- Behind the Frets
Introduction by Steve Vai
Release Date: 8/05/25
Formats: Trade Print ARC
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.