I've just received some good news about the long-awaited Stochelo Rosenberg Book. The book, which has been in the works for two years, is slated to be available this summer and advanced-orders will be taken very shortly -- as early as later this week!
And, sit down for this one folks: Plans are being made for Stochelo to come to the USA this year to conduct workshops based on his book!
Here are the details:
Name of the book:
-- "Stochelo Rosenberg." It will be a hardcover book, similar in style and size to Francois Charle's "The Story of Selmer Maccaferri Guitars." The book will also come with a special CD (See below).
What will it contain?
-- The book begins with a look at the personal and professional life of Stochelo Rosenberg. It also contains a chapter on Mario Maccaferri (with new pictures I believe); a look at the important guitars in Stochelo's life--from his first childhood guitar to his current Eimers guitars; a diagram of the Rosenberg family tree; and an extensive interview with Stochelo about his playing style with break-down discussions about right-hand picking techinques, etc. Most of the photos are in color and contain rare family photos, personal photos and photos provided by close associates of the Rosenberg family. Many have never been previously published.
Number of pages:
-- The book contains approximately 200 pages. 130 pages contain text and photos; 60 pages contain printed scores and guitar tabulature to five new songs Stochelo composed and recorded specifically for this book.
-- The book will be published in Dutch, English, French, and German.
What about the CD?:
-- Stochelo composed and recorded five new titles specifically for this book. Three versions of each of these songs will be on the CD. They include 1) the full-band recording; 2) a rhythm-section only recording; and 3) a solo-section only recording (so you can clearly hear his solo work when deciphering the scores or tabulatures).
First, I will announce the website for this book as soon as I hear that it's up and running. Advanced-orders will need to be made at the website.
People placing advanced-orders will get a lot of extra goodies, to include:
-- A numbered edition, autographed by Stochelo Rosenberg.
-- A special Wegen pick designed for and as used by Stochelo Rosenberg (black, with an indent on the top, and an imprinted "SR" shield)
-- Three additional tracks on the CD! Two tracks by Wasso Grunholz who was Stochelo's guitar teacher, and the first song ever recorded by Stochelo when he was a teenager (approx. 1986).
I will let you know as soon as I hear the website is up -- so keep posted.