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Sandy Nelson: Life-lines of Sandy Nelson

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, January 1962

Real name: Sander L. Nelson. ...

Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer: Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins: The Quiet Men from Nashville, Tennessee

Profile and Interview by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, September 1962

THE TWO most dominant figures in the Nashville, Tennessee, music scene – a scene noted for loud noises – are QUIET men. Chet Atkins, we ...

The Lovin' Spoonful, The Rolling Stones: The New Thing and the Blue Thing: An Interview with Keith Richards and John Sebastian

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, April 1966

BY NOW, EVERYONE must be aware that records just don't sound like they did 10 years ago — 3 years ago in fact. ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Stax Story (part 4): Al Jackson

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, December 1967

BORN NOVEMBER 27, 1935, in Memphis, Tennessee, Al studied drums in high school, and played with his father's band until he formed his own nine-piece ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Stax Story (part 5): Duck Dunn

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, January 1968

DONALD V. DUNN was born on November 24, 1941, in Memphis, Tennessee and he learned to play the bass in high school. He now resides ...

Cream: Jack & Ginger Make The Cream Work

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, October 1968

Ginger: I was born August 19, 1939. I was schooled in Southeast London. I got involved with music as soon as I left school. I've been ...

Cream: Making The Cream Work, part 2

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, November 1968

IN A BRITISH interview recently, Clapton denied the Cream breakup but added that the group can't last forever and each member had personal ambitions. Eric ...

Booker T & The MGs, Cream, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Paul McCartney: Hey, Mr. Bassman

Overview by Lenny Kaye, Fusion, September 1969

THE ELECTRIC revolution that helped to spawn rock and roll also helped to popularize a whole new set of instruments to take along on its ...

Hank Marvin

Interview by uncredited writer, Beat Instrumental, July 1970

ON THE POPULARITY polls, instrumentalists come and go. Jet Harris, one-time bass player with the Shadows, used to win – especially when he broke away ...

Atomic Rooster: More Respect For The Rock Organ

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

VINCENT CRANE, ambitious leader of Atomic Rooster, firmly believes that the full potential of the organ has yet to be exploited within a rock concept. ...

Hawkwind: When It Comes To Mind-Blowing, Hawkwind Are Really Into It

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, October 1970

HAWKWIND MAY not be the world's most affluent group, or the world's most successful group, but they are certainly one of the most mind-blowing. ...

The Byrds, The Kentucky Colonels: The Byrds: Byrd Watching (part 2)

Interview by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, May 1971

THE COUNTRY consonants of Clarence White's guitar have fooled a lot of people — me included — into thinking that the man must have come ...

Bobby Keys, The Rolling Stones: The Rolling Stones: Bobby Keys

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, May 1971

"IT'S BOBBY Keys, the greatest saxophone player in the world," said Mick Jagger. And Bobby smiled modestly towards me. ...

Stevie Wonder: Stevie's Moog Music...

Profile and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, January 1972

"I NEVER did realise it would take me so long to lose that 'Little' Stevie Wonder tag. There are times when I wish I'd only ...

Walter/Wendy Carlos: The Walter Carlos Sonic Boom

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1972

"There's music in the sighing of a reed; There's music in the gushing of a rill; There's music in all things, if man had ears; The Earth is ...

Jeff Beck: Beck Looks Back (part 1)

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, October 1972

Page and Zeppelin, Stewart, the old band and the new... ...

Harvey Mandel: Fluctuating Intensity

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Zoo World, November 1972

HARVEY MANDEL is a conversationalist of flucuatingly intensities. Sometimes he's right with you, sometimes he's way ahead, and other times he spaces out and you ...

Ellen McIlwaine

Profile and Interview by Rob Bowman, Beetle, November 1972

ELLEN McILWAINE immediately hits you in two ways; she is completely original and totally alluring. She is far and away one of the best female ...

Ben Gansell, Freelance Piano Tuner

Report and Interview by Jim Esposito, Rock, May 1973

BEN GANSELL is a stocky, heavy-set man of medium height with a full head of bristly hair which he keeps conscientiously trimmed just a shade ...

