FROM THE MAGAZINE SHELF is an occasional feature of the FOUNTAINDALE LIBRARY REFERENCE BLOG. Postings will highlight titles that you might find of interest, but haven’t yet picked up to read and explore.

If you’re a guitar player or if you’re just interested in seeing some fabulously crafted recent and vintage instruments and tons of rock music memorabilia from the collection of Rick Nielsen, guitarist for Cheap Trick, you should visit the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL and tour the exhibit: “Rick’s Picks: A Lifelong Affair with Guitars and Music.” I made the journey to Rockford last month and was rewarded with an eye-popping, mind boggling experience. To get an idea of what you will see and hear at the exhibit, also have a look at Christopher Borrelli’s excellent article that appeared in the Chicago Tribune, titled “The ax collector” . I spent several hours at the exhibit and didn’t see it all. It is certainly worth a return visit. The exhibit runs through April 10, 2013.

After you’ve seen the exhibit, you may want to have a look at two popular guitar related  magazines that we have in our library collection. Vintage Guitar magazine is a monthly publication that has been around since the late 1980s. It focuses on vintage and classic fretted instruments and amplifiers, as well as covering effects and related gear. The scope of the magazine also includes articles on notable players, from all genres and eras. Among the contributors to the magazine is George Gruhn , owner of Gruhn Guitars in Nashville, TN and one of the country’s leading experts on vintage guitars. The magazine’s classified-ad section provides readers with access to a classic, used and new guitars, amps, accessories, videos, books, and more for sale. If you are a player or a collector or simply a fan, you owe it to yourself to have a look.

Guitar Player has a longer history and goes back to the late 1960s. This monthly magazine has appeal to a wide range of guitar enthusiasts and there is usually a little something for everyone in each issue, like in-depth artist features, extensive lessons, gear and music reviews, letters to the magazine, and more. Real players read Guitar Player.

You can find both Vintage Guitar magazine and Guitar Player at the Fountaindale Public Library on the 2nd Floor, in the Magazine and Newspaper area. With the exception of the most recent issue, these magazines are available for checkout with your library card. Stop by and have a look.      – Tom D.

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