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Mahavishnu John McLaughlin photographed by Peter Cunningham in January of 1973.

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WORLD EXCLUSIVE (Seen First Here!)

A long-lost Mahavishnu Orchestra Performance Video is discovered

Video was Saved from the Trash Bin!

Read the fascinating story about how this forgotten historic video was rescued here.

Recorded March 26, 1973 at the Paramount Theater in Seattle, WA.

TeleRock - Mahavishnu Live in Seattle

This is what Paul LaRosa saw in the storage locker.
(Photo by Ted McCallion)

The Peter Cunningham photo of John McLaughlin at the top of this page was also found with the video.

I thank Paul LaRosa.

A very special thanks to Ted McCallion for all of the help he has been over the years in many aspects of chronicling the history of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, including serving as a major editor.  His generosity is allowing the viewing of this TeleRock Mahavishnu Orchestra video for the first time in over 40 years.

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The 2013 Special Edition Updated eBook

Power, Passion and Beauty:The Story Of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra
The greatest band that ever waS

“Thank you so much for doing this book!” - Carlos Santana

“This is a great book!” - Chick Corea

"I really enjoyed reading this book, mostly because it is not solely told from the Author’s point of view, but also by the original members of the band, helping to reinforce every part of the story. This is one of the first times that I have found a biography of an ensemble that is so accurate... as well as being a captivating read from start to finish.
- Marcos Rios, Guitar International

“I was riveted by Power, Passion and Beauty, ...it was so inspiring to hear how everyone who ever heard or was associated with the band was changed forever, not just by the power and originality of the music, but as if by something more spiritually fueled. This music was life-changing for all of us who heard it, and for all music which followed and continues to emerge from Mahavishnu's long shadow. Walter is to be eternally thanked for stoking the Flame.”
- Christopher O’Riley, Host of National Public Radio and Television’s From The Top

"Walter Kolosky is clearly the foremost authority on the most important and powerful jazz-rock group of all time, the Mahavishnu Orchestra. With its enthralling interviews and insight, Kolosky's Power, Passion and Beauty details the storied history and influence of this epic band in a book that's as fun to read as it is fascinating. Power, Passion and Beauty is a must-have for music fans seeking a deeper understanding of the origins of the jazz-rock movement, and the greatest band the genre has ever known."
- Rich Murray, The Guitar Channel

“Walter Kolosky has made the definitive tome on the Mahavishnu Orchestra even more expansive and engaging. With fresh perspectives, sharper details, and new interviews, this eBook is a must-have for avid Mahavishnu and John McLaughlin fans. For those of you that were there, the book provides great insight into your fond memories. For those who know the band solely through recordings, this book gets you as close as you can to the alchemy that took place onstage and in the studio.”
- Anil Prasad, Innerviews (The web’s first and longest-running music magazine)

2013 marked the 40th anniversary of the tumultuous break-up of the greatest band that ever was, the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The group, founded by British guitarist John McLaughlin, was the first to fuse jazz, rock and world music into critical and commercial success. In a remarkable feat, its pure instrumental albums were able to find their way into the Top 20 of the Billboard rock charts. The Special Edition eBook Power, Passion and Beauty - The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra is the updated version of Walter Kolosky’s critically acclaimed work first published in 2006. Many have called that book The Bible of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and the jazz-rock fusion movement. The Special Edition eBook is brand new to those who have not read the original printed version of this riveting story. For those that have, however, many new anecdotes, insights, opinions, and an extra chapter updating the story of Mahavishnu have been added. The list of those exclusively sharing their views and memories of Mahavishnu for the original book was staggering. Herbie Hancock, Joe Zawinul, Pat Metheny, Sir George Martin, Jeff Beck, all of the original Mahavishnu members and almost 150 other music giants helped tell the Mahavishnu tale. This time around, Carlos Santana, Chick Corea, Steve Howe and many other noted artists, producers, audio engineers and spiritual travelers join in to add to the legend that is the Mahavishnu Orchestra. The Special Edition eBook also has dedicated web pages that will offer more rare images, news and information such as the most extensive gig list ever compiled for the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

           Available in all eBook formats!

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    John McLaughlin song by song
                        A Listener's Guide

                            By Walter Kolosky

                                                                                          Foreword by Chick Corea


When I hear new music coming into my head, its mission is integrated into its notes. It basically tells me how it wants to be. It's clear to me from the very first, how it wants to be articulated and how it should be expressed." - John McLaughlin

Legendary guitarist and composer John McLaughlin recorded historic music with Miles Davis and the revolutionary Tony Williams Lifetime. He founded the fusion super group, The Mahavishnu Orchestra and helped pave the way for World Music in Shakti. The acoustic Guitar Trio ushered in the unplugged movement. Grammy winner McLaughlin, who Jeff Beck says is the best guitarist in the world, continues to influence generations of musicians. Follow Your Heart takes you on a fascinating journey of his music - song by song. The tour guide is Walter Kolosky, author of the award winning Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra. He is aided by a foreword by Chick Corea, expert musicologists, exclusive insights from John McLaughlin himself and many remarkable images never before seen. (Fewer images in eBook.) FYH is an invaluable listening guide, history, reference book and source of inspiration all rolled into one.