Roy Buchanan: The Guitarist's Guitarists' Guitarist

Interview by Tony Stewart, New Musical Express, May 1973

THE WORD is out and the message is self-explanatory. Buchanan, they say; Roy Buchanan, they mean. And if you've missed this paean that's currently ringing ...

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 ...

Carl Palmer, Emerson Lake And Palmer: ELP's Carl Palmer Exposes The Secret Drum Synthesizer Behind Brain Salad Surgery

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, June 1974

After years of drumming in a variety of hard rocking bands, Carl Palmer decided there had to be more to playing than simply marking time. ...

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) ...

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 ...

Jeff Beck: Music And Cars And Sex…

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, November 1974

A DIGESTIVE BISCUIT is poised, somewhat uneasily, a few inches away from Jeff Beck's celebrated nasty leer. ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page: Guitars I Have Known

Interview by Nick Kent, Creem, February 1975

(As a guitarist, Jimmy Page has all the bases covered. Clapton has that soaring fluid thing down pat, Beck is the absolute Crowned Prince of ...

Bernard Purdie: Purdie's School of Drumming

Interview by Pete Makowski, Sounds, April 1975

Pete Makowski talks to top American session drummer Bernard Purdie ...

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 ...

Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan: Skunk Hunting In W1

Interview by Chris Salewicz, New Musical Express, July 1975

THERE'S A delicately detailed brass rubbing of Burlington House above the bed-head in room 420 at the Inn On The Park. Some rock musicians would've ...

The Brecker Brothers: Everythin's All White

Profile by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, August 1975

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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 ...

Get Arp And Get Down!

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

Arps, Moogs, Rhythm Boxes... the sounds of black music have never been more complex. DAVITT SIGERSON explains all. ...

Stevie Wonder: Technology and R&B: Get Arp And Get Down

Overview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, November 1975

Arps, Moogs, Rhythm Boxes... the sounds of black music have never been more complex ...

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 ...

Alan White, Yes: Alan White: Can A White Man Sing.....?

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1976

"NOW TELL ME honestly, what did you really expect when you came to meet me?" The disarming question is posed as yet another Yes album ...

Bill Bruford, Genesis: Bill Bruford: Have Drum Will Travel

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, April 1976

IT WAS IN the unlikely setting of the Una Billings School of Dancing's basement that the partnership which will be titillating the timpani of drum ...

Rick Wakeman: Wakeman On The Attack With His Birotron

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, July 1976

RICK WAKEMAN is one of a very exclusive breed – the International Heroes of the Electric Keyboard. For Rick's meteoric career has been bound up ...

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 ...

James Booker: A Winner Never Quits, A Quitter Never Wins

Profile and Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, November 1976

'THE BLACK LIBERATCHI' That's what it says on the card and you can tell that it's going to be one of those interviews when you ...

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. ...

Harvey Mason: Have Funk Will Travel

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, April 1978

ONE OF the most interesting developments in recent years on the contemporary music scene has been the recognition and attention paid to those folk who ...

Bonnie Raitt: Freebo's Travels With Bonnie

Interview by John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, April 1978

LOS ANGELES – AT AN age when most rock musicians are superstars in decline, prosperous session players, or in their fifth or so year of ...

Jaco Pastorius: Portrait of Jaco

Interview by Steven Rosen, Player, June 1978

JACO PASTORIUS, at 26, has developed bass playing capabilities putting him at the top of the technical ladder. He combines an R&B feel with strict ...

The Rolling Stones: Back Door Men

Interview by John Pidgeon, Melody Maker, September 1978

Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman aren't exactly garrulous types. But behind the... er... stony facade lies a commitment which has kept them pumping up the ...

Larry Carlton: Larry Carlton

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, September 1978

LARRY CARLTON, super side-man should need no introduction. The weeping, fluid style that Carlton rings from his 335 has become a definitive sound on albums ...

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 ...

Aynsley Dunbar, Jefferson Starship, Journey: Aynsley Dunbar: Let There Be Drums!

Interview by Howie Klein, BAM, February 1979

SAN FRANCISCO – Within the world of rock and roll there are certain performers whose distinctive virtuosity transcend their individual works recorded with a particular ...

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, ...

