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INSPIRE THE MUSIC: 50 Years Of Roland History

Bjooks announces new book celebrating Roland’s 50th anniversary

Inspire the Music: 50 Years of Roland History front cover

Bjooks, a pre-eminent publisher of musical instrument book titles including PUSH TURN MOVE, PATCH & TWEAK, PEDAL CRUSH and SYNTH GEMS I, has announced its forthcoming title INSPIRE THE MUSIC: 50 Years Of Roland History, a 400-page hardcover book celebrating the culture, people and technology of Roland.

Created by Kim Bjørn, INSPIRE THE MUSIC offers deep insights into the worldwide Roland culture, detailing how iconic products and instruments were developed and telling the story of how they helped to inspire entire musical genres, from 1980s New Wave through to today’s EDM and hip-hop scenes. The book contains more than 70 interviews with world-renowned artists and Roland designers, with illustrated stories about product lines and popular machines that will please both gear fanatics and curious newcomers alike.

“We’re extremely excited to launch INSPIRE THE MUSIC this summer, with the blessing and enthusiastic cooperation of Roland itself,” said Kim Bjørn, founder and CEO of Bjooks. “We’ve been privileged to gain access to the company’s vast archive of interviews and technical information, interview the quiet geniuses that design the musical future, and connect with the worldwide Roland community. Dozens of enthusiastic creators have helped put together this monument of music tech history, documenting decades of tech innovation and artistry, told by the people who used the instruments and the engineers who made them come alive.”

“Roland is thrilled to collaborate with acclaimed music tech publisher Bjooks to create a special book that honors the culture, people, and technology of Roland as we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year. It is exciting to see such a diverse group of artists share their experiences with our products,” said Gordon Raison, CEO and representative director of Roland Corporation. 

INSPIRE THE MUSIC will be available through authorised resellers, and at this summer, priced at $72.

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