In Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer, Norman Harris tells how he became the world's leading seller of vintage guitars. As founder and owner of the legendary store Norman's Rare Guitars, he has sold some of the finest fretted string instruments to the biggest stars in the world, including George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and many others.
In 1970 Harris moved to Los Angeles in hopes of hitting the big time in music. His first plan was performing, but plan B was buying and selling guitars, and he had no idea how much opportunity for this there would be. Many groups came to LA also hoping to hit it big, but those who didn't might have to sell their instruments. This helped make early-1970s Los Angeles a haven for beautiful vintage guitars. At the same time, Hollywood was beginning to realize the value of time-correct instruments in film, and the recording industry recognized the high-quality sound vintage instruments produced. The value of these instruments has grown dramatically since the '70s, and the vintage guitar market has become an international phenomenon – with Norman Harris at the center of it all.
Filled with fascinating stories and insights into the entertainment business, Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer is an intriguing memoir from a man who has spent a lifetime getting extraordinary instruments into the hands of extraordinary artists.
About the Author
NORMAN HARRIS (Los Angeles, CA), owner of the renowned Norman's Rare Guitars, has for 50 years bought and sold treasured guitars in deals with the world's top stars and supplied instruments for more than 100 TV shows, music videos, and films, including Back to the Future, The Last Waltz, and This Is Spinal Tap. His previous book, Norman's Rare Guitars, displayed beautiful vintage guitars from his collection. Harris has been featured in the Robb Report, LA Magazine, and every guitar magazine worldwide.
David Yorkin is a writer and guitar player. After collecting guitars for years, he was officially diagnosed with G.A.S (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) which led him to numerous visits to Norman's Rare Guitars where he eventually befriended Norm. They bonded over their mutual passion for older styles of music as well as the fine vintage instruments that helped create that music.
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