Waddy Wachtel: Confessions of a 'Mafia' Guitarist

Interview by David Gans, BAM, March 1980

WADDY WACHTEL, ace guitarist and member of Peter Asher's "L.A. Mafia", has just finished the most important recording sessions of his career – his own. ...

Max Roach: Evolutionary Forces

Interview by Karl Dallas, Melody Maker, August 1980

A prime mover in the Bebop era, Max Roach knows all about revolution. He tells KARL DALLAS that revolution without foundation is doomed, and warns ...

Ry Cooder: Vinyl Choice: Ry Cooder

Interview by Mick Brown, Sunday Times Magazine, November 1980

RY COODER was once described as a "curator of American music". A fair assessment, but it hardly captures the joy and affection of his modern ...

Ry Cooder's Search For The Lost Chord

Interview by Noe Gold, Guitar Works, March 1981

Cooder gesticulates in much the same way as he articulates musically – with an emphasis that lets you know he's earned the insight. ...

Moog On The State Of The Synthesizer

Report and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, June 1981

IT’S NOT UNUSUAL for a musician to become controversial, but it is rare for a musical instrument to be debated. Robert Moog may have envisioned ...

Purely Percussive: The Irresistible Rise Of Rock Drumming

Overview by Chris Welch, History of Rock, The, 1982

A GLITTERING ARRAY of drums surrounded by a forest of shining stands and cymbals has been the center-piece of the rock show since the early ...

Frank Zappa: The Frank Zappa Interview

Interview by John Swenson, Guitar World, March 1982

FRANK ZAPPA was at the Palladium in New York for his perennial Pumpkin Day concert celebration with his most loyal fans. ...

Eric Clapton: Farther Up The Road

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, May 1982

FEW MUSICIANS have been more misunderstood, more overburdened with great expectations and more erroneously worshipped than Eric Clapton. ...

Ry Cooder

Interview by John Hutchinson, In Dublin, June 1982

WITHIN HOURS of arriving from Glasgow, Ry Cooder walked into a room in Jury's Hotel wearing a black track suit, with a towel bundled under ...

Queen: Brian May

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Guitar Greats (BBC Books), 1983

AT THE START of the 1980s, the rock band which was generally accepted, if not as the most popular group in the world, then as ...

Santana: Carlos Santana

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

CARLOS SANTANA has continuously led the band that bears his name for nearly fifteen years, and maintained a substantial worldwide popularity, something which requires an ...

Elvis Presley, Emmylou Harris, James Burton, Rick Nelson: James Burton

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

ONE OF THE GREAT rock'n'roll guitarists of the 1950s, but a man who remained virtually unknown to all but the cognoscenti until comparatively recently, is ...

Joe Walsh

Interview by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Guitar Greats (BBC Books), 1983

In 1969, The Who toured Britain, dragging around a support act who were, to say the least, an unknown quantity to all but a very ...

Steve Miller

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, 'The Guitar Greats', 1983

WHEN WE MET Steve Miller in the Seattle studio where he mostly works these days, he was planning to make more than one album – ...

The Pedal Steel Guitar

Retrospective by Lenny Kaye, History of Rock, The, 1983

Pedal steel power from country pickers ...

Crosby and Nash, Don Henley, Danny Kortchmar: Danny Kortchmar: The Standup Rocker

Interview by Dave Zimmer, Record, March 1983

"I HATE folk music, I always have," snaps Danny Kortchmar. Such a revelation is surprising, in view of the fact that Kortchmar (aka "Kootch") has ...

Rock Sax: Resurgence Of The Saxophone

Overview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, March 1983

THE SAX IS BACK.Honking saxophones played a major part in shaping '50s rock 'n' roll, but the instrument's role was virtually eliminated by the guitar ...

Albert Lee

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, May 1983

IT HAPPENS all the time. Some well-meaning rock fan comes up to guitarist Albert Lee and starts telling him he's a great player. "And man, ...

James Jamerson: Motown's Unsung Hero

Obituary by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1983

THE EMPHASIS IN pop falls on people in the spotlight but some of the biggest contributions to our pop culture come from the musicians who ...

David Williams, Michael Jackson: David Williams: A Slight Case Of No Credit

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1984

Session guitarist David Williams' name was left off Thriller album. ...

