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Canadian Guitar Photographer LISA S. JOHNSON Available For Interviews For Best-Selling Book ‘Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock’

August 23 – September 10 – Available for Zoom, Skype and Phoners To All Media

August 23 – September 1: Kelowna, BC

September 1 – September 4, Vancouver, BC

September 4 – September 7, Fort St. John, BC

Noted guitar photographer Lisa S. Johnson is on a month-long media tour of her second home, Canada, that will take her into September to promote her best-selling photo book, Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock (Princeton Architectural Press / Chronicle Books). The California native, who grew up in Alberta and BC, will be in Edmonton (Aug. 10-21), Calgary (Aug. 21-23), Penticton/Kelowna (Aug. 23-Sept. 1), Vancouver (Sept. 1-4) and Fort St John (Sept. 4-7).

Immortal Guitar Axes, is a skull embossed leatherette-bound and astonishing piece of art illuminating the sacred gear owned and played by Iron Maiden’s Steve Harris, Dave Murray and Adrian Smith; John Lennon, Joan Jett, Billy Sheehan, Dave Grohl, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Geezer Butler, Joe Perry, BB King, Albert Lee, Steve Howe, Vernon Reid, Buck Dharma, Randy Rhoads, Mike Bloomfield, Al Kooper, Billy Duffy, George Thorogood, Steve Hackett, Kirk Hammett, Dave Davies, Buddy Guy, and Pete Townshend.

Each intimate photograph is accompanied by a touch of musical history, an anecdote or personal storytelling moment. The foreword is by Peter Frampton and afterword by Suzi Quatro.

Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock is her follow up to 2013’s 108 Rock Star Guitars, an embossed red leatherette-bound 396-page collection of images of some of the world’s most iconic and cherished instruments, with the foreword by Les Paul who passed away before its publication.

Johnson was born in a small town in Northern California and lived in Hollywood where her father worked as a television cameraman. By the time she turned seven, the family uprooted to Slave Lake, Alberta, a tiny enclave on Indian lands belonging to the Sawridge First Nation, where her dad had family. After her parents’ divorce, her mother moved her and her sister to Penticton, British Columbia.

In her 20s, after travelling for a year, she moved to Florida, where she had an epiphany: she noticed the numerous billboards that lined the roads almost always featured photography. She decided it could be a career.

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“The hands down winner of our Guitar Book of the Year 2021 goes to Lisa S. Johnson’s beautiful book, Immortal Axes – Guitars That Rock, a tome that took significant research, miles on the road to meet with guitarists, guitar techs and other guitar gurus, and a magnificent photographic “eye” to capture the spirit and the beauty of our favorite instrument.”
– Guitar International

“The guitars featured in photographer Lisa S. Johnson’s new book Immortal Axes aren’t immortal just because they belonged to timeless stars, from Elvis to Chet Atkins to Eric Clapton. Many of the instruments themselves defied the odds, surviving fire, flood, theft, even a plane crash.”
– The Wall Street Journal