There was a time when the future guitar heroes of the Rock and Roll world were cobbling together their instruments from wardrobes, cigar boxes, tea chests, pencil cases, fuse wire and bread toasters. Guitar picks were fashioned out of ice cream containers and some of the greatest exponents of the rock guitar were, rehearsing in pigeon lofts and their mum’s kitchen before they became famous. In British Rock Guitar: the first 50 years, the musicians and their stories, Mo Foster brings together many of their recollections and stories and has written the definitive history of the importance of the guitar in the development of British music over the last 50 years. Evoking the atmosphere of the 50s and 60s, Foster draws on his own recollections and those of the greatest exponents of the rock guitar, from Hank Marvin to Brian May, and the many others. From backstage to touring to recording, he provides an insider’s view of the music business. The stories in British Rock Guitar chronicle the formative period during which the excitement of discovery, the naiveté, and the insane struggles gave birth to the rise and development of rock guitar in Britain, and helped to shape the way in which we perform and record today. Foster’s career as a renowned and prestigious contemporary bass player has spanned over 40 years. He is now established as a top session musician, solo artist, producer, composer, and now author. Among the hundreds of artists with whom he has worked are Phil Collins, Brian May, Ringo Starr, Van Morrison, Cliff Richard and The London Symphony Orchestra.