AC/DC: Angus Young: The Man In Short Pants Is Long On Guitar Chops

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, March 1984

...but don't ask him what equipment he uses. ...

Queen: Brian May Brings Out the Stars

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, March 1984

The Queen guitarist brought together some heavies with Eddie Van Halen on guitar and Phil Chen on bass – for his Star Fleet Project. ...

Gary Moore: Guitar on a Rampage

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, November 1984

The Irish terror has been compared to Beck, Van Halen and every whippersnapper coming up on the circuit. ...

Lou Reed, Richard Hell, Robert Quine: Robert Quine: Red Red Quine

Interview by Richard Kick, ZigZag, April 1985

WILD MEN of rock come and wild men of rock fizzle out. Or, rebels don't – their voices just fade away. Robert Quine, mild mannered ...

Jimi Hendrix: James Marshall Hendrix: Undisputed Master of the Electric Guitar

Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, September 1985

Every guitarist today — from Coryell to Steve Stevens — has been marked by the stamp of Purple Haze genius. Sixteen axmen explain Hendrix' influence in their ...

Cream, Ginger Baker: The Ginger Baker Challenge

Interview by Richard Gehr, Spin, January 1986

WHAT THE HELL is drummer dinger Baker doing in New York? Hanging out with the Celluloid Records central committee, of course, and laying down tracks for ...

Eric Johnson: The Warm Tone of a Texas Twister

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, May 1986

The soft-spoken guitar genius has waited a long time to spring his music on us. We present a play-by-play of his layered approach to axe ...

U2's Leading Edge

Interview by John Hutchinson, Musician, September 1986

"I DON'T REALLY see myself as a guitar player," says U2's Edge. "I'm more of a songwriter or composer. In looking for a new way ...

Allen Toussaint, Professor Longhair: New Orleans Pianos: Talking Fingers

Film/DVD/TV Review by Don Snowden, Boston Phoenix, The, September 1986

You don't have to be addicted to New Orleans piano style to savor the rich portrait of Stevenson Palfi's Piano Players Rarely Ever Play Together ...

ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons: Sittin' On Top Of The World

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, November 1986

"B.G. HERE," drawled the voice on the phone. Billy Gibbons was calling from Arizona where he was en route to Los Angeles for the filming ...

Zakir Hussain: Thunder On The Mountain

Profile and Interview by Ken Hunt, Folk Roots, February 1987

ZAKIR HUSSAIN is a musician who straddles the East-West divide. Like his father, Ustad Alla Rakha Khan, his instrument is the tabla and like his ...

Procol Harum, Robin Trower: Robin Trower: Keeper Of The Dream

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, April 1987

The one-time Procol pace-setter has seen musical trends come and go, but he's back to playing among us because he has a vision of the ...

Marcus Miller, Miles Davis: Marcus Miller: Bass For All Seasons

Interview by Gene Santoro, Guitar World, June 1987

What is it about MARCUS MILLER'S eternal thump that makes him Miles' choice bottom and the Bee Gees' top choice? ...

Coil: The Darker Side Of Sampling

Interview by Mark Dery, Keyboard, July 1987

LONG BEFORE the verb was coined, Coil keyboardist Peter Christopherson started sampling. ...

Robyn Hitchcock: Guitar Poet

Interview by Deborah Frost, Guitar World, July 1987

LIKE LOU Reed, Bob Dylan and John Lennon, to whom he has been compared, Robyn Hitchcock's lyrics are so brilliant they tend to obscure everything ...

Dean Parks: Session Aces: Dean Parks

Profile and Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar World, July 1987

DEAN PARKS is the veteran of this wild bunch, having been a staple in the studios for 15 years. But like every other member of ...

The Cure's Lol Tolhurst: A Dose Of Keyboard Fever

Interview by Mark Dery, Keyboard, August 1987

EVER SINCE schoolmates Robert Smith, Laurence "Lol" Tolhurst, and Michael Dempsey formed Easy Cure in 1976 – the name was eventually shortened to the Cure ...

