BRIAN VEGAS - GUITARIST
"Thank you for taking the time to compile such a wicked resource for us new kids picking up the instrument!"
GEORGE GRUHN - AUTHOR/DESIGNER/GRUHN GUITARS, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE
"While I am very familiar with the history of guitar manufacturing in the USA as well as the music scene in Nashville and the Southeast, I found it fascinating and highly informative to read Jim Diana's book Strings of Memories about some of the great musicians and the early music scene of the East Coast and the West Coast which was remarkably different from Nashville. The older I get, the more I find how much there is still to learn."
Ted Lombard – Pianist/Educator
"I'm reading "Strings of Memories" and really enjoying it! Thanks for doing all the hard work and research Jim. I can hardly put it down."
Jack Wilkins - Guitarist
"The book is great. Hope you sold a million!"
Nalini Cogswell - Guitarist
“This is a great read!! Really enjoying it! So thoughtful and well written."
Alain Cola - Guitarist/Dell’Arte Instruments
“If you are into jazz or guitar, or even better into jazz guitar, this book is a “must read" book. Highly recommended!!!"
Clay King - Guitarist/Producer
“I got the book from Jim LaDiana and couldn't put it down for 3 hours. Jim does right in telling and more poignantly relaying the story of the LA session musicians in their own words."
Scott Yanow - LA Jazz Scene
“Overflowing with fresh and colorful stories about Bob Bain's life as a jazz and studio guitarist and filled with lots of interesting information and anecdotes, Strings of Memories is well worth reading and easy to enjoy. It leaves one very impressed with the contributions of Bob Bain and the other guitarists who appeared on thousands of recording sessions through the years, often uncredited."
Dann Glenn - Guitarist/Composer
“Thanks so much to music journalist and author Jim LaDiana, for stopping by Rose Lane Studio last night, with a signed copy of his amazing book "Strings of Memories." What a great read about the history of guitar, in jazz, film, television and so much more."
Howard Alden - Guitarist
“This book is incredible."
John Williams- Composer
“Well known within the music industry, but an unsung hero to the public at large, Bob Bain has been one of the major contributors to the American popular music scene for several decades."
“During his long and outstanding career Bob has been the guitarist of choice for most of the conductors working in Hollywood, and his instrumental performances on television, in motion pictures and on recording figure in quality and number as high as that of any working American musician."
“I treasure my years of musical association with Bob and am delighted that this publication will bring to the attention of the larger public the life and work of this marvelous artist."
"First let me say thanks for sharing this amazing book with me. It has brought me back to listening to music I listened to a lot in college - music my mentors; Stanley Solow and Sid Margolis, and earliest guitar instructors played, and shared with me. It's like falling in love again!"
Bob Barry - Music Industry and Jazz Photographer - www.jazzography.com
"In his book Strings of Memories, author Jim LaDiana lifts the curtain on a world of musical artists that for so long have been out of view and unknown to the general public. They are the studio guitarists who spent much of their professional lives hidden away in the bowels of recording studios creating great music for radio, film, TV, and records. Not only has Jim archived the musical history and timelines but he has painted verbal portraits of these artists so that his audience gets to know these enigmatic musicians and how they affected the industry they supported."