"Singularly unique, inherently fascinating, exceptionally informative, profusely illustrated, "The Martin Archives: A Scrapbook of Treasures from the World's Foremost Acoustic Guitar Maker" is an extraordinary volume that should be a part of every college and university American Music History collection in general, and the supplemental studies reading list of guitar enthusiasts." --Midwest Book Review"I was stunned not only by the beauty and creativeness of the contents but speechless (which is rare) about the presentation ... really a fantastic coffee table 'scrapbook' devoted to the rare history of unquestionably the finest acoustic guitars ever made. This book is definitely 'major drool worthy' in my opinion. The photos, historic and otherwise rivet the reader and make one want to rush to the nearest Sam Ash and buy Eric Clapton's 1939 Martin for a mere $791,500 ... if it were available (which is not. My bank account will be happy about that).... The Martin Archives is a glimpse into that history and a book no acoustic guitar enthusiast will want to be without." --Sierra Madre Weekly
About the Author
Costa Mesa-based Jim Washburn has written about music and popular culture for the Los Angeles Times, the OC Register, the OC Weekly and other publications, as well as the MSN and fourstory.org websites. He co-authored the books Martin Guitars, an Illustrated Celebration and John Crean: The Wheel and I. He has curated four exhibits at the Fullerton Museum Center, including: The Orange Groove, Orange County s Rock Music History and Lay Down the Boogie: OC in the Disco Era. In 2012, he was a guest lecturer at the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts Chautauqua! engagement.