Bruce Springsteen, Clarence Clemons: The E Street Man: Clarence Clemons

Interview by Deborah Frost, Elle, August 1987

CLARENCE DEMONS is so big it's hard to imagine him standing in anyone's shadow. ...

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 ...

Django Reinhardt: Djangologie/USA Vols. 1-7 (DRG/Swing Records)

Review by Gene Santoro, Spin, April 1988

GYPSY GUITARIST Django Reinhardt offers an early modern (read post-phonograph) example of how pop music travels from its native habitat, is heard through alienated ears, ...

David Lindley: The Weird World Of David Lindley

Interview by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, October 1988

DAVID LINDLEY has found the oud of his dreams in a guitar store on Manhattan's Forty-eighth Street. "This is a beauty," he says, admiring the ...

The Memphis Horns: All The Way From Memphis

Interview by Robert Gordon, Music & Sound Output, December 1988

The Memphis Horns Celebrate 25 Years ...

Guitar Gods Of Planet Earth

Comment by Metal Mike Saunders, Revolution, 1989

AFTER 20 YEARS, it's just occurred to me: This rock 'n' roll stuff has lots of guitars. I call up Chuck Eddy and he says, ...

Jeff Healey Band: Jeff Healey: Have Guitar, Will Sit

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, March 1989

JEFF HEALEY is the most unorthodox guitarist since Stanley Jordan. He plays seated, most of the time, with his guitar flat on his lap. As ...

Joe Satriani, Mick Jagger: The Devil And Joe Satriani

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, April 1989

A Guitar Hero Strikes a Different Kind of Bargain ...

Leo Kottke: Of Ice Fields, Breath Mints & Corn Flakes: Leo Kottke

Interview by Bruce Pollock, Guitar, October 1989

TRYING TO COME up with enticing copy about Leo Kottke, is a little like writing an ad for Kellogg's Corn Flakes. There's something about ...

Joe Satriani: Still Flyin', Still Dreamin'

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, November 1989

When he was just a little-biddy boy, ace widdlist JOE SATRIANI used to have weird dreams, dreams where he was flying around in "this blue colour" which ...

Jeff Beck, Stevie Ray Vaughan: Jeff Beck & Stevie Ray Vaughan: Guitar Slingers Shoot It Out

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Rolling Stone, November 1989

Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan go head-to-head on U.S. tour ...

Steve Vai, Whitesnake: Steve Vai: Vaiing For Attention

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, January 1990

NO, YOUR eyes aren't deceiving you. Steve Vai is holding a seven-string guitar, custom-made for him by Ibanez. ...

Rush: Screwing Up Pop — On Purpose

Interview by J.D. Considine, Musician, April 1990

RUSH MAY BE the only band on earth to have made "fear of boredom" a primary musical motivation. Needless to say, they don't put it ...

Elton John, Eric Clapton: Ray Cooper: Who Are Those Blokes Up There With Ray?

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, October 1990

Wherever stellar rockular personages gather together he's there at the back, shiny of pate and blurred of hand. But who is this Bongo Basher By ...

Loop: The Feedback of the 5,000 Volts

Interview by Cathi Unsworth, Sounds, December 1990

LOOP have long been associated with a wall of sound that is guaranteed to play havoc with the senses. CATHI UNSWORTH learns exactly what it ...

Chic: Back to Bass: Bernard Edwards

Interview by Don Snowden, Bass Player, April 1991

"I THINK 'GOOD TIMES' is the song we're remembered most for," said Bernard Edwards of the reunited Chic. "We were a commercial band and a ...

Nicky Hopkins

Profile and Interview by Steven P. Wheeler, Music Connection, August 1991

PROBABLY THE most underrated and yet most talented musicians are those who carry with them the less-than-heralded title of "session player." While some transformed themselves ...

Les Paul

Interview by Mark Dery, Rock's Backpages Audio, Winter 1991

The great guitarist and inventor talks about the basis of his style; the making of 'How High The Moon'; co-inventing The Chipmunks; his influence on other musicians; the development of sound-on-sound and multitrack recording, and pays a heartfelt tribute to Mary Ford.

File format: mp3; file size: 51.4mb, interview length: 51' 06" sound quality: ***

Charles & Eddie, En Vogue: Harmony Singing: You Have A Lovely Singing Voice

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, July 1993

Three years ago it had all but disappeared beneath the deluge of hard rap and technological beats. Now, from the choreographed trouser arousal of En ...

