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    DescriptionOn February 16 1969, John McLaughlin flew into New York, from London, in a snowstorm. The following day, Miles Davis, his hero, invited him to play on a record. Two years later, on the path of Bengali mystic Sri Chinmoy, John launched The Mahavishnu Orchestra-an evocation in music of spiritual aspiration and extraordinary power, volume and complexity, far beyond anything else in jazz or rock. Curiously, it was also a huge success. John McLaughlin brought rock music to its pinnacle, the end point in an evolution from Mississippi blues through Coltrane, Hendrix and The Beatles. And then, in November 1975, he hung up his electric guitar and walked away from the stadiums of the rock world for an ongoing, restless career in music of other forms. To most of the world, John McLaughlin looked like an overnight success, with a backstory going back only as far as that February in 1969. Yet he had been a professional musician since 1958, experiencing all the great movements in British music-trad jazz, rock'n'roll, R and B, soul, modern jazz, free jazz, psychedelic rock-a guitar for hire at the centre of 'Swinging London', a bandmate of future members of Cream, Pentangle and Led Zeppelin, but always just under the radar. Drawing on dozens of exclusive interviews and many months of meticulous research, author and music historian Colin Harper brings that unrepeatable era vividly to life. This landmark new work retrieves for the first time the incredible career of John McLaughlin before he conquered the world-and then chronicles how he did so.


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    Title
    Bathed in Lightning
    Subtitle
    John McLaughlin, the 60s and the Emerald Beyond
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Colin Harper
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 1,021 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781908279514
    ISBN 10: 1908279516
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Libri: I-MU
    BIC subject category V2: AVRL1
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.1
    BIC subject category V2: BGF
    Ingram Subject Code: MU
    BIC subject category V2: AVH
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: AVGJ
    B&T General Subject: 540
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 40
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25970
    BISAC V2.8: MUS050000
    Abridged Dewey: 780
    LC classification: ML
    BISAC V2.8: BIO004000
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400, A08205070
    BISAC V2.8: MUS033000
    DC23: 787.87165092
    Illustrations note
    80 black and white in plate section
    Publisher
    Outline Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Jawbone
    Publication date
    20 March 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Colin Harper wrote professionally on music for The Independent, Irish Times, Mojo and other titles during the 1990s. He is the author of Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British folk and blues revival (Bloomsbury, 2000; revised 2006 and 2011) and co-author of Irish Folk, Trad and Blues: A Secret History (Collins Press, 2004).