Today, the book is in its third edition, published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Penguin/Random House.
Eilon’s work has appeared worldwide in publications such as The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Observer, Maxim, Wax Poetics, Saveur, Monocle, Conde Nast Traveler and Delta Airlines’ Sky magazine among others.
Dan is a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone, Revolver, Guitar World, the Jewish Daily Forward, and many other publications. He is the author of the acclaimed 1970s baseball histories Big Hair and Plastic Grass and Stars and Strikes, and the ebook Honky Tonk Tourist: The Night Buck Owens Almost Got Me Killed.
James “Roto” Rotondi
Editor-at-Large & Contributing Writer
Guitarist and author James Rotondi has been a touring member of Air, Mr. Bungle, and The Grassy Knoll, a former Senior Editor for both Guitar Player and Guitar World, and a contributing writer for Spin, Rolling Stone, Mojo, and Premier Guitar. His 2014 album Into the Unknown, by Roto’s Magic Act, was hailed for its “masterful songwriting” (Blurt Magazine) and “wickedly skilled guitar work” (Powerpopaholic). Rotondi is also the lead guitarist for the hard rock bands Hundred Hounds and The Cringe, and currently writes songs, composes music for television, and pens articles from his studio in East Nashville.
Barry Cleveland is a Los Angeles-based music journalist, author, guitarist, and composer. He was an editor at Guitar Player magazine for 12 years and has interviewed hundreds of guitarists, from megastars to cutting edge.
Barry has released five albums, as well as composing music for film and television, and is the author of the cult classic book, Joe Meek’s Bold Techniques.
Michael Molenda is the longest-serving Editor in Chief of Guitar Player (1997-2018) in the magazine’s 51-year history. He is currently the founder/CEO of guardiansofguitar.com; President of A&R, International Guitar/West Coast Rock for Mi5 Recordings/Universal; and guitarist/vocalist for The Trouble With Monkeys, which punks-up the hits of the fabulous Monkees.
Analog Mike started his fascination with guitar effects back in the mid 70s when he got a Maestro phaser. While he was working full-time as a software engineer on semiconductor test equipment, he started dealing in vintage guitars and pedals. After restoring many vintage pedals and finding them hard to locate he started building his own. These were based on requests from what people needed back in the mid 90s when the major manufacturers were making junk and there were few quality pedals available. He started out modifying Tube Screamers before the re-issue TS9 was available, and came out with the chorus and compressor in the 90s. He has kept the company fairly small and while most others have gone to factory production, his pedals are still made by hand. On the rare occasion that he is out of his office, Mike enjoys playing guitar and singing in his band, playing tennis, and working on and racing his sports cars.
Michael Ross is a writer/ musician/producer/bon vivant living in Nashville. He curates Guitar Moderne, dedicated to avant-garde and experimental guitar. He is a Consulting Editor at Guitar Player and contributes to Premier Guitar, Electronic Musician, and Sound On Sound. He is the author of Getting Great Guitar Sounds and All About Effects.
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Technical Advisor and Contributing Writer
Joshua Scott is the creator and president of JHS Pedals, one of the leading guitar pedal companies in the world. His YouTube series, the JHS Show, has garnered literally millions of views from musicians and guitar fanatics. In addition, Josh is also a public speaker who teaches the history and stories surrounding guitar technology and works as a guitar rig consultant for studio sessions and live tours.
Born in 1982 just a few miles from the legendary Muscle Shoals area of Alabama, Josh grew up raising horses with his family. Although he briefly considered a career as a bull-rider, smoke-jumper, and NBA superstar, as Josh grew up his love for music took center stage.
After graduating high school, Josh completed a year of college before deciding to drop out of school to pursue a full-time career as a musician. Josh functioned as a singer/songwriter and guitarist in several bands. In the years that followed, he also worked as both a live and studio guitarist, songwriter, and studio engineer and producer. After accidentally fixing a broken guitar pedal, he dove deep into electrical engineering and circuit design, resulting in the creation of JHS Pedals.
Even with these accomplishments, Josh is most proud of his wife Alice and their three amazing children: Ethan, Eli, and Emma. He is also learning to love Hank, the family dog.
