One Long Tune

The Life and Music of Lenny Breau

By Ron Forbes-Roberts

Foreword by Gene Lees

978-1-57441-230-7 Paperback
6 x 9 x 0 in
344 pp. 20 b&w photos. Notes.
Pub Date: 12/19/2006


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Best Jazz Publication of 2006 from All About Jazz, New York, 2006
Chet Atkins called Lenny Breau (1941–1984) “the greatest guitarist who ever walked the face of the earth.” Breau began playing the instrument at age seven, and went on to master many styles, especially jazz. Between 1968 and 1983 he made a series of recordings that are among the most influential guitar albums of the century.

Breau’s astonishing virtuosity influenced countless performers, but unfortunately it came at the expense of his personal relationships. Despite Breau’s fascinating life story and his musical importance, no full-length biography has been published until now. Forbes-Roberts has interviewed more than 175 people and closely analyzed Breau’s recordings to reveal an enormously gifted man and the inner workings of his music.

Published by University of North Texas Press