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Press Release: June 5th, 2019

© Author photo credit to: Richard Sibbald
 
The American Book Center Amsterdam offers the exceptional opportunity to meet Geddy Lee, frontman of the Hall of Fame rock group Rush, on Thursday June 13th, 18:00.

On a signing tour with his Big Beautiful Book of Bass, Geddy Lee will welcome fans and bass nerds in the bookstore in order to personalize their copies of the book. The American Book Center is one of five stops on his tour through Europe.

Date: Thursday, June 13th 18:00
ABC Amsterdam, Spui 12
Admission :
EUR 79,95; incl. 1 copy of the book
Ticket reservations for the event

About the book
From Rush frontman Geddy Lee's personal collection of vintage electric bass guitars, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s, comes the definitive volume on the subject.

Geddy's love of the bass has been nurtured over a lifetime spent in the limelight as one of the world's premier rock bassists. For the past seven years, he's dedicated himself to studying the history of the instrument that's been so essential to his career, collecting hundreds of basses from around the globe.

Written with arts journalist Daniel Richler, gorgeously photographed in breathtaking detail by Richard Sibbald, and with insight from Geddy's trusted bass tech and curator, John "Skully" McIntosh, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass profiles over 250 classic basses from Geddy’s extensive collection. Representing every tone in the bass palette, every nuance of the rock and roll genre as well as blues, jazz, pop, and country, this one-of-a-kind collection features so-called "beauty queens"—pristine instruments never lifted from their cases—as well as "road warriors"—well-worn, sweat-soaked basses that proudly show their age and use. Complete with personal commentary from Geddy that showcases his knowledge both as a musician and an aficionado, this luxuriously produced volume is a revelatory look at the heavy hitters in the world of bass-Fender, Gibson/Epiphone, Rickenbacker, Höfner, Ampeg - and lesser known but influential global luthiers such as Antonio Wandr Pioli, Dan Armstrong, and Tony Zemaitis.

The book also features interviews with John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin); Adam Clayton (U2); Robert Trujillo (Metallica); Jeff Tweedy (Wilco); Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones); Les Claypool (Primus); Bob Daisley (Rainbow); Fender expert and owner of the legendary Gibson Explorer, Bass Ken Collins; veteran guitar tech for The Who, Alan Rogan; plus comments from many other great players across three decades of rock and roll.

Written in Geddy's singular voice, this book reveals the stories, songs, and history behind the instruments of his inimitable collection. Complete with an index and a graphically designed timeline of the history of the bass, as well as an up-close look at Geddy's basses on Rush's final R40 Tour, his stage and recording gear from 1968 to 2017, and forewords by author and respected vintage expert, Terry Foster, and Rush band member, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass is the ultimate compendium for the consummate collector, musician, Rush fan, and anyone who loves the bass guitar.
Press Contact:
Charlotte Lacroix
press@abc.nl
ABC Amsterdam: Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam
Company Info:
The American Book Center (ABC for short) is an innovative and stubbornly independent English-language book company with stores in the heart of Amsterdam (1972) and The Hague (1976). Our team of more than 40 funky, geeky, and knowledgeable international booksellers make great customer service their first priority and most of them are also buyers for the unique selection of books, magazines and merchandise ABC has on offer.
Our stores have about 60.000 titles in stock, and our website, www.abc.nl, offers an additional 7 million titles. ABC specializes in (niche) genres like graphic design, comics, business, psychology, music, history but also stocks the latest (fiction) bestsellers and hard-to-find titles.
With the introduction of the Espresso Book Machine in 2010, ABC was the first bookstore in continental Europe to offer on-demand book printing services.
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