In his spare time, Josh competes in endurance cycling, reads, enjoys Seinfeld at an obsessive level, and watches (and re-watches) every Ken Burns documentary he can find. His love for history has prompted him to compile a comprehensive catalog of interviews and published works related to guitar effects history to date, and he hopes to use these resources to write books on the history of the guitar, the guitar pedal, and its influence on modern culture.
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Cynthia Ann Schemmer is a Philadelpia-based writer, editor, and musician. She is the managing editor of She Shreds Magazine, the world’s only print publication dedicated to women guitarists and bassists. Her work has been published in The Score for Lincoln Center, Mask Magazine, Impose, Underwater New York, The Media, and She Shreds, among others. She currently plays guitar in Radiator Hospital, and in 2016 she released her debut solo album, Drawing Down the Moon, on Salinas Records under the name Swanning.
Bill Murphy is a freelance writer and guitarist, as well as the former label manager for Bill Laswell’s iconoclastic Axiom Records. During his 25 years as a New York City resident, he has contributed features, profiles and reviews to Rolling Stone, Time Out New York, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Bass Player, The Wire, Relix magazine and many more. He has also written liner notes for numerous album releases, including the lead essay for the Grammy-nominated Wingless Angels box set, produced by Keith Richards. Murphy appears on the 1995 album Giant Shirley, recorded by Funkadelic alum Tal Ross, and has been enshrined in P-Funk lore by legendary artist Pedro Bell, who “scartooned” him for the Axiom Funk album Funkcronomicon, also released in 1995. He resides in Manhattan and continues to play, record and write diligently, with designs on publishing an in-depth tome on the range and influence of Irish rock, provided he can secure Van Morrison’s personal blessing.
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A lifelong New Yorker, Anna Blumenthal is a guitarist, bassist, and vinyl-obsessed DJ. She was on staff at Guitar World, Guitar Player, Guitar Aficionado and Revolver Magazines, and has also contributed to The New York Times, Bust Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine and the EarthQuaker Devices blog. She’s seen Cheap Trick over 30 times.
Lee Ranaldo co-founded Sonic Youth in 1981, and has been active on the New York music and art scene for the past 35 years, recording and performing, producing records, exhibiting visual art and publishing several books of journals and poetry. His new LP Electric Trim was released in September 2017 on Mute Records.
Whitney is the lead guitarist and founding member of all-female, Seattle rock n’ roll band, Thunderpussy. The band signed to Stardog/Republic records in 2017 and is currently working on releasing their sophomore record. Born and raised in Marietta, GA, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest in 2010 to pursue a career in music, and drinking coffee in the rain.
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Author, journalist and radio producer Katherine Turman is co-author of the critically acclaimedLouder Than Hell: An Oral History of Metal (Harper Collins) and contributed to the books Tom Waits on Tom Waits and Women Who Rock: Bessie to Beyonce. Girl Groups to Riot Grrrl. She’s written for the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Guitar World, Village Voice, Billboard, and numerous other outlets, and was editor in chief of RIP magazine and the LA Alternative Press.
Matt Blackett is a guitarist, composer, and music industry consultant, and his music has been heard in major motion pictures and TV. Matt was also an editor at Guitar Player magazine for 15 years, interviewing and writing features on such great players as Brian May, Carlos Santana, Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Beck, and many others. In addition to playing gigs and doing sessions in the Bay Area, Matt works as the Director of Music and Sound for Rocket Worldwide, a virtual reality company in the Silicon Valley.
E.E. Bradman’s resumé as a composer, sound designer, percussionist, music director, and Grammy-nominated bassist includes the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, California Shakespeare Theater, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, African-American Shakespeare Company, Studio Theatre, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the New Pickle Circus, ALO, Lincoln-Mercury, Outlier Studios, as well as musical adventures throughout the U.S. and in Australia, the Bahamas, Botswana, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, and mainland China.
As a writer and editor, Elton has contributed to a long list of publications (including Rolling Stone, Vibe, Premier Guitar, Electronic Musician, Guitar World, Drum!, Bass Player, Bass Magazine, Keyboard, and Computer Shopper), worked for the City of New York, and overseen acclaimed books by preeminent jazz bassists Janek Gwizdala and Damian Erskine.
