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Guitar Craft: A Brief Introductory Guide to Practice

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Limited Deluxe Edition

The book is available as a deluxe collector’s hardback edition with slipcase in just 23 numbered and signed copies. It is also available as an E-book.

This Guide is an introduction to the practice of Guitar Craft, as experienced by one of its exponents from the late 1990s. It includes details of its guiding principles and the activities that made up daily life in a European Guitar Craft house at that time. Such activities involve guitar practice and the daily routine – kitchen, cleaning, etc. – as well as personal ‘inner work’ through Themes. The key GC repertoire is presented along with details of the New Standard Tuning and developing a relation with the guitar. Various complementary exercises are set out.

 

Hyparxic Dialogues

£60.00

Forthcoming in Autumn 2024

This book emerged out of a sequence of dialogues exploring the relationship between the observer and the observed. When we look at an image, a whole series of thoughts and emotions are provoked; social, psychological, and spiritual. Through a set of iconic photos by the artist and photographer Pablo Mandel, the viewer is invited to enter into the pictures and explore where they take them. To facilitate this journey, we match photos with words, which are aimed at opening up new insights and levels of perception. This is an interactive book which deepens our interpretation of the world that surrounds us’.

Parallel Lives: The Biographies of Ralph McTell

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Parallel Lives offers an artistic biography of the English singer-songwriter Ralph McTell. It sets out an account of his own family background when growing up in post war Britain and his emergence as a significant musician as part of the folk boom of the later 1960s. As well as exploring numerous songs, it includes quotes from Ralph drawn from extended interviews with him. The book also includes a series of interludes that approach the nature of the creative individual from a socio-cultural, psychological and ‘spiritual’ perspective.

The paperback version is no longer available, but the eBook – following up on two sold out physical editions – is fully revised and includes a new Forward and Post-script.

Exposures: the Work and Life of Robert Fripp

£14.99

Forthcoming in Autumn 2024

Exposures: The Work and Life of Robert Fripp
Michael Grenfell

Robert Fripp exploded into the rock music world with his band King Crimson as the 1960s came to a close. And, quickly established himself as the most original guitarist of his generation. Seven ground-breaking LP recordings then appeared in just six years, each one setting a higher standard in artistic innovation. During that time Fripp also developed a unique relationship with his audience. Always highly informed and articulate, he was not afraid to address issues of the contemporary world, the rock scene and the place of music in both.

By the mid-decade, he had enough; and retired to undertake a year-long spiritual sabbatical in the Oxfordshire countryside before re-emerging with a new band and a new approach to life and music.

This book sets out the events and processes of these formative years – as well as what happened next. More than the usual rock journalistic style, it roots Fripp’s life and work in the socio-historical and cultural contexts from which both emerged. The unfolding nature of King Crimson is, of course, central to the account, as set within the predominant cultural trends of the day. But, across its chapters, there is opportunity to explore Fripp’s biographical background, his philosophy and business practice. Discussion of the spiritual tradition that shaped him and his efforts to establish ethical business practice is framed by his own personal experiences and the insights these gave rise to.

The reader will finally understand the integrated nature of his work and life – as guitarist, musician, teacher, businessman, and author – and the principles of practice, which underpin both.

Mind Body 40 days

Forty daily readings for those who are beginning mind-body practices and for those who are beginning again. The central aim of Mind Body 40 Days is to provide a fresh and lasting understanding of mind-body practice. Because of where and when it is being written, you may find principles of this work surfacing at a market in Morocco, by a roadside in Ghana, or floating on a catamaran in the Indian Ocean. Please come along and enjoy the ride.

 

Limited hand-bound edition available April 2024

Guitar Craft: Breve Introducción a la Práctica

Este libro es una breve introducción a Guitar Craft según la experiencia de uno de sus practicantes. Contiene un detalle de los principios rectores y las actividades que constituían la vida cotidiana en una casa europea de Guitar Craft de fines de los 90, tales como la práctica con la guitarra, la rutina diaria y el trabajo personal “interior” a través de Temas. El libro presenta además el repertorio clave de Guitar Craft, detalles de la Nueva Afinación Estándar (New Standard Tuning), pautas para el desarrollo de una relación renovada con la guitarra y varios ejercicios complementarios.

 

Editado por Pomera Ediciones Argentina
Copyright © Michael Grenfell
De la traducción © Pablo Ferraioli
Editor ejecutivo: Pablo Mandel

 

La presente edición artesanal, limitada y numerada, fue impresa en Circular Studio en papel Fedrigoni Bulky Cream 75 g, con una impresora Ricoh P800.
Encuadernado artesanal por Paula Ileana Favaloro

 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mayo de 2023

 

ISBN de la edición en inglés: 978-0-9935670-2-5

Edición especial disponible para compra a un precio de $40 USD en Pomera Ediciones Argentina. Puedes contactar vía Facebook, Instagram o email (info@pomera.co.uk) para coordinar compra y entrega.

 

 

Bourdieu’s Metanoia: Seeing the Social World Anew (Associate Publication)

Bourdieu once commented that what was needed was a ‘new gaze’ on the social world – a metanoia. This book describes this view and how to do it. Based on biographical detail and the socio-political contexts which surrounded him, it sets out his vision of society and culture. Grounded on the distinction between traditional and modern worlds, it shows how ethnographic experience led Bourdieu to an intellectual epiphany. It demonstrates the growth of his conceptual tools and the emergence of ‘field theory’ in various contexts: law, religion, fashion, sport, culture, fine art, philosophy, literature and politics.

Purchase here:

https://www.routledge.com/Bourdieus-Metanoia-Seeing-the-Social-World-Anew/Grenfell/p/book/9781032192864

Digital Hybrid: Seeking the Sacred Through Music Software

Forthcoming in Autumn 2024

Digital Hybrid is the culmination of Tywi J H Roberts’ PhD composition work at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, which was an extensive exploration of integration between electronic forces and acoustic forces in both recording and performance situations, as well as distributed creativity among many collaborating artists and performers.

The book takes the form of a creative commentary, and is an accompaniment to the album of the same name (releasing in 2022). It has been synthesised from a collation of Tywi’s writings on all the major works which he premiered in the period from 2018 – 2021.