The Mahavishnu Orchestra, founded by guitarist John McLaughlin, was the first to fuse jazz, rock and world music into critical and commercial success. The Special Edition eBook Power, Passion and Beauty is the updated version of Walter Kolosky’s critically acclaimed work first published in 2006. 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, many new anecdotes, insights, opinions, and an extra chapter updating the story of Mahavishnu have been added. The list of those 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 others helped tell the 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 their views. The Special Edition eBook also has dedicated web pages that offer more information and the most extensive gig list ever compiled for the Mahavishnu Orchestra.
“Thank you so much for doing this book!” - Carlos Santana
"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 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)
"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
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. 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 acclaimed 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 iBook.) FYH is an invaluable listening guide, history, reference book and source of inspiration.
"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 is an in-depth look at the music of John McLaughlin that will thrill his everyday fans and serious musicians alike."
- David Sanborn
Important Note Regarding the paperback version of Follow Your Heart: The paperback version contains 70 rare images not in the eBook. Due to a business dispute with Amazon, we are no longer supplying Amazon with copies. If you are interested in purchasing the paperback, please contact me directly for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.