Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer: How One Man Changed the Sound of Modern Music

Philip Watson

Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Published: 04-11-2021



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The definitive, authorised biography of guitar icon and Grammy Award-winning artist, Bill Frisell, featuring exclusive interviews with Paul Simon, Bon Iver and more. ‘Frisell plays guitar like Miles Davis played trumpet.’ – New Yorker *** Over a period of 45 years, 40 albums as leader, and appearances on more than 300 recordings, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most innovative and important musicians at work today. Grammy Award-winning Frisell has topped jazz charts and polls, played major concert halls and festivals around the world, and has been hailed in the New York Times as ‘the most significant and imitated jazz guitarist to emerge since the beginning of the 1980s’. His reach and dedicated following stretch far beyond the borders of jazz, however, into a musical world shaped by a vast range of forms, from country to bluegrass, Americana, folk, rock, blues, pop, classical and avant-garde. Spanning geography and genre, and with fans ranging from Bon Iver to Elvis Costello and Lucinda Williams to Marianne Faithful, everybody loves Bill Frisell. This is the story of why. Veteran music journalist Philip Watson, through days of exclusive one-to-one interviews with the artist, as well as conversations with friends, family and collaborators including Paul Simon and Van Dyke Parks, brings to light the importance of the Bill Frisell story in this definitive work.

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Dimensions 153 × 234 mm
Page Count 400