Wings musician Laurence Juber talks Paul McCartney
By Yahoo! News
Published May 19, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Guitarist Laurence Juber (JOO-buhr) has created a photo book about his career, highlighting the years he spent with Paul McCartney’s band, Wings.
“Guitar With Wings: A Photographic Memoir” will be out Tuesday from Dalton Watson Fine Books, the publisher said.
The book was written by the Grammy Award-winning Juber and music historian Marshall Terrill and recounts the guitarist’s five-decade career.
The 400-plus page work includes more than 200 previously unpublished images of McCartney and Wings, a spokesman for Juber said Monday.
In a statement, Juber said he wrote about on- and offstage moments of his time with McCartney, including recording sessions and the former Beatles’ marijuana arrest in Tokyo.
GUITAR WITH WINGS
Guitar With Wings is the musical odyssey of Grammy Award-winning artist Laurence Juber. From his roots as a noted London session player, his three-year stint with Paul McCartney's Wings as lead guitarist, to his solo career as an innovative fingerstyle guitar composer and performer, this photographic memoir is a snapshot of a One Man Band on the Run.
“A superb pictorial account of LJ’s musical journey from first meeting Paul McCartney in a Wembley men’s room to becoming a member of this fan’s favorite line-up of Wings. Master Juber’s well-written words and never-before-seen photos nearly match his unbelievable talents as one of the world’s most respected and gifted guitar players. A wonderful read.”
Chris Carter – Host “Breakfast with The Beatles” KLOS-FM Los Angeles
About the book
In 1978, Laurence Juber was plucked from the London studio world by Paul McCartney, who asked him to play lead guitar in what was to become the final incarnation of Paul’s post-Beatles group Wings.
He recorded and toured with the band for three years, during which time they won a Grammy® and scored numerous chart hits. The band has enjoyed a popularity that goes beyond simply that of Paul McCartney’s 70's era backing group. This book brings that final chapter to life with a unique collection of unseen photographs, stories and memorabilia that show Wings at work and play.
When Wings folded in 1981, the guitarist relocated to the USA and settled in Los Angeles to raise a family. Since then he has become one of Hollywood’s most in-demand studio players and has gained world-wide recognition as a virtuoso concert performer, recording artist and composer.
About Laurence Juber
Inspired by the wave of Beatlemania that swept the UK in 1963, Laurence Juber developed a passion for the guitar and the ambition to make playing it his career. Laurence studied at London’s Goldsmith’s College and performed with The National Youth Jazz Orchestra. Becoming one of London’s top studio guitarists, his playing was featured on the soundtrack of The Spy Who Loved Me, as well as recordings by The Alan Parsons Project, Cerrone, Sarah Brightman, Rosemary Clooney, Charles Aznavour, Lucio Battiste and Colin Blunstone, among many others.
First internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's band Wings, Laurence Juber has since established himself as world-renowned guitar virtuoso, composer and arranger. Juber, known to his fans as LJ, has released 22 solo albums. The latest, Under an Indigo Sky (Solid Air Records) is a jazz/blues tinged studio album that was mixed at Hollywood’s legendary Capitol Studios by top jazz recording engineer Al Schmitt and first released only on vinyl.His concurrent release from the same label Catch LJ Live!, is a two-disc combo that captures one exciting solo concert performance in 5.1 video and on CD.
LJ Plays The Beatles, was voted one of Acoustic Guitar Magazine's all-time Top Ten albums. Juber's solo arrangement of "The Pink Panther Theme" earned him a second Grammy.His arrangement of "Stand By Me" was heard nationally in a Diamonds Are Forever commercial.His DVD-Audio project Guitar Noir (AIX Records) won a CES Demmy award for best high sound.
As a studio musician, he can be heard on recordings from artists as diverse as Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks, Seal and Barry Manilow, plus he is featured on the soundtracks to hundreds of TV shows such as Home Improvement and movies including the academy award-winning Dirty Dancing, Good Will Hunting and Pocahontas.
Juber also co-composed the soundtrack of the award-winning video game
Diablo III and crafted the score to the NBC Dateline documentary Children Of The Harvest. His music is also featured in the Ken Burns’ documentary The Tenth Inning.
With his wife Hope Juber, he has composed the scores to the musical comedies Gilligan's Island: The Musical, A Very Brady Musical and It's The Housewives!
The book will be available in a special signed and numbered edition of 1,000 in a slip case, with a special CD of LJ's 1979 Standard Time album, featuring the unreleased Back to the Egg track "Maisie".
Limited Edition CD that accompanies the special edition of Guitar With Wings. Includes “Maisie” recorded during sessions for Wings’album Back To The Egg
1. You’re No Good (Ballard) 2. Dinah (Akst/Lewis/Young) 3. Don’t Let Go (Juber/Niles) 4. Maisie (Juber) 5. There Will Never Be Another You (Warren/Gordon) 6. Stormy Weather (Arlen /Koehler) 7. Autumn Leaves (Kosma/Mercer/Prevert) 8. Four Brothers (Guiffre) 9. After You’ve Gone (Creamer/Layton) 10. The Christmas Song (Torme/Wells)
Produced by Laurence Juber & Richard Niles Recorded Summer 1979 London, England