>Non Fiction: “Here and Now”

This book is an autobiography of a jazz guitarist Pat Martino. Pat Martino is an amazing musician but in addition he went through an amazing human experience. In 1980 he suffered from a life threatening brain aneurysm that almost killed him. The operation that saved him induced total amnesia – he didn’t know who he was, he did not recognize his parents.

Amazingly, with help of his parents, Pat Martino was able to recover and go back to playing the guitar. He’s playing is as good as it ever was. For example see this video.

This autobiography covers this incident in some detail, but it also includes a about Pat’s life and career before and after the operation.  I liked the book  a lot  because I’m a big Pat Martino fan. For others it maybe little tedious.

However the story of Pat Martino’s amnesia and recovery if wonderfully presented in the movie “Martino Unstrung”.


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