Publisher: Hal Leonard
Authors: Norman Harris, David Yorkin
In Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer, Norman Harris tells how he became the world's leading seller of vintage guitars. As founder and owner of the legendary store Norman's Rare Guitars, he has sold some of the finest fretted string instruments to the biggest stars in the world, including George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and many others.
In 1970 Harris moved to Los Angeles in hopes of hitting the big time in music. His first plan was performing, but plan B was buying and selling guitars, and he had no idea how much opportunity for this there would be. Many groups came to LA also hoping to hit it big, but those who didn't might have to sell their instruments. This helped make early-1970s Los Angeles a haven for beautiful vintage guitars. At the same time, Hollywood was beginning to realize the value of time-correct instruments in film, and the recording industry recognized the high-quality sound vintage instruments produced. The value of these instruments has grown dramatically since the '70s, and the vintage guitar market has become an international phenomenon – with Norman Harris at the center of it all.
Filled with fascinating stories and insights into the entertainment business, Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer is an intriguing memoir from a man who has spent a lifetime getting extraordinary instruments into the hands of extraordinary artists.
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“Norman Harris can certainly lay claim to being one of the premier buyers and sellers and of vintage guitars in the world. Since he founded Norman's Rare Guitars in the San Fernando Valley, he has been responsible for providing instruments for everyone from George Harrison and Tom Petty to Richie Sambora and Bob Dylan...It's a fun book, and anyone who has ever yearned for one of these iconic instruments can now read about the man who made a business out of finding and selling them.” – Curled Up with a Good Book
“[Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer isn't just filled with big names and incredible instruments. It is also laced with the stories and real people behind them, and I think that makes the guitar even more special...Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer is a fun read with stars you'll recognize and vintage instruments you will wish you had found while pursuing your Plan B in life.” – Maverick Magazine
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