Bathed In Lightning: John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B00IRHBM7I
- Publisher : Jawbone Press (March 2, 2014)
- Publication date : March 2, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 5125 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #983,883 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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2. Many of the same people/places as in Philip Norman, "Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton", 2018. But from the other side of the reading/theory divide.
3. Musically literate. With citations, footnotes, and endnotes.
4. Surprisingly (but, implicitly, not totally) disjoint from Pat Martino, Bill Milkowski, "Here and Now!: The Autobiography of Pat Martino", 2011.
5. Does cite Larry Coryell, "Improvising: My Life in Music", 2007.
By Len Johnson on June 6, 2019
For me the background details, and indeed the details of McLaughlin's life make for a really enjoyable story, an area where so many music books made up of cut and paste interviews from the past seem to fail.
This book had me engaged from start to finish, highly recommended.
Top reviews from other countries
Despite the guitarist's non-participation in the writing of the book, the author has nevertheless managed to cherry-pick extant quotes to insert into the narrative at apposite moments to illustrate the narrative and illuminate the story, as well as interview those who were there, to paint a compelling picture of a driven musician whose single-minded devotion to his art - coupled with his search for spiritual fulfilment - ultimately peaked in a music which combined the muscularity of rock, the quixotic swiftness of jazz and the bombast of the symphony orchestra. His achievements with the Mahavishnu Orchestra are probably the main attraction for the fan here, though his background of 1960s session work is comprehensively examined.
The only gripe I have with the book is the author's decision to write extensively about the 1960s jazz scene - often, John isn't mentioned for several pages at a time; it's almost as if Colin is aware that this stuff probably won't see the light of day unless it's shoe-horned into a JM biog and is using the opportunity of 'Bathed In Lightning' to put this stuff out there. Interestingly enough, the publishers rejected the author's suggestion of a two-volume biography, which would have served the artist well. The material concerning the second line-up of the Mahavishnu Orchestra - surely the main selling-point of the book - is spread between the print volume and the e-book, and there are certain chunks in the former where cuts could have been made to accommodate the MO2 material.
Having said all that, I would unhesitatingly recommend buying this book to anyone interested in John McLaughlin and his rise to prominence as one of music's more enigmatic and compelling figures. As a companion to Walter Kolosky's 'Power Passion And Beauty', it is essential. Enjoy.