Rich contributes to Mahavishnu Orchestra book

Rich spoke with author Walter Kolosky  last year for his book about the legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Power, Passion and Beauty, the story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra, subtitled the greatest band that ever was, has just been published, and features quotes from Rich along with interviews with John McLaughlin, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman, Rick Laird and Billy Cobham and many others.


Starting in 1971 and lasting in one form or another for five years, the Mahavishnu Orchestra exploded onto the popular music scene while simultaneously trashing all existing conventions, forging a new direction that is still controversial to this day. The loudest and fastest band in the entire world, the MO literally could “scare” people – yet also could create music of great beauty. Today, it's genre-busting music serves as a foundation for many musical movements.

All five members of the original band, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham, Jan Hammer, Jerry Goodman and Rick Laird, cooperated with the author. In addition, almost 150 people, including some of the world’s greatest musicians and artists, provide comments exclusive to this book. Among those commenting for these pages are Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck, Sir George Martin, Jean-Luc Ponty, Peter Max, Joe Zawinul, Bill Frisell, Dennis Chambers, Bill Bruford, Peter Erskine, Jimmy Herring, Jonas Hellborg, Mark Egan, John Scofield, Steve Lukather, Lyle Mays, Steve Morse, Joey DeFrancesco, Narada Michael Walden and many, many more.

Experience this remarkable story through those that lived it and are still living it. You will be captured by the Power, Passion and Beauty of it all.

You can order Power, Passion and Beauty, the story of the Legendary Mahavishnu Orchestra, Abstractlogix Music & Books.

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Read more about Walter Kolosky on his website at

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