Jeff Beck: Hot Wired Guitar, by Martin Power


Here’s the Japanese edition of Martin Power’s hefty Jeff Beck biography.  This is still considered the standard work by a lot of Beck fans. It’s a fascinating read too. Here are a few select review quotes from when the first UK edition came out…

“A contender for music biography of the year is Martin Power’s Hot Wired Guitar : The Life of Jeff Beck. Exhaustive doesn’t really describe how thoroughly Power has researched his subject having interviewed practically everyone who’s played a part in Beck’s illustrious career and sourcing everything that seems to have been written about him. At 487 pages it’s a fitting monument to a guitar player who many still believe to be the best alive today.”
–Caught by the River

“Martin Power takes a conscientious, methodical trawl from his Thames Delta origins to his musical awakening…Intriguingly Power traces much of the Beck legend to a serious head injury sustained when he was eleven…it is part of Beck’s genius that he transformed this trauma into a major artistic tool and applied it so spectacularly to such a range of musics..This book does the job thoroughly.”
–Charles Shaar Murray, Classic Rock

“Solid biog of an influential and evergreen legend. It’s these early years of Beck’s professional life that make the most evocative reading in this weighty biography, thanks mainly to the personal recollections of fellow Yardbirds Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty, their memories of a thriving Home Counties R&B scene bringing the 60s to life…offers a fulsome chronicle of one of the UK’s best musicians’ development…admirable gumshoe work by a writer who’s clearly also a major fan.”
–Record Collector

“The most delightful aspect of this volume is the drawing of Jeff’s wonderful sense of humour, his humility, his mentoring and encouragement of young up-and-coming musicians.”
–The Beat

“Power’s good on how the visual blueprint for Nigel Tufnel would rather talk hot rods than string gauges, and his lengthy study of beck successfully maps a career with countless twists. Power’s approach…yields toothsome nuggets.”
–James McNair, MOJO

“Jeff Beck: Hot Wired Guitar is an incredibly authoritative and fascinating account of the legendary guitar man’s journey from a South London upbringing in the 40s to the global success of 2010 album Emotion and Commotion and beyond.”
–The Irish World

“If talk of a “prototype signature Strat with Wilkinson-equipped tremolo” sets your pulse racing – and you can almost hear legions of Beck fans shouting “Yes, it does” – then your book has arrived.”