Brain Food will be offering a selection of guitar delicacies from time to time which will be most gratifying to your cerebral palette.  You’ll be pointed in directions that will soothe your consciousness, indoctrinate your faculties, and perhaps even assist you in embracing this excellent instrument even more than you do now.  In JackTalk that means you’re gonna love it…


Even I know that everyone isn’t into rock guitar.  The fact of the matter isn’t rock at all.  I believe that just the idea of the guitar is simply enough reason for me to turn you onto the following reads.  Whether you play the blues, jazz, fusion, country, surf, classical, metal, grunge, bluegrass, shred, alternative, pop, punk, rockabilly, hillbilly, traditional, worship, instrumental, space funk, or the xillion other types of guitar music that I don’t have time to list, I believe that your love of 4, 6, 7, 12, or however many strings on a guitar that you like to play, you will find value in all of the books that I will be sharing in BRAIN FOOD.  These first two listings do include the word rock either in the title or in another form in the tag line, but if rock isn’t your game, don’t let that scare you away from a couple of great reads.

Jim Marshall  The Father of Loud by Rich Maloof





This is one very cool write about Jim Marshall and the iconic amplifiers which bear his name.  Rich Maloof is one heck of an author.  Included in this gem is a foreward by none other than Slash himself.





LEGENDS OF ROCK GUITAR  by Pete Prown and H.P. Newquist, with a Foreword by Joe Satriani





This book comes packed with all kinds of great information, and I mean plenty of it.  It contains the right history with all of the right facts, quite unlike many of the other books out there, which from time to time present just some of the facts intermixed with a few wrong facts, and leave one longing for more.

Pete Prown & H.P. Newquist set out to give you “the big picture” with LEGENDS OF ROCK GUITAR.  This is a great read with so much to say about more than 300 guitar legends.  You’ll come away from this book with so much knowledge you’re not even going to believe it.  – Jack


STAR GUITARS – 101 GUITARS THAT ROCKED THE WORLD by Dave Hunter, with Foreword by Billy F Gibbons


Any book that has this colorful 1964 SG on the cover has to be a good one coming from my point of view.  (I have been wrong before and I’ll be the second to admit that.)  My wife knows both of these things as she knows my affinity for SG’s and that’s why I received it as a gift from her.  (She’s

usually the first to know I’m wrong, too.)  ha, ha


This was the SG that Eric Clapton owned and played in Cream.  It was given to him as a gift from it’s original owner, one George Harrison, who was lead guitarist for a “great little band” known as The Beatles.  The SG became known as “The Fool” as it was painted by the same collective of Dutch artists known as “The Fool”, that had painted John Lennon’s Rolls Royce.


“101 GUITARS THAT ROCKED THE WORLD” is the perfect tag line for this book.  I’ve also got to include part of Billy F Gibbons Foreword right here to give you a taste of what you are in for:

And as this is written, I recall the great So-Cal based blues harp blower from down Alabama way, Mr. James Harman, who insisted that yours truly follow a certain infamous directive to a “T”… that directive being from the late, great artiste from Memphis, Mr. Walter “Houston” Baldwin, who once told me, “When you go to layin’ down that sound, play it on that sawed-off piece of mahogany tree, that old Gibson thang you call ‘Pearly Gates’…she so sweet.”  And so it went, and so it goes, that famed ’59 sunburst six-string is included in the pages that follow…pages packed with interesting elements for the discerning expert as well as those yearning to burn with what makes the guitar such a confounding creation.  Yes, what’s right inside is wholly fascinating… from the delicate to the dangerous.  To quote from the song entitled “One Is Good, Two Is Better,” soon to be discovered is the one, the two, make it three, do we hear four?  Yeah, man… pages and pages of the most illustrious, the most scintillating, sizzling, superb sets of cellulose slabs to be seen gathered together are now handily in hand.  Mercy!

– Billy F Gibbons


Some 30 years ago, (the aforementioned James Harman), back when the James Harman Band consisted of James Harman on blues harp, Kid Ramos on guitar, Willie J. Campbell on bass, and Stephen T. Hodges on drums, I actually had a chance to audition for the 2nd guitar spot one night at The White House in Laguna Beach, California.  I had actually been playing mostly rock in those days and just about anything else but the blues.  I failed the audition.  Yep.  I didn’t get the 2nd guitar spot as my feel wasn’t quite what it should have been.  You see, I had too easy of a life up to that point.


I’m happy to say that 30 years later, and with plenty of tough times under my belt, I can now play the blues.  I have paid my dues and picked up that feel and timing along the way.  It all comes from within, no matter what anyone may tell you.  – Jack