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Deidre Cartwright

Born and brought up in London Deirdre Cartwright bought her first electric guitar when she was fourteen; however she had to keep her ambition to play in a band a secret from the nuns at her convent school. Mainly self-taught, she discovered the sounds of blues and jazz, and from the age of 17, began to play with a variety of bands from rock to big band jazz. She signed to EMI records with manager Harvey Goldsmith with her group Tour de Force; however she started sitting in with the jazz/latin group the Guest Stars… As of 20017, she has had seven books published, including The Interactive Guitar Bible (2007) and has a book aimed at teenage girl guitarists coming out next year in the States for Music Sales. Deirdre is the recipient of two Arts Council composition awards though still acknowledges the lasting effect of an early exposure to Glam Rock.

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