What in the world is a Chapman Stick? Michael Kollwitz, one of the first players of this innovative American stringed instrument, has answered this question thousands of times. Despite being one of the world’s newest and most unconventional instruments, it’s still not well-known.
This book will help you discover the fascinating history of the Chapman Stick. This unique instrument simultaneously combines elements of guitar, bass, keyboards, and drums.
Kollwitz shares his experiences learning the instrument as a protege of inventor Emmett Chapman and the challenges he faced in the earliest days of The Stick.
In this book, Michael shares his travels, the people he’s met, and the lessons he’s learned. His enthusiasm for innovative problem-solving shines through, inspiring readers and listeners to pursue their creative passions and never give up on their dreams.
I have been a fan of Michael Kollwitz’s music for over 10 years. After reading his life story I am an even bigger fan of Michael as a person. I was so impressed with how he shared the obstacles he faced and how he overcame them to become a top recording artist in his genre. A fun and inspiring read. I highly recommend it whether you are a fan of the Chapman Stick or haven’t even heard of it.
What a great read, not only for enthusiasts of the fascinating instrument called Chapman Stick, but also for anyone who craves an interesting and enjoyable book. “Stick With It” can truly be read and enjoyed by anyone, including non-musicians. Michael Kollwitz is considered by many (including me) to be an important pillar in the stylistic history and ongoing evolution of the Chapman Stick. In his book, Michael weaves his story with the same skill, joy and passion that he displays in his music. “Stick With It” is a book of peaks and valleys. A book of challenges, triumphs and humor. It’s a tale of his musical journey and his life along with a few “holy cow!” moments tossed in as well (I’m not giving anything away). I enthusiastically recommend this book because I love sharing wonderful and positive experiences that I’ve had with others. That’s what Michael has created for the world (again): Another great experience.
This is wonderful insightful read. Inspiring, informative and just plain fun and interesting. I have read over 70 plus books over the last two years, and this is in my top ten favorites. I got lost in a good way to the world of the Chapman stick. its direct, incisive and stays on point to Michael Kollwitz’s world and his travels and remarkable journey. So many times books get lost in many different directions, you lose focus, I encountered some reads that were that way, while they were good, you lose interest and get bored. Not so with Michael Kollwitz’s stick with it story. its fascinating and without question sublime 👌 you will be illuminated and happy after you read this history of Emmett Chapman’s stick. Whole-heartedly recommend.