an illustrated talk

Mo Foster is now established as a highly respected studio session musician, record producer, composer, solo artist, author, and now raconteur. His book British Rock Guitar was published in 2011.
For the past couple of years — as part of the promotion for the book —he has been giving illustrated talks at arts centres and music colleges around the country.
Mo brings an insider’s knowledge to the history of the guitar and to the development of British music over the last 50 years
The illustrated talk is structured around his career, but with stories and images drawn from everyone featured in the book: it is an evening of amusing and revealing anecdotes.

Mo: On the day that I finished the book I needed to go out for fresh air. I happened to walk past Air Lyndhurst Studios in Hampstead just as my old friend — sax player Phil Todd — was walking in for a session. We hadn’t seen each other for years and had a quick catch-up:
Me: “I finished a book today — it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done — it took me two years”
Phil: “What, to read one?”

Topics in the talk illustrated by images from the book include:

  • Musicians’ Humour
  • History of Recording
  • Reverb
  • Skiffle
  • Early Equipment
  • Home-Made Instruments
  • Auditions
  • First Electric Guitar
  • First Bass Guitar
  • Reading Music
  • Clubs
  • In The Studio/Sessions
  • Hotels and Digs
  • On The Road
  • A momentary lack of professionalism
Mo is happy to take part in a Q&A session afterwards. To discuss a booking use the contact page.

Visit Gallery page for pictures of the Book Talk events