Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir


Oft-hailed as the Jimi Hendrix of his generation, living guitar legend Joe Satriani has long transcended stylistic boundaries with a sound that raises the bar like a new horizon for the broader genre of instrumental guitar rock. Joe's 6-string secrets have astounded listeners around the world for nearly 30 years.

In Strange Beautiful Music: A Musical Memoir, Satriani and coauthor, music biographer Jake Brown, take fans on their first authorized tour of the story behind his climb to stardom and the creative odyssey involved in writing and recording a storied catalog of classics including "Surfing with the Alien," "Summer Song," "Satch Boogie," "Always With Me, Always With You," "The Extremist," "Flying in a Blue Dream," "Crowd Chant," and more. 

Featuring previously unpublished photos and hours of exclusive, firsthand interviews with Satriani, Strange Beautiful Music offers a unique look inside the studio with Joe, giving fans a chance to get up close and personal like never before. With insider details about his collaboration with multi-platinum supergroup Chickenfoot, exclusive interviews with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, commentary from fellow guitar legends such as Steve Vai, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Primus's Larry LaLonde, and legendary music producers including Glynn Johns and the late Andy Johns, this memoir offers a rare inside look for die-hard Satriani fans, guitar enthusiasts, and anyone who loves to rock.


This book is really like the title says, beautiful music. Joe Satriani has been making music for decades and he takes you through his journey. From his learning to play the guitar to actually teaching and one of his students was Steve Vai, I thought that was actually an interesting part of this book because both of these men are guitar giants now. I don’t know how many people have heard of Joe Satriani, but I do know it is more than when his Surfing with an alien album first came out. Not only was that a very good album but it was totally different and perfect at the time. From there each record was something different until he got together with Chicken Foot. Now that music is special and I wish they could make more records. He takes you through each album he made and the people that were on them. There are also excerpts from the people that worked on those records talking about making them. Overall I thought it was a good book talking about the music that he has made over the years like the title stated. I got this book from I gave it 4 stars. Follow us at

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