Prairie Bohemian: Frank Gay's Life in Music

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Prairie Bohemian: Frank Gay's Life in Music

University of Alberta PressPrairie Bohemian: Frank Gay's Life in Music9781772120479

Until his death in 1982, Edmonton luthier and guitarist Frank Gay built guitars for several famous musicians, including country stars Johnny Cash, Don Gibson, Webb Pierce, and Hank Snow. He captivated listeners with his singular talent on guitar and other instruments, and was well known within the music industry. Trevor Harrison’s detective work uncovers the story of this private, charming, and bohemian man, doing a tremendous service to Canadian culture and music history. Harrison pieces together Frank Gay’s life through interviews with people who knew him and saw him play. Very few recordings of him playing exist, and the sparse accounts of Gay’s life and work raise more questions than they answer. Musicians and instrument makers, as well as those interested in Canadian music or Edmonton’s colourful past, will be fascinated by this biography of western Canadian luthier, musician, and guitar virtuoso Frank Gay.

Softcover book, measures 6x9 inches. 248 pages. 25 B&W photographs, bibliography, notes, appendix, index. Published by The University of Alberta Press, ISBN 9781772120479.