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One Long Tune

The Life and Music of Lenny Breau

Ron Forbes-Roberts, Gene Lees (Foreword by)


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Paperback (12/19/2006)


Chet Atkins called Lenny Breau (1941-"1984) "the greatest guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth." Breau's astonishing virtuosity influenced countless performers, but unfortunately it came at the expense of his personal relationships. Forbes-Roberts analyzes Breau's recordings to reveal an enormously gifted man as well as the inner workings of his music. The publication of this fascinating story confirms Breau's musical importance.

Praise For One Long Tune: The Life and Music of Lenny Breau

“A thorough and fascinating biography, which includes a discography and analysis of Breau''s recordings.” --Toronto Globe and Mail

“Forbes-Roberts does a credible job of depicting the variables that fostered Breau’s total devotion to his instrument and subsequent descent into heroin addiction. Where Forbes-Roberts does his best work though, is in his technical explanations of Breau’s unique guitar system and his comprehensive critical analyses of the artist’s recording sessions.” --All About Jazz

“Forbes-Roberts walks the line between adulation and research, music nerd and general interest reporter, with aplomb, and most importantly delivers a very readable account of a personality most readers should find endearing (if heartbreaking), even if they’d never previously heard of Breau.”--Boston Phoenix

“The author has delivered a comprehensive, well-written book that evokes both sympathy and admiration for [Breau], with painstaking documentation of his technical approach.” --The Toronto Star

“Lenny Breau was, and will always be, a great treasure. We need him today more than ever.” --Mundell Lowe

“In his brilliantly written and exhaustively researched biography, Forbes-Roberts gets to the essence of the creative process itself and the meaning of what it is to be an underappreciated genius.” --Bill Milkowski, author of Jaco

University of North Texas Press, 9781574412109, 325pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2006