One Man's Ear-Splitting Quest to Find His Guitar Heroes
It Books, Paperback, 9780061964961, 308pp.
Publication Date: July 31, 2012
When Scott McKenzie was a young man, he thought he saw God . . .
The deity was all in black with knee-high silver boots, a patent-leather breastplate, and full face makeup, clutching a beautiful, custom Les Paul guitar. Ace Frehley, lead guitarist for the rock group KISS, wasn't God but hearing his piercing, shrieking, screaming, outrageous guitar solos was a transcendent spiritual experience for a boy from rural Kentucky, making him feel uplifted, a witness to a higher power.
Two decades later, a grown-up Scott McKenzie vowed to meet Ace Frehley in the flesh as well as the other gods and demigods who have held divine power over a generation of worshipful metal fans: legendary guitar champions like Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest and Phil Collen of Def Leppard, hallowed names like Steve Vai, Warren DeMartini, and John 5.
Power Chord is a chronicle of Scott McKenzie's epic quest to stand in the presence of metal greatness to meet his omnipotent guitar gods face-to-face and get them to divulge their otherworldly secret.
“A highly entertaining tale about heroism, dreams, debauchery, unnecessary umlauts and loud, loud music.”
-A. J. Jacobs
“Power Chord captures the essence of why we become lifetime devotees to our rock gods.”
-Rudy Sarzo, bass player for Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, & Dio
“Scott McKenzie captures why we all became obsessed with the electric guitar. There was something that spoke to us. The look, the sound, and the whole embodiment of the electric guitar took us to another world. Put down your guitar and read POWER CHORD!”
-Stacey Blades of L.A. Guns