Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll from The Met Museum


By Jayson Kerr Dobney and Craig J. Inciardi Play It Loud celebrates the musical instruments that gave rock and roll its signature sound. Seven engrossing essays by veteran music journalists and scholars discuss the technical developments that fostered rock’s seductive riffs and driving rhythms; the evolution of the classic lineup of two guitars, bass, and drums; the thrilling innovations and expanded instrumentation musicians have explored to achieve unique effects; the powerful visual impact instruments have had; and the essential role they have played in the most memorable moments of rock and roll history. Abundant photographs depict rock’s most iconic instruments-including Jerry Lee Lewis’s baby grand piano, Chuck Berry’s Gibson ES-350T guitar, John Lennon’s twelve-string Rickenbacker 325, Keith Moon’s drum set, the white Stratocaster Jimi Hendrix played at Woodstock, Joan Jett’s Melody Maker, and St. Vincent’s signature electric guitar-both in performance and as works of art in their own right. Produced in collaboration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this astounding book goes behind the music to offer a rare, in-depth look at the instruments that inspired the musicians and made possible the songs we know and love. Jayson Kerr Dobney is Frederick P. Rose Curator in Charge, Department of Musical Instruments at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Craig J. Inciardi is curator and director of acquisitions at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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