The Diary of a Player : How My Musical Heroes Made a Guitar Man Out of Me by Brad Paisley and David Wild (2011, Hardcover)
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- SynopsisFrom country music's biggest superstaran intimate glimpse at what music means to him and who inspired him on his path to fame. With more than 11 million albums sold, there is no one bigger in country music than Brad Paisley, and he owes his career to his love for the guitar. His first guitar was a gift from his grandpa when Brad was only eight. Brad quickly learned that no matter how he changed and evolved, the guitar was his only real constant. When life gets intense, he says, "there are some people who drink, seek counseling, eat, watch TV, cry, sleep, and so on. I play." Diary of a Player is the very personal story of how Brad Paisley came of age as a musician and a man. Beginning with a love letter to the guitar and what the instrument has meant in his life as a way to find his voice in the world, the book then moves into a musical, but personal, diary. Brad tells the story of his own musical passion, while celebrating and sharing memorable tales about the many great players in the business who have inspired him over the years. In addition to Brad's story, Diary of a Player includes sidebars from a wide array of musical stars who know and love Brad.,This book is the very personal story of how Brad Paisley came of age as a musician and a man. Focusing on what it means to play the guitar and how he found his voice through a series of guitars, the book will also share what he has learned about life along the way. Beginning with his own very personal love letter to the guitar and what the instrument has meant in his life as a way to find his voice in the world, the book then moves into a musical, but personal, diary. Brad tells the story of his own musical passion, while writing loving salutes and sharing memorable tales about all the great players in country, blues, and rock & roll who have inspired him over the years. As he wrote in liner notes of his instrumental guitar album, "Play, "his first guitar was a gift from his grandpa when Brad was only eight. Brad quickly learned that no matter how he changed and evolved, the guitar was his only real constant. When life gets intense, he says, "there are some people who drink, who seek counseling, eat, or watch TV, cry, sleep, and so on. I play." Included in the book will be sidebars from a wide array of musical stars who know and love Brad. In these sidebars, this host of guitar and musical gods will share their take on Brad or stories of their favorite memories about him.,Today Brad Paisley is one of country music's leading men-admired as a recording artist, performer, songwriter, and guitar slinger. This was not always so. In Diary of a Player, Paisley for the first time fully retraces his entire musical and personal journey to date. And it all began with a loving grandfather who gave eight-year-old Brad Douglas Paisley a Sears Danelectro guitar-the Christmas gift that would alter Brad's life forever. In Brad's own words, we read his emotional tribute to his late great "Papaw," Warren Jarvis, who sparked his dream come true: When I was eight I got a gift from my grandpa. No coincidence that around that time I also got an identity. See, no matter how I have changed, learned, and evolved as a person, the guitar has been a major part of it, and really the only constant. A crutch, a shrink, a friend, love interest, parachute, flying machine, soapbox, canvas, liability, investment, jackpot, tease, a sage, a gateway, an addiction, a recovery, a temptress, a church, a voice, veil, armor, and lifeline. My grandpa knew it could be many of these things for me, but mostly he just wanted me to never be alone. He said if I learned to play, anything would be manageable, and life would be richer. You can get through some real tough moments with that guitar on your knee. When life gets intense, there are people who drink, who seek counseling, eat, or watch TV, pray, cry, sleep and so on. I play. -Excerpt from Pages 16-17 This candid, charming, and witty account gives readers an intimate look at Brad's evolution as a musician and a man. Throughout Diary of a Player, Paisley tips his cowboy hat to those who set the stage for his extraordinary success and gives fans everywhere the inside story of how this guitar man discovered that in this life, to play's the thing. Book jacket.
- AuthorBrad Paisley,David Wild
- Number Of Pages256 pages
- Publication Date2011-11-01
- PublisherHoward Books
- Copyright Date2011
- Weight14.9 Oz
- Height1 In.
- Width6 In.
- Length9 In.
- LC Classification NumberML420.P1445A3 2011
- Dewey Decimal782.421642092 B
- Dewey Edition23
- Reviews"Brad Paisley knows a thing or two about writing hooks for general music fans while still throwing in enough guitar pyrotechnics to keep his guitar-playing audience happy, if not slightly stunned." Premier Guitar,"Country singer Brad Paisley is known as a man of many guitars, but none of these collectibles is as dear to him as the mail order Sears Danelectro Silvertone his grandfather bought him when he was eight. It is memories like this that make this autobiography such a vivid, personal document. By recalling the instruments that gave him a voice and a career, Paisley presents a far more intimate self-portrait than those rendered by fame-driven musicians. As he writes, 'There are some people who drink, who seek counseling, eat, or watch TV, cry, sleep, and so on. I play.' A memorable, amenable memoir.","In his first book, Grammy Award-winning country star Paisley pays tribute to the legendary musicians who helped him along the way. Any guitar aficionado will love this tale of extraordinary musicians gladly guiding a talented youngster-a journey that began at the tender age of eight when Paisley's grandfather gave him his first guitar. With the collaboration of Wild, who is steeped in the country music scene, Paisley offers a story accessible even to country novices...Paisley certainly entertains in this charming story of his road to success.","Paisley and Wild write in an easygoing, personal style that suggests the experience of actually sitting down with the musician and hearing him describe his life in music and the lessons he's learned. Verdict: A must-read for any fan of Paisley, this book really tells readers what makes him tick. Highly recommended for all country fans." Library Journal
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- martingibson0May 10, 2012by
Brad makes music for the right reason
This is a must read. Thoroughly enjoyed it. When I brought home my first steel guitar, my dad said, Oh, Just like Alvino Rey. I was thinking Jerry Garcia. Brad had great guidance and encouragement. My cousin got my guitar after I neglected it a little. I've caught up now to a professional level. This is why I liked Mike of the Monkees and George of the Beatles. Solid guitar players, songwriters but not too self obsessed// look at me.
- 13upcMay 08, 2012by
This book is a keeper for any library.
Great writing with a humor and serious side. Brad Paisley seems to be a humble, thoughtful and caring person. I felt like I got to know the man and the hard work it took for where he is today. I would certainly recommend this book to more than just the guitar players and country folk out there.