Behind the Frets : The Autobiography of Al Di Meola

Al Di Meola and Jeffrey A. Mangus

08-05-25

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08-05-25

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography

Description

Living guitar legend, Al Di Meola, candidly discusses his life and career in this unique autobiography from a one-of-a-kind musician.

In his rich, distinctive voice, Di Meola opens up about his life, musical development, collaborations, and revolutionary guitar style, from the harrowing journey of surviving life-threatening brain surgery—at just eight years old—to his breakthrough appearance onstage at Carnegie Hall at nineteen. In his first book, Di Meola pulls apart the legend to reveal the man, discussing his relationship with Les Paul, battles over contractual earnings, and the intense pressure he faced to join Scientology.

Al Di Meola is a Grammy Award–winning artist with three gold albums who has collaborated with some of the best musicians in the world, including Santana, Frank Zappa, Luciano Pavarotti, and many more. This invaluable addition to the cannon of musical literature will be savored by Di Meola’s legions of fans, guitarists in every genre, musicologists, and casual listeners alike.

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Language English
Release Day Aug 4, 2025
Release Date August 5, 2025
Release Date Machine 1754352000
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Biographies & Memoirs, Art & Literature
Author Bio
Al  Di Meola

Al Di Meola is a living guitar legend, a pioneer of impeccable guitar technique who traverses multiple genres, including flamenco, Latin, fusion, jazz, and rock. He is a Grammy Award winner with three gold albums who has sold more than six million albums worldwide. His musical collaborations have spanned the generations with artists such as Jimmy Page, Santana, Herbie Hancock, Frank Zappa, Luciano Pavarotti, and myriad others. Over the arc of his astounding career, he has been honored by Guitar Player magazine with more awards (eleven total) than any other guitarist in history. He is also the only four-time winner of the Best Jazz Guitarist award from that same magazine, as well as the recipient of the prestigious Miles Davis Award.

Overview

Living guitar legend, Al Di Meola, candidly discusses his life and career in this unique autobiography from a one-of-a-kind musician.

In his rich, distinctive voice, Di Meola opens up about his life, musical development, collaborations, and revolutionary guitar style, from the harrowing journey of surviving life-threatening brain surgery—at just eight years old—to his breakthrough appearance onstage at Carnegie Hall at nineteen. In his first book, Di Meola pulls apart the legend to reveal the man, discussing his relationship with Les Paul, battles over contractual earnings, and the intense pressure he faced to join Scientology.

Al Di Meola is a Grammy Award–winning artist with three gold albums who has collaborated with some of the best musicians in the world, including Santana, Frank Zappa, Luciano Pavarotti, and many more. This invaluable addition to the cannon of musical literature will be savored by Di Meola’s legions of fans, guitarists in every genre, musicologists, and casual listeners alike.