The Bass Book by Tony Bacon & Barry Moorhouse

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The Bass Book - A Complete Illustrated History Of Bass Guitars

by Tony Bacon & Barry Moorhouse

The Bass Book has all you need to know about the story of the bass guitar in one stylish, readable volume and this revised and refreshed 175 page third edition brings the story bang up to date.


"Thoroughly accessible to scholarly readers and casual rock fans alike, The Bass Book is fascinating from cover to cover. Exceptionally formed, informative & profusely illustrated, it is the definitive history of the bass guitar and very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library Music History collections" Midwest Book Review • 2016


In California in the early 1950s the Fender company introduced the world's first electric bass guitar, and started a revolution in the sound of popular music. The 'guitar bass and drums' line-up that would define pop music had found its heart, and for the next 40 years the bass guitar provided the solid foundation upon which most modern music was built.

The bass guitar is without doubt one of the most significant new musical instruments to have appeared in this century, and The Bass Book is the first to study its complete and fascinating story. Many original interviews with makers of bass guitars from the past and present illuminate The Bass Book, and while the popular establishment of the bass during the 1960s and 1970s is examined in detail, modern variations of this diverse instrument are also presented. Dozens of unusual, desirable and rarely seen basses are shown in specially commissioned studio-quality photographs, including instruments owned by Paul McCartney, Stanley Clarke, and John Entwistle.

A reference section provides a wealth of information on every notable maker.

About the Authors


TONY BACON (Bristol, England) writes about musical instruments, musicians, and music. He is a co-founder of Backbeat UK and Jawbone Press. His books include The Ultimate Guitar Book, London Live, and Paul McCartney: Bassmaster.

BARRY MOORHOUSE (UK) founded his specialist bass-guitar retail and distribution operation, the Bass Centre, in London in 1984. Now in its fourth decade, it continues as a worldwide operation. Through his associate company, House Music, Barry represents Brian May guitars in partnership with the Queen legend.

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