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Guitar Player is a monthly magazine for guitarists, founded in California in 1967.

Jeff Beck

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, December 1973

AMONG GUITARISTS, Jeff Beck has few peers. Bubbly, elusive, humoresque guitar work has been his trademark since his first performances with The Yardbirds over half-a-dozen ...

Jesse Ed Davis: An Interview with Jesse Ed Davis

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, March 1974

JESSE ED DAVIS plays guitar like a man with a mission. You probably wouldn't find him listed in any guitar polls, but you'd sure as ...

King Crimson, Robert Fripp: King Crimson’s Robert Fripp

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, May 1974

ROBERT FRIPP, lead guitarist with English rock King Crimson, conspicuous personality by appearing inconspicuous. Rather than stand when performing, he perches himself on a stool, ...

Wishbone Ash

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, June 1974

ANDY POWELL, TED TURNER, and Martin Turner form the front instrumental line of England’s Wishbone Ash, a quartet (rounded out with Steve Upton on drums) ...

Rory Gallagher talks technique

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, July 1974

RORY GALLAGHER was mentor and founding member of Taste, a pre-Cream trio which pioneered the way for the so-called "heavy" bands. With his Irish trio ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer, King Crimson: Greg Lake

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, September 1974

GREG LAKE IS the surrounded L in ELP, the British trio which has brought to the forefront the power of classical music in a rock ...

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi: Overcoming the Impossible

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, October 1974

BLACK SABBATH lead guitarist Tony Iommi stands well over six-feet tall and plays like he has six fingers. Not bad, since several years ago Tony ...

John McLaughlin, Mahavishnu Orchestra: Mahavishnu John McLaughlin

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, February 1975

MAHAVISHNU JOHN MCLAUGHLIN has taken the guitar further in the last two years of his career than most players hope to in a lifetime. His ...

Focus, Jan Akkerman: Jan Akkerman: Dutch Treat

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, May 1975

JAN AKKERMAN, lead guitarist of Focus, represents the new breed of European guitarists so long invisible under the veil of the English players. Where the ...

The James Gang, Joe Walsh: Joe Walsh: Rock Master

Profile and Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, June 1975

JOE WALSH plays with the grace of George Harrison and the vehemence of Pete Townshend, a combination which earmarked his playing as lead guitarist of ...

Bachman Turner Overdrive: Overdrive Man: Randy Bachman

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, July 1975

HAD RANDY BACHMAN (pronounced back-man) never even picked up a guitar, his talents as a songwriter and producer would have been enough to implant his ...

Canned Heat: Bass Guitarist Larry Taylor

Profile and Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, October 1975

LARRY TAYLOR is not one of your loud bass players; rather, he opts for minimum volume so he can punctuate and accent his playing with ...

Dave Mason: One of a Kind

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, October 1975

THOUGH DAVE MASON admits he’s a songwriter first and a guitarist second, his work on the electric instrument has tagged him as a standout player ...

The Faces, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood: Ron Wood

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, December 1975

DURING THE musically bountiful years of the late Sixties, the Jeff Beck Group emerged; it was an outfit of undisciplined nature and unabashed energy. ...

Blue Oyster Cult: Blue Oyster's Buck Dharma

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, January 1976

DONALD "BUCK Dharma" Roeser is the lead guitar player in the New York based band, Blue Oyster Cult, a driving and loud outfit which has ...

The Marshall Tucker Band: Toy Caldwell Of The Marshall Tucker Band: Fastest Thumb Since Wes Montgomery

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, May 1976

THE MOST distinctive advance in American rock guitar of the last decade has been the so-called "southern" approach. Large groups of extremely talented pickers have ...

Back Street Crawler, Free, Paul Kossoff: Paul Kossoff: An Interview with Rock’s Street Crawler

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, July 1976

THE LATE PAUL KOSSOFF, born in London, September 14, 1950, became the unsung guitar great of Free at the age of eighteen. That short-lived, but ...

Genesis: From England's Genesis, here's Steve Hackett

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, October 1976

STEVE Hackett usually inhabits the deepest, darkest corner of Genesis' performing stage. Perched on a footstool, the English lead guitarist opts more for guitar technique ...

Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding: Noel Redding: More Than Just Jimi Hendrix's Bass Player

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, October 1976

IT IS INEVITABLE when dealing with such a visible force as Jimi Hendrix that persons who were close to him – and even played music ...

Montrose: Ronnie Montrose

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, October 1976

RONNIE Montrose, guitarist at various times for a melange of bands – Edgar Winter (where he was replaced by Rick Derringer), Van Morrison, and Boz ...

Lowell Fulson: 40 Years Of Playing The Blues

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, November 1976

THOUGH his name may not be as familiar as B.B. King’s, Ray Charles’, or T-Bone Walker’s, Lowell Fulson (with an n, not an m) has ...

Mick Ronson: The Intense Guitar of Mick Ronson

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, December 1976

THE THREE-WORD title of Mick Ronson's second solo album also happens to accurately describe his approach to the guitar: Play, Don't Worry. ...

