Diary of A Player

Diary of A Player

How My Musical Heroes Made A Guitar Man Out of Me

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
Deeply personal and revealing, country music's biggest superstar shares what music means to him, who inspired his love of music and memorable stories about the many great players in the business who he encountered over the years.

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The country music superstar shares what the guitar has meant to him as a means of finding his own voice, who inspired his love of music, and memorable stories about the many great guitar players he has encountered over the years.

Simon and Schuster
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.

Publisher: New York : Howard Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st Howard Books hardcover ed.
ISBN: 9781451625523
Characteristics: viii, 247 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Wild, David 1961-


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Jul 14, 2014

Great read because the book told a lot about Brad Paisley.

Really enjoyed reading this book and finding out more about Brad. He has a true love of country music and loves the music enjoys playing and creating songs for enjoyment not just to get famous.

Dec 31, 2011

I was pleasantly surprised at this book. It's amusing and entertaining. I'm not his hugest fan, but I definitely enjoyed it. I read it in one sitting and though I don't know anything about the history of country music, I didn't need to or feel lost throughout the book. As he states it's a big thank you note to those that have inspired him. It flowed nicely and moved along at a great pace.

rowanquincy Dec 16, 2011

A good read, but quite short. Has only nice things to say about the people in his book. Enjoyed it.

Nov 28, 2011

Brad was a kid from a small West Virginia town, who luckily had a grandpa who could play and started teaching Brad at the age of 4 or 5.
He took to it and got some lucky breaks because of his age and he could really play!
He opened up at the age of 12 to 15 for big time country acts when they played at the Wheeling Jamboree. He became the regular opening act.
He took his time and didn't rush it and he was ready for it when it arrived. Also a genuine nice nice guy, who was friends with some of the all time great country pickers as well as blues and rockers too. He can play anything! Kudos for his well deserved success!

Feb 21, 2011

Im sure that this book will be amazing, as Brad Paisley is the BEST guitar player EVER!!! he's amazing, and if u like to listen to country music, you would LOVE brad paisley, and this book!


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