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Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer: The Memoirs of Norman Harris

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Authors: Norman W. Harris and David Yorkin

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Miami Daze
Draft Board ’69
Moving to California
The Hendrix of the Electric Bass
Union Dues, Music Stores, and Buying Strategy
Encounter With a Beatle
A Gentleman Named Robbie
Eddie’s Custom Strat
Crash Corriganville
Norm’s in Hollywood
Plan B
Founding Fathers of Fender
The Right Time to Sell
King of the Swaps
The Elusive ’burst
Advertising Pays
World Famous Tinkerer
The Ones That Got Away
Mysterious One-Offs
The Greatest Unknown Guitarist
Fogerty’s Rick
Scary Situations
Killer Basses
Playing for Laughs
A Really Good Guy
Reo Dave
A Piece of the Magic
Unexpected Gifts
A Mission
Shaking All Over
You Can’t Do It Alone
Conclusion
Photographs

In Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer, Norman Harris tells how he became the world's leading seller of vintage guitars.

As founder and owner of the legendary store Norman's Rare Guitars, he has sold some of the finest fretted string instruments to the biggest stars in the world, including George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and many others.

In 1970 Harris moved to Los Angeles in hopes of hitting the big time in music. His first plan was performing, but plan B was buying and selling guitars, and he had no idea how much opportunity for this there would be.

Many groups came to LA also hoping to hit it big, but those who didn't might have to sell their instruments. This helped make early-1970s Los Angeles a haven for beautiful vintage guitars.

At the same time, Hollywood was beginning to realize the value of time-correct instruments in film, and the recording industry recognized the high-quality sound vintage instruments produced.

The value of these instruments has grown dramatically since the '70s, and the vintage guitar market has become an international phenomenon – with Norman Harris at the center of it all.

Filled with fascinating stories and insights into the entertainment business, Confessions of a Vintage Guitar Dealer is an intriguing memoir from a man who has spent a lifetime getting extraordinary instruments into the hands of extraordinary artists.

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