Frank Zappa

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, January 1977

FRANK ZAPPA – guitarist, composer, producer, avid roller derby fan, and leader of the Mothers Of Invention – is, at 36, probably the elder statesman ...

Jimi Hendrix: Jim Marshall: The Man, The Amps; Together They Revolutionized Rock and Roll

Profile and Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, February 1977

EASILY THE MOST revolutionary electric guitarist of the past decade was the late Jimi Hendrix. In many ways Jimi was the first electric guitarist in ...

Larry Carlton

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, February 1977

LARRY CARLTON, guitarist with the famed progressive jazz-funk Crusaders, is at 28, one of the most in-demand session guitarists in Los Angeles. ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, July 1977

CONDUCTING AN INTERVIEW with Jimmy Page, lead guitarist and producer/arranger for England's notorious hard rock band Led Zeppelin, amounts very nearly to constructing a mini-history ...

Funkadelic: Scifi Funkiness: Triple Threat Guitar From Funkadelic

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, December 1977

ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO, a group of singers organized themselves from a rather large barbershop group into a pop/soul conglomeration called Parliament. They moved from ...

Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore: Ritchie Blackmore: Wailing over the Purple Rainbow

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, 1978

WHILE RITCHIE Blackmore’s Baroque-tinged shred solos make him the in-vitro father of today’s progressive- and classical-metal movement (just ask Yngwie), his foot-stomping power chords in ...

Aerosmith: The Joe Perry Interview

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, 1979

UNLEASHING HIGH-ENERGY rock and roll led by Steven Tyler’s vocals and the often dueling guitars of Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, the members of Aerosmith ...

Aerosmith's Brad Whitford: Doubling On Lead And Rhythm

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, March 1979

BRAD WHITFORD might be considered the "refined" half of Aerosmith's guitar team — he's a deliberate player, whose steady rhythm lines complement lead guitarist Joe ...

Pink Floyd: David Gilmour: Beginning A Second Decade As Lead Guitarist For Pink Floyd

Profile and Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, May 1979

DAVID GILMOUR has been playing guitar with Pink Floyd for 11 years now – about one-third of his life. And for more than a decade, ...

Brothers Johnson: The Brothers Johnson

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar Player, November 1979

'PLATINUM' IS THE perfect word to precede 'record' when you’re a musician today. And with a three-for-three tally, the Brothers Johnson are decorating their walls ...

Richard Lloyd: The 6 String Alchemy of Richard Lloyd

Interview by Mark Dery, Guitar Player, January 1988

RICHARD LLOYD would like to wring his guitar's neck. And he tries, throttling it bluefaced on the Television records Marquee Moon and Adventure, and damned ...

Captain Beefheart, Gods and Monsters: Gary Lucas' Gods and Monsters

Profile and Interview by Mark Dery, Guitar Player, September 1990

"THE MUSICAL landscape is completely moribund," says Gary Lucas. "It's one of the worst periods in memory, worse than the mid '70s. My music is ...

Pearl Jam: Mike McCready Gets His Feet Wet

Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, February 1992

"IT RAINS all the time, so you're always inside." Mike McCready laughs; the lead guitarist for Pearl Jam is trying to explain why Seattle is ...

Smashing Pumpkins: Exploring The Outer Frequencies

Profile and Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, March 1992

"MY PENCHANT for feedback came naturally," smirks Billy Corgan of Chicago's Smashing Pumpkins. "One day I connected a Supro amp to a Les Paul, turned ...

Lindsey Buckingham

Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, October 1992

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM is finally a free man. "It feels great," he enthuses, savoring the fact that the release of his third solo album, Out Of ...

Phish and H.O.R.D.E.: In the Beginning

Report and Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, August 1993

Blues Traveler, Phish, Widespread Panic & Col. Bruce Hampton haven't merely risen from the Dead ...

Paco de Lucia's Flamenco Odyssey: Expression, Serenity & Feeling

Interview by Hank Bordowitz, Guitar Player, April 1994

"PACO DE LUCIA, in opinion, is the greatest flamenco player alive," says John McLaughlin of his friend. "Working with him really was a great experience." ...

Robin Trower: Digging Deep Into The Pocket

Interview by Mike Mettler, Guitar Player, September 1994

"IT'S BEEN difficult for me to drop into the background, since my whole life has been about being in the foreground," observes Robin Trower about ...

Bo Diddley: Man Among Men, Guitarist Among Guitarists

Interview by Hank Bordowitz, Guitar Player, October 1996

YOU KNOW BO Diddley invented that beat, one of the driving forces of rock and roll. You know he had a bunch of seminal ...

Portishead: Trip Hop Redux

Interview by Paul Trynka, Guitar Player, January 1998

PORTISHEAD, THE British band who spawned the trip hop genre, appear to represent the cutting edge of electronic pop, but it's the guitar of Adrian ...

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