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.