Blue Guitar Highway (Hardback)
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Blue Guitar Highway (Hardback)

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Hardback 288 Pages / Published: 19/09/2011
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This is a musician\u2019s tale: the story of a boy growing up on the Iron Range, playing his guitar at family gatherings, coming of age in the psychedelic seventies, and honing his craft as a pro in Minneapolis, ground zero of American popular music in the mid-eighties. \u201cThere is a drop of blood behind every note I play and every word I write,\u201d Paul Metsa says. And it\u2019s easy to believe, as he conducts us on a musical journey across time and country, navigating switchbacks, detours, dead ends, and providing us the occasional glimpse of the promised land on the blue guitar highway.His account captures the thrill of the Twin Cities when acts like the Replacements, Husker D\u00fc, and Prince were remaking pop music. It takes us right onto the stages he shared with stars like Billy Bragg, Pete Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen. And it gives us a close-up, dizzying view of the roller-coaster ride that is the professional musician\u2019s life, played out against the polarizing politics and intimate history of the past few decades of American culture. Written with a songwriter\u2019s sense of detail and ear for poetry, Paul Metsa\u2019s book conveys all the sweet absurdity, dry humor, and passion for the language of music that has made his story sing.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816676422
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"Paul Metsa is a natural-born writer. He can write anything. Lyrics, letters, articles all flow out of him like an exotic, ferocious waterfall splashing down on all the senses. If he writes it, I read it."-Nora Guthrie
"Metsa is a mountain in Minnesota music."-Bobby Vee
"Paul Metsa is a great artist. I always look forward to playing with him."-Lyle Lovett

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