Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer


Philip Watson

Published: 17/03/2022

Over a period of forty-five years, Bill Frisell has established himself as one of the most innovative and influential musicians at work today.

Growing up playing clarinet in orchestras and marching bands, Frisell has progressed through a remarkable range of musical personas – from devotee of jazz master Jim Hall to ‘house guitarist’ of estimable German label ECM, from edgy New York downtown experimentalist to plaintive country and bluegrass picker. He has been a pioneering bandleader and collaborator, a prolific com- poser and arranger and a celebrated Grammy Award winner.

A quietly revolutionary guitar hero who has synthesised many disparate mu- sical elements into one compellingly singular sound, Frisell connects to a diverse range of artists and admirers, including Paul Simon, Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Gus Van Sant, Marianne Faithfull and Justin Vernon, many of whom feature in this book.

Through unprecedented access to the guitarist and interviews with his close family, friends and associates, Philip Watson tells Frisell’s story for the first time.

Featuring Exclusive Listening Session With: Paul Simon; Justin Vernon of Bon Iver; Gus Van Sant; Rhiannon Giddens; The Bad Plus; Gavin Bryars; Van Dyke Parks; Sam Amidon; Hal Willner; Jim Woodring; Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

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Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamer: The Guitarist Who Changed the Sound of American Music
Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571361663
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 847 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 40 mm
Edition: Main
Paperback 560 Pages

Published: 17/03/2022