Alvin Lee, Blodwyn Pig, Robin Trower: Is There Life After Rock Guitar Godhead?

Overview by Roy Trakin, Musician, 1994

ALVIN LEE HAD reached the pinnacle of rock guitardom. Of course, by the time Woodstock was over, his "I'm Going Home... by helicopter" histrionics would ...

James Booker: The Unsung Piano Genius with Star-spangled False Teeth

Profile by Ben Thompson, MOJO, January 1994

"IF ALL AMERICAN PIANO PLAYERS LINED UP IN A ROW, each knowing the other’s abilities and talents, all would take a step back to recognise ...

Kristin Hersh: Lipstick, Powder and Saint

Interview by Elaine Cusack, Guitar, January 1994

"Oh I look just like a sad old hooker!" wails Kristin Hersh as a false eyelash falls from her heavily made-up face and just misses ...

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." ...

Guns N' Roses, Slash: Slash: Trigger with Attitude

Interview by Steven Rosen, Guitar, February 1995

After a whole year of well-publicised feuds with Axl Rose, Guns N' Roses' Slash has now cut loose to record his own album with a ...

David Torn, James Blood Ulmer, Thurston Moore: When Guitars Speak: Innovations From Ulmer, Torn and Moore

Review by Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post, The, June 1995

IT'S EASY to understand why so many jazz and pop musicians have gravitated toward the buzzing, grinding and squealing of guitar distortion, even if those ...

Van Halen: Eddie Van Halen

Interview by Steven Rosen, Total Guitar, August 1995

AT 38, EDWARD Van Halen is a changed man. He's cut his locks, cut out the sauce (and other less legal intoxicants) – and after ...

Singing The Body Electric

Overview by Mark Sinker, Wire, September 1995

The story of the first electronic instruments is as twisted and circuitous as their primitive, labyrinthine wiring. Mark Sinker goes in search of these often ...

Freddie Hubbard: When Your Chops Are Shot

Interview by Fred Shuster, Downbeat, October 1995

TRUMPET GREAT Freddie Hubbard greets a visitor to his cozy split-level Hollywood Hills home with a friendly handshake that belies the worry in his eyes. ...

Lothar and the Hand People: Return Of The Weird: Lothar and the Hand People

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, October 1995

"YOU THINK THERE'LL be enough interest in this that I'll be able to make a fortune giving theremin lessons?" ...

Paul Westerberg's 1962 Gibson Melody Maker

Interview by Alan Paul, Guitar World, June 1996

PAUL WESTERBERG may be known for his bittersweet lyrics and forlorn melodies, but his sentimentality certainly doesn't extend to his guitars. ...

James Sallis: The Guitar In Jazz – An Anthology

Book Review by Tom Graves, Washington Post, The, June 1996

WHY IS IT that jazz, one of the most exciting and explosive forms of music, has been the subject of some of the lamest, most ...

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 ...

Jan Akkerman

Interview by Colin Harper, The Guitar, November 1997

ALL OVER the world there are individuals trading copies of grainy videos from European television, cassettes of horrendously obscure old records by people with unpronounceable ...

Harry Partch's Original Invented Instruments: Barbican, London

Live Review by Andy Gill, MOJO, February 1999

IT'S NOT every day – or every decade, come to that – that UK audiences get a chance to witness Harry Partch's bizarre instruments "in ...

Blue Cheer, Randy Holden: Randy Holden

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Perfect Sound Forever, April 1999

RANDY HOLDEN might be the Great Lost Guitar Hero of the 1960's. ...

Elvis Presley: Scotty Moore's Classic Axe Goes Under The Hammer

Report by Mark Pringle, Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, April 2000

Former Elvis Presley producer weeps after auctioning off "the most important guitar in rock and roll history" ...

Jim Keltner: His Time Is Tight: Jim Keltner

Profile by Tim Riley, publicbroadcasting.net, January 2002

Jim Keltner has drummed for everybody from Bob Dylan to Steely Dan to Ry Cooder; he drives a lot of the better rock albums you ...

