” Johnson commented. “Even at a lower price, it was essential that this version maintained the style and beautiful quality of the hardcover edition, and I think guitar lovers will appreciate the care and detail that went into this new presentation.”

In 108 Rock Star Guitars, Johnson’s extreme close-up images capture, in a fresh and distinctive way, the intimate details—the wear and tear, sweat stains, burn marks and personal adornments—of some of the world’s most iconic guitars, revealing the beauty and art in these magnificent instruments, and giving insight into the personality of the musicians who play them.

Alongside these images, Johnson provides personal anecdotes describing her 17-year quest to photograph these guitars and documents her travels from the backstage hallways of some of the world’s most famous venues to the artists’ private homes. Les Paul, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Carlos Santana, and Jack White are just a few of the rock stars whose instruments are featured, with a foreword by Les Paul.

November 11, 2014
Softcover w/ French Flaps
9″ x 10.5”

396 pages

Lisa S. Johnson grew up in an artistic family, where she fell in love with melody and imagery and pursued a Lisa Johnson by Ewasko TIFF format (135 of 229)career in photography. After a successful 10-year stint working at Eastman Kodak, she met the owner of a vintage guitar shop in Memphis, Tenn., and began exclusively photographing guitars. She lives in Malibu, Calif., and Las Vegas.

Les Paul was a guitar player, inventor, and recording artist, and an innovator throughout his career. In 1941, he built his first solid-body electric, helping shepherd into existence rock music as we know it. A pioneer whose name graces some of the most beloved six-strings ever manufactured, Paul died in Mahwah, N.J., where he had spent much of his life, in 2009 at the age of 94.




Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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