If one has the slightest interest in electric guitar effects pedals (or “stompboxes”), then this monster of a compendium is definitely for you. The book works on many different levels. It's an absolutely fascinating rundown of an astonishing array of musicians who in their own words discuss the pedals that have been most influential in their creative process, accompanied by meticulous photos. The entries are absolutely enthralling, from classic rockers Billy Gibbons and Peter Frampton, to artier suspects like Nels Cline and Bill Frisell, to punkers Steve Albini and Meat Puppets' Curt Kirkwood, and to J. Mascis/Dinosaur Jr.'s “Big Muff Museum.” One of the year's best music books.
By Dan Epstein, James Rotondi, Barry Cleveland
Photographs by Eilon Paz