After many long years of complete dedication, my partner Gerald McCauley and I have completed the book and feature documentary on the Fender Rhodes electric piano:
Our mission was to bring together some of music’s most respected recording artists, to discuss how this piano shaped the music they created, and how the Fender Rhodes was a major factor in the electronic instrument revolution. The documentary is brought to life by inside stories and live performances of many keyboard greats, and through them a true historical testament to the Fender Rhodes is captured. A special thanks to all the artists for their support and appearance on this film:
Michael Bearden George Benson Stanley Clarke Chick Corea
D’Angelo Eumir Deodato George Duke Larry Dunn
Donald Fagen Ronnie Foster Rodney Franklin Dave Grusin
Don Grusin Ellis Hall Herbie Hancock Onaje Allan Gumbs
Lalah Hathaway Rami Jaffee Bob James Quincy Jones
Ramsey Lewis Jeff Lorber Robin Lumley Ray Manzarek
Les McCann Marcus Miller Steve Molitz John Novello
David Paich Jerry Peters Greg Phillinganes James Poyser
Patrice Rushen Joe Sample Lenny White Maurice White
Vince Wilburn Jr. Allee Willis
The almost 300 page color book is published through Hal Leonard books, and is available in many retail outlets such as Barnes and Noble, as well as Amazon online. It has many never-before-seen photographs of these artists as well as Rhodes history. The book includes the exclusive Blu-Ray HD version of the documentary features film, while the standard DVD version is available on www.fenderrhodesstory.com
A great thanks to everyone from CBS Musical Instruments who gave their time and input for the film including John McLaren Jr., John McLaren Sr., and Steve Grom. I have to give a special thanks to Steve Woodyard, for being an invaluable resource, expert, and friend on everything Fender Rhodes. The same thanks to Mike Peterson as well for his help and input.
My appreciation goes out to James Garfield and Freddan Adlers for pioneering Fender Rhodes history, and creating a community to gather enthusiasts at FenderRhodes.com. Their work has been fundamental in keeping people connected and interested in Fender Rhodes pianos.
Thank you to Jim Wray and Mark Daniel for their contributions to the film. Thank you to John Novello for providing his audio narration archives. Thank you to Carol Rhodes-Rice and Patricia Rhodes.
We could not have imagined the overwhelming support from the music community on this project. I can only hope this film can also educate and influence lives where we can share in this story together. Please visit www.FenderRhodesStory.com
to request a DVD copy or a digital MP4 download, and follow us on twitter / facebook for upcoming webisodes and other bonus material. We appreciate the donation.
I hope that my contributions over the years on this forum and dedication to Fender Rhodes have played a small roll in keeping some of these pianos alive and well. I also hope that this community remains connected so we can all continue the legacy of Harold Rhodes and his electric piano. Thank you to everyone!
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