John Entwistle, The Who: John Entwistle, 1944-2002

Obituary by Chris Charlesworth, Bass Guitar, July 2002

IT IS A CLICHÉ THAT CELEBRITIES tend to be shorter in real life than they appear on stage. John Entwistle, who often wore brightly-coloured Cuban-heeled ...

Primal Scream: An Interview with Andrew Innes

Interview by Joe Matera, Total Guitar, 2003

JM: Over the years Primal Scream have continued to re-invent themselves musically with each subsequent release. In it's early incarnation it was a jangly Byrds ...

Johnny Marr: The Johnny Marr Interview

Interview by Joe Matera, Total Guitar, 2003

Joe Matera: Boomslang showcases a new sound for you that seems to be the culmination of all the different musical influences you've been exposed to ...

Jack Bruce: Back to Bass-ics: Jack Bruce

Interview by Joel McIver, Bass Guitar, April 2003

The bass maestro behind Cream, for several years now a successful solo artist in his own right, looks back on his remarkable career with Joel ...

Lemmy, Motorhead: Bassically Speaking: Lemmy

Interview by Joel McIver, Bass Guitar, June 2003

ALTHOUGH THE WORLD of metal is full of fearsomely talented bass players, many of which have appeared on these hallowed pages in recent months, few ...

Ben Harper on the Inside

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World Acoustic, June 2003

BEN HARPER'S NEW Diamonds on the Inside (Virgin) is a fireworks display of guitar. Colorful melodies played on an array of acoustics and electrics burst ...

Robben Ford At The Newcastle Opera House

Live Review by Craig W. Thomas, unpublished, November 2003

I'M TIRED OF the bullshit. I'm tired of TV advertising in my face. I'm sick of calls trying to sell me health insurance and I'm ...

The Guitar: Axes To Grind

Comment by Andrew Mueller, Guardian, The, November 2003

ACCORDING TO A body of instrument suppliers called the Music Industries Association, in the last 12 months the British people bought no less than 700,000 ...

Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Widowmaker (UK): Bass Instincts: The Bob Daisley Interview

Interview by Joe Matera, Total Bass Guitar, 2004

FOR MORE THAN 30 years now, Australian born-bassist Bob Daisley has been laying down the foundation of which some of the greatest rock and roll ...

A Fender Custom Shop Master Built Experience

Special Feature by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, January 2004

EVERYONE WHO grew up with "rock 'n' roll" during the 50s and 60s in the United States understood its message. Rebellion. The music served as ...

State of the Vintage Strat 2004: Four U.S. Experts Share Their Opinions

Overview by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, February 2004

WHILE AUTOMOBILES were designed to be driven, coins designed to be spent, and stamps designed for licking, such items have come to be valued and ...

How to Buy a Fender Stratocaster, Part One

Guide by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, February 2004

THE ARTICLE BELOW is not about collectible Stratocasters, vintage or otherwise. The information is provided in response to a frequently asked question: How in the ...

Melissa Auf Der Maur: World Of Bass: Melissa Auf Der Maur

Interview by Joel McIver, Bass Guitar, April 2004

MONTREAL-BORN bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur, something of a four-string legend on the alternative rock and grunge scene since the early 1990s, has recently released ...

How to Buy a Fender Stratocaster Part Two: New Instruments

Guide by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, April 2004

THE THRESHOLD questions considered in Part One of How to Buy a Fender Stratocaster were: What is your budget? and What purpose will the instrument ...

Jimi Hendrix: Seven Fender Stratocaster Models That Pay Tribute to Jimi Hendrix

Special Feature by Tom Watson, Modern Guitars, November 2004

OVER THE 34 years since his untimely death in 1970 at the age of 27, the music of Jimi Hendrix has inspired legions of budding ...

Moogers And Shakers

Film/DVD/TV Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Observer Music Monthly, January 2005

THE NAME ACTUALLY rhymes with 'vogue,' but the incorrect phonetic pronunciation somehow seems more appropriate to the noises made by the eponymous instrument created in ...

The Stratocaster Chronicles by Tom Wheeler

Book Review by Tom Watson, Strat Collector, February 2005

Apart from the weight of its own history, the Strat abides.– Tom Wheeler, The Stratocaster Chronicles ...

