Down the Rhodes: the fender rhodes story

The definitive documentary book and film of the Rhodes piano
with 40+ legendary artist interviews

Book and Film, Both In One Package

High Quality 274 Page Hardcover Book with Included 1 hour 50 minute Documentary Film on Blu-Ray Disc

The Electric Revolution

Down The Rhodes: The Fender Rhodes Story is a historical tribute to the electric piano that changed the sound of music. Invented by Harold Rhodes as a rehabilitation tool for soldiers in World War II, the Fender Rhodes piano both revolutionized and empowered musicians to explore a new, electric frontier of music. Through interviews with a remarkable cast of music notables, the book and film explore how this electric piano was integral to the creation of music from the 1960s through today. 

Legendary Artists

Chick Corea and other prominent musicians discuss popularizing the Rhodes Piano, and play some of their most notable work.

Landmark Albums

Quincy Jones and others discuss using the Rhodes electric piano in seminal recordings to achieve a specific sound.

Fender Rhodes Factory

Steve Woodyard and other Fender staff discuss the piano’s invention, how it was built, and its ongoing innovation over the decades.

The Insider’s Look 

The collection of interviews includes Michael Bearden, George Benson, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, D’Angelo, Eumir Deodato, George Duke, Larry Dunn, Donald Fagen, Ronnie Foster, Rodney Franklin, Robert Glasper, Jay Graydon, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Onaje Allan Gumbs, Ellis Hall, Herbie Hancock, 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, CBS Fender staff, and more.

Promotional Trailer: Down the Rhodes
The Fender Rhodes Story

Vintage Advertisements and other historic photos included in book →

Musicians of my generation grew up with the sound of a Rhodes piano and for many of us it holds a special place in our heart. This book offers something for both the veterans as it will bring back memories through the interviews of such legends as Chick Corea, Ramsey Lewis and many more as well as introducing the Rhodes legacy to the the newer generation of musicians.

The accompanying dvd has not only interviews with some the people aforementioned but they also delight us with a performance on the Rhodes of some of their greatest hits.  This book is about how this new invention called the Fender-Rhodes influenced the people interviewed in their music and how this musical instrument has shaped the music landscape of a whole generation and is still influential today.
Ultimately, I personally hope that after watching the dvd and reading the book and if you have a Rhodes at home, your fingers will be tickling and you will rediscover this great instrument.

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