Dave Hunter is a writer and musician who has worked in both the U.S.A. and the U.K. He is the author of The Guitar Amp Handbook, The British Amp Invasion, Guitar Effects Pedals, The Fender Telecaster, The Gibson Les Paul, and a dozen other books, in addition to being a Consulting Editor for Guitar Player magazine and a contributor to Vintage Guitar, Premier Guitar, and The Guitar Magazine. Dave fronts the east coast power-pop band A Different Engine, and is a contributing essayist to the U.S. Library of Congress Recorded Archive.
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Tom is the founder and former Editor-In-Chief of Guitar Aficionado and Revolver magazines andhas also contributed to Guitar World,Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone,Billboard, New York, and Tape Op.
As a recording engineer and producer, he has worked with acts like Nada Surf, Guided by Voices, Juliana Hatfield, and Jennifer O’Connor. Music recorded or composed by Beaujour has also appeared in numerous films, advertisements, and television shows like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “ Orange is the New Black,” in which he also appears as John Glickman, lead guitarist of the band Side Boob.
Richard Bienstock is an editor with Guitar World magazine, and the former Executive Editor of Guitar Aficionado and Managing Editor of Guitar World Acoustic. He is also a musician and journalist who contributes to Rolling Stone, Billboard, Guitar Player and other titles, and has authored and co-authored several books, including Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the official companion book to the 2015 documentary film of the same name; Slash: An Intimate Portrait; and Aerosmith: The Ultimate Illustrated History of the Boston Bad Boys. He is currently co-authoring with a book with Tom Beaujour about the 1980s hard rock industry, to be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2019.
Jersey Shore born and bred. In addition to dozens of published works in Guitar One, Guitar Player and Just Jazz Guitar magazines, Chris’s written work has been seen in publications from Hal Leonard, Alfred and Course Technology including the critically acclaimed The Guitarists Guide to Music Reading.
After serving as a faculty member in the guitar department at Berklee College of Music, Chris became TrueFire artist releasing 40 titles on the market to date. Chris’ video work is also featured on Guitarinstructor.com
Matt Diehl is a writer, editor & filmmaker whose work is renowned for exploring the worlds of music, pop culture, true crime, guitars, & beyond. Diehl has authored or co-authored six books, each capturing a unique perspective from the contemporary zeitgeist – from Notorious C.O.P. (about the NYPD’s “hip-hop surveillance unit”) to Drinking With Strangers (the memoir of music-industry iconoclast Butch Walker). Diehl’s work appears regularly in the likes of Rolling Stone, The New York Times, GQ, Esquire, XXL, Los Angeles Times, W Magazine, Washington Post, Details, Billboard, Pitchfork, VIBE, The Hollywood Reporter, SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, Q, The Australian, & Interview Magazine. He’s the first person to ever interview Eminem, Pharrell, and Norah Jones, along with other scoops. As well, his band Nadsat Rebel was the first band recorded by Steve Albini in a professional studio; he played a teenaged Dave Grohl his first-ever punk rock records; and Joni Mitchell once called him an asshole on Canada’s most popular radio interview show. Diehl currently works and lives in Los Angeles, California.
Tzvi Gluckin is a Boston-based freelancer and guitarist. His work appears in Premier Guitar, Bandcamp Daily, Vice, and many other outlets. In his other life—when he isn’t obsessing about guitars—he runs a small nonprofit dedicated to innovations in Jewish education, and his expertise is the intersection of spirituality and music.
Growing up the son of a guitar collector, Al Lawson eventually succumbed to a similar fate. The London-based recording engineer, producer and mixer is now curating an “all killer – no filler” pedal collection, amongst other things. He was the European publisher of US recording magazine Tape Op from 2008-2013.
Mira moved back from Philly after college to her hometown of Boston last year and has since dedicated herself to working in the local americana/folk music scene. She catches live music most nights of the week and will travel near and far to hear some of her favorite bands Deer Tick, Langhorne Slim, and the Felice Brothers. She loves running and especially when the runs lead her to a new donut shop or bakery. She is hoping to get into music writing and is super stoked to be working on this project!