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Power, Passion and Beauty:The Story Of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra
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"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."
"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."
“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.”
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.
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.
"Follow Your Heart reads like your favorite specialist music magazine, opinionated and exceedingly well informed. Follow Your Heart has already been included in Berklee's curriculum, which is a good indication of its worth."
- Ian Patterson, Allaboutjazz.
"Kolosky knows this music backwards and forwards, and its a joy to read these pages because so much effort and care went into the writing of them."
- Steven Rosen, Curled Up With a Good Book
"Follow Your Heart: John McLaughlin song by song is a great resource to future and current fans of McLaughlin. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to understand the music of John McLaughlin to greater depths."
- Marcos Rios, Guitar International
"Walter Kolosky has crafted a fine look at John McLaughlin. Highly recommended. An ideal book to have in the public library for library jazz patrons, and a perfect jazz biography to have in the home."
- Lee Prosser, Jazzreview
"Walter Kolosky has established himself as one of the foremost authorities on John McLaughlin's work, and nowhere is that more evident than in this terrific new book. It's a fantastic tour through McLaughlin's extensive catalog of compositions, with detailed insight and unique details you'll find nowhere else. A must buy for fans of this pioneering musician."
- Anil Prasad, Innerviews.org
"Follow Your Heart is an in-depth look at the music of John McLaughlin that will thrill his everyday fans and serious musicians alike."
- David Sanborn