Joe Satriani: Strange Beautiful Music – A Musical Memoir

by Rachel Baker on May 13, 2014

I don’t typically review a musical memoir – I once read an 80s band (I’m not going to mention the name) tell-all, and was turned off to anything else that could have come my way.  This was, of course, when I first started writing reviews and I felt I had to take everything that was offered.

That said, I recently received Joe Satriani’s Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir and couldn’t have been more thrilled about the time spent reading. This book is incredibly engaging, and very down to earth. If you expect a story about rebel rousing, drinking and drugging, you will be extremely disappointed.

Satriani takes the reader on a journey – his journey – from nothing to one of the greatest guitarists in history. We are taken through the creative process of writing and recording all the classics, along with some pretty awesome anecdotes from collaborations with some of rock’s heavyweights.

I think this book would be great for anyone who aspires to take an active part in the music industry – from the musician to the production team. There was some pretty technical stuff (at least to me, a non-musician) after the first few chapters. Though it was pretty interesting, it was a bit of a technical feat for me to try to understand the significance of the specific gear he used for each album.

Order your copy of Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir.

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