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About Jas Obrecht 

Jas Obrecht is an award-winning music journalist and author of many books about blues and guitar music. During his twenty years as an editor for Guitar Player magazine, 1978-1998, he wrote dozens of cover stories on artists as varied as Duane Allman, Charlie Christian, Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson, Muddy Waters, B.B. King and John Lee Hooker, Neil Young, Keith Richards, Queen, U2, and ZZ Top. He’s also written for Rolling Stone, Mojo, and many other music magazines. Jas is currently a monthly columnist for Living Blues. His liner notes include Robert Johnson’s King of Delta Blues, Blind Willie Johnson’s Dark Was the Night, John Lee Hooker’s 50 Years: John Lee Hooker Anthology and the 5-CD book King of the Boogie, and the soon-to-be-released Rory Gallagher–Blues three-CD box set and a Bear Family Records set entitled The Roughest Blues Guitar. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and can be reached at jasobr@earthlink.net .

Books by Jas Obrecht: 

Stone Free: Jimi Hendrix in London (244 pages, University of North Carolina Press, 2018)

Talking Guitar: Conversations with Musicians Who Shaped Twentieth-Century American Music (307 pages with a bound-in audio CD, University of North Carolina Press, 2017)

Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar (260 pages, University of Minnesota Press, 2015) Winner of “Blues Book of the Year,” 2016 Living Blues Critics Poll. Japanese-language edition, same title, published by Rittor Music, Tokyo, 2015.

Rollin’ & Tumblin’: The Postwar Blues Guitarists (456 pages, Miller Freeman, 2000)

My Son Jimi (185 pages., co-written with James “Al” Hendrix, AlJas Enterprises, 1999)

Blues Guitar (545 pages., published in Japanese, Rittor Music, 1993)

Blues Guitar: The Men Who Made the Music (280 pages., Miller Freeman Books, 1990 and Revised Edition, 1993)


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Jas Obrecht, photo by Saroyan Humphrey, 03-2013.



5 comments on “About

  1. Antoine Payen on said:

    Nothing to say but : FANTASTIC ! Thanks to you for writing about my country blues guitar heroes, Blind Blake, Bo Carter, Sam Chatmon… Now I handbuild guitars with their sound in my mind, a lifetime quest !
    Again : thank you Jas.

  2. jcoolj59 on said:

    Great article on Gretchen Menn, a budding composer…Thanks Jas

  3. Susan Andaya on said:

    Fabulous stuff on this site as well as Pure Guitar! I’m waiting for PG #3 and am getting concerned that it’s not going to happen. Please, Please, Please! Thanks, Susan

  4. Evan Stout on said:

    What an amazing man you are!! So cool to see all of the Son House photographs. I am only 22 years old myself, but enjoy albums from the past thanks to my awesome parents. I live in Detroit and was turned on to Son house only to find he is buried here. I plan on making a pilgrimage to his burial site in the future!

  5. Yael Ganet on said:

    I’m sharing your website on my facebook page. My family has a well of creativity and music appreciation/making, I recently read about your creative writing class at WCC – wistfully thinking how great it would be to have been one of your students – and then, I realized that one of my granddaughters would undoubtedly be interested. Thank you for the work you do and the inspirations you assuredly trigger.

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