Geddy Lee to Release Book About History of the Bass Guitar
Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass will be published on Dec. 4, and features the stories behind 250 famous and rare basses, as well as interviews with some of the instrument's most famous players.
"It's not surprising that sooner or later I'd dive down the proverbial rabbit hole into the world of vintage bass guitars," Lee said in a press release for the book.
Lee spent seven years working on Geddy Lee's Big Beautiful Book of Bass. He enlisted Richard Sibbald to photograph a wide assortment of basses, ranging from those that have weathered years of use on stages around the globe to one-of-a-kind instruments that have barely been played, complete with Lee's thoughts on them. His own bass collection, which includes instruments made in the '50s, is featured too, showing off those used on Rush's R40 tour and detailing his stage and studio setups from throughout his career.
Such notables as Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, Robert Trujillo of Metallica, U2's Adam Clayton, Bob Daisley, Les Claypool of Primus and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy were interviewed for the book. Lee's Rush bandmate, Alex Lifeson, wrote one of the book's forewords; there's also commentary by other musicians.