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AbstractLogix :: Abstract Logix Label :: Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra - Walter Kolosky (Book)

Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra - Walter Kolosky (Book)
Power, Passion and Beauty: The Story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra - Walter Kolosky (Book) 
You've heard about the book. Here it is! Finalist for the 2007 ARSC Award for "Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research."

"If you really want to know where the fusion thing began, read this. John McLaughlin and his Mahavishnu Orchestra was at the very center of this genre and Power, Passion and Beauty is at the very center of that history". - Steven Rosen for Curled-up with a Good Book

"That book (Power, Passion and Beauty is great! - Chick Corea.

Read an excerpt from the Book

It's about time somebody wrote a book about the Mahavishnu Orchestra! Starting in 1971 and lasting in one form or another for five years, the MO exploded onto the popular music scene while simultaneously trashing all existing conventions, forging a new direction that is still controversial to this day. The loudest and fastest band in the entire world, the MO literally could "scare" people – yet also could create music of great beauty. While the volatility of the music and the pressure of sudden, unexpected fame would extinguish the Mahavishnu Orchestra's flame, the band's powerful influence lives on today in classical, jazz, rock, hip-hop, rap, progressive rock, world, heavy and death-metal, jam band and even country music landscapes.

All five members of the original band, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman and Rick Laird, cooperated with the author. In addition, over 100 people, including some of the world's greatest musicians and artists, provide comments exclusive to this book. Among those commenting for the book are Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck, Sir George Martin, Jean-Luc Ponty, Peter Max, Joe Zawinul, Bill Frisell, Dennis Chambers, Bill Bruford, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Herring, Jonas Hellborg, Mark Egan, John Scofield, Steve Lukather, Lyle Mays, Steve Morse, Joey DeFrancesco, Narada Michael Walden and many, many more.

The book also contains many rare and never before seen images that capture the spirit of the band and its times.

Experience this remarkable story through those that lived it and are still living it. You will be captured by the Power, Passion and Beauty of it all.


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Author: Doc V.
Kolosky's book is little more than a compilation of poorly organized anecdotes supplemented by his own hollow commentaries. The work is an example of poor scholarship at its best.


Author: armin
it may be pooply organized and poorly written but that didnt stop me from reading the entire peice today, its the peoples interest maybe obsession with john mclaughlin and his music that will keep people reading not (sorry walter)walters horrible authorsh


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Author: drumminfool
Poorly organized ? Poorly written ? Maybe you guys haven't been reading the same book I have? First of all those "anecdotes" are actual quotes obtained from the members of the band themselves as well as their musical peers. Mr. Kolosky let the b


Author: Mahavishnufan
I have followed the MO for 30+ years. This is a GREAT book- accurately written -with a lot of meaningful insights. "Doc"- get an eye exam man!


Author: Richard Baker (fender58@gmail.com)
I fully enjoyed this book. Although I'm a fan of the entire band, I was more interested in learning more about Jan Hammer. To me, he was easily the most expressive and melodic of all of the soloists as well as having invented the use of proper note bending on the MiniMoog. "The First Seven Days" is still one of my all-time faves. I've always felt he deserved more recognition and I believe this may have been the downfall of the MO - the fact that he was as much or more of a talent as John and Billy, who received most of the acclaim in those days. The book seems to back this up as well. I also want to make note of a recording that was not identified in the book that I happen to own. It's called "Mar Y Sol" - it's a concert recording of several bands including MO doing "Noonward Race". Simply astonishing playing. They do the killer intro that's not on the Inner Mounting Flame version and John and Billy were incredibly tight on their duets. It's also a very good recording.


Author: Michael Tiemann
Great story, great book, great read. I have no idea who is posting the sour grapes, but I recommend this book without reservation. It is illuminating and down-to-earth at the same time.


Author: Doug
One of the greatest music books ever written! A book that was LONG overdue! An OUTSTANDING book Walter! Thanks for writing it!

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