Armed with a macro lens, an incredible eye for detail, and a truly groundbreaking vision, Lisa Johnson’s guitar art is taking the world of fine art photography on a rock-and-roll ride. Check out this awesome video promo for 108 Rock Star Guitars!
Hal Leonard Books will release a softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars by photographer/author Lisa S. Johnson on November 11, 2014. This exquisite book, originally issued as an embossed, red leatherette-bound hardcover in limited quantity that USA Today called, “…a monster of a coffee table book…” will now be available to a much wider audience at a more affordable retail price of $54.
Hailed as “impressive,” “jaw-dropping,” “masterpiece” and “elegant” by media and artists alike when it was released in October 2013, 108 Rock Star Guitars received widespread accolades for its overall design and the artistry of the images—up-close portraits of the cherished guitars belonging to some of the world’s most iconic players. American Photo magazine named it one of the “Best Photo Books of the Year” for 2013, while Brian Setzer called it, “The classiest guitar book I have ever seen.”
Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jeff Beck, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Carlos Santana, Jack White, Ronnie Wood, Lou Reed, Ace Frehley, Billy Gibbons, Don Felder, Joe Walsh, Robby Krieger, Willie Nelson, Johnny Winter, and Les Paul, who also wrote the foreword, are among the rock stars whose instruments are featured.
The softcover, with French flaps, includes many of the same features of the original book in a slightly smaller size (9”x10.5”): 396 pages, 486 gorgeous color images, reproduced using a six-color printing process, on high quality paper, and cover art that replicates the hardcover’s award-winning design.
“I am thrilled that Hal Leonard, with its global distribution channels, will publish 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 anyone who sees this book will appreciate the care and detail that went into the new presentation.”
In 108 Rock Star Guitars, Johnson’s extreme close-up images capture the intimate details of her six-string subjects in a fresh and distinctive way revealing the beauty and art in these magnificent instruments, and giving insight into the personality of the musicians who play them. Additionally, she 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa S. Johnson grew up in an artistic family, where she fell in love with melody and imagery and pursued a 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 Las Vegas.
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 Ted Nugent stated simply, “Lisa Johnson has created a masterpiece.” Last fall, the publishing and music worlds were shaken to their cores by the arrival of 108 Rock Star Guitars, 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, available in two editions, one bound and embossed red leatherette and a second, deluxe limited edition packaged in a die-cut collector’s book, were the most-talked-about coffee table books of the year. This November, Hal Leonard Books will publish a more affordable, but no less appealing paperback edition, allowing even more rock and roll and guitar fans to get a backstage pass to witness these six-stringed works of art. The book, to be released on November 11, will retail for $54, half the price of the hardcover original. “I am thrilled that Hal Leonard, with its global distribution channels, will publish the softcover edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars this fall and, in the process, maintain the luxe style of the hardcover edition,” Johnson said. In 108 Rock Star Guitars Johnson employs her signature macrophotography style featuring intimate details, etchings, totems, and personal touches that embody the true spirit of the musician and that few have seen from this perspective. Alongside these images, Johnson provides personal anecdotes describing her long quest to photograph these iconic instruments and documents her travels from backstage hallways to 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 captured in the book’s 396 pages. At BEA, Backbeat Books will give away 108 Rock Star Guitars souvenirs, including guitar picks and minibooks, and hold a drawing for an autographed copy of the hardcover edition. Stop by Booth 821 to enter for a chance to win! For more information about the paperback edition of 108 Rock Star Guitars, coming in November from Hal Leonard Books, visit the Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group at BEA in Booth 821, or check out Lisa’s website: www.108rockstarguitars.com.
In Character: Opera Portraiture, available from Amadeus Press 11/04/14, memorably captures operatic performers away from the audience but fully inhabiting their roles. It showcases the work of John F. Martin, who for years set up a portable studio in the basement of the San Francisco Opera and photographed the players – in costume and full makeup – right before or after they took the stage.
Their roles run the gamut of opera personalities: heroes and heroines, villains and outcasts, royalty and common folk, Biblical figures and creatures of myth. Facing Martin’s camera, each artist projects the essence of his or her character, however great or small the part. A collection unlike any other, In Character will have broad appeal-to opera and theater buffs, costume and fashion aficionados, and anyone who appreciates fine art photography.