Freebass: Big Bottoms: Freebass

Report and Interview by Jenny Valentish, Inpress, January 2006

One harebrained scheme, two dozen pints, three legendary Mancunian bassists and a love of Spinal Tap = one very drunk bass supergroup. Jenny Valentish gets ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling With The Stones: A Backstage Exclusive With Side-Guys Chuck Leavell and Darryl Jones

Interview by Greg Phillips, Australian Musician, June 2006

More than forty years on, the Rolling Stones still pack a mighty mean punch on stage. Sure, nostalgia accounts for much of the electricity they ...

Flaming Lips: Steven Drozd of The Flaming Lips

Interview by Steven Rosen, ultimate-guitar.com, June 2006

STEVEN DROZD, guitarist for The Flaming Lips, plays guitar, keyboards, drums, sings, writes, entertains and philosophizes. He does a lot of different things. And that's ...

Bert Jansch: Invisible Jukebox

Interview by Mike Barnes, Wire, February 2007

Complete draft of the feature originally published in The Wire 276, Feb 2007 ...

The Rolling Stones: First Effects: Caught by the Fuzz

Retrospective by Matthew Frost, Guitar Buyer, April 2007

In the first part of our new series, Matt Frost takes a trip back to 1965. It's the 27th of May and the Rolling Stones ...

Peter Green: Sleep Easy Jeff Beck

Essay by Tom Graves, Rock's Backpages, September 2007

ON TOP OF the indignity of coping with a severed digit (which is coming along quite nicely, thank you very much) I learned last week ...

Twiddle Twaddle: The Guitarists Who Do Too Much

Column by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, November 2007

THIS MONTH'S column is inspired by Pete from Weston-Super-Mare and his controversial contribution to the letters page in last month's Guitarist: "Fret w*nkers - it's ...

Yngwie Malmsteen (2008)

Interview by Steven Rosen, Rock's Backpages Audio, 2008

The Paganini of Poodle talks about guitars, recording methods, his reputation etc... but mostly about himself.

File format: mp3; file size: 44.4mb, interview length: 48' 31" sound quality: * (phoner)

Buddy Miles 1947-2008

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, February 2008

Rock drummer who graced the stage with Hendrix in his heyday ...

Super Smashing Lovely: Jon Stewart Laments The Lost Art Of Stagecraft

Column by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, May 2008

FOR MOST people at a gig (the normal people, the ones who aren't other guitarists) it's not what you're playing that counts - it's what ...

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Profile by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, June 2008

SISTER ROSETTA Tharpe was born in a Mississippi delta cotton farm in 1915. ...

A Half-Century of McCabe's Guitar Shop

Report by Michael Simmons, LA Weekly, September 2008

Little shop of adorers ...

The Faces: The Guitar Face Phenomenon

Column by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, November 2008

GUITAR FACE is a common complaint that can strike any of us at any time. It is an unconscious condition over which we have little ...

A Different Kind Of Organ

Comment by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, November 2008

Radio 2, beset by scandal, is still the home of gloriously odd programming ...

Neil Young: Forever Young: Rick Rosas

Interview by Greg Phillips, Guitar & Bass, September 2009

Few are those musicians who bend enough to keep pace with Neil Young’s ever-changing whims. Rick ‘The Bass Player’ Rosas has done just that for ...

Pink: Inside Pink's Funhouse

Interview by Greg Phillips, Australian Musician, September 2009

Greg Phillips speaks with the Pink band ...

Steve Cropper: Rock Climbing: Steve Cropper

Retrospective by Jon Stewart, Guitarist, June 2010

GUITARIST, A&R MAN, engineer, producer, songwriter, promoter and founder member of Booker T & the MGs, Steve Cropper’s playing defines southern soul music.  Cropper listened to ...

ZZ Top: Billy Gibbons: An Interview

Profile and Interview by Pete Makowski, Guitar Aficionado, Fall 2010

"It's not really about fashion; it's only about STYLE. Style lives on and fashion dies." John Varvatos, contemporary menswear fashion designer* ...

Carol Kaye (2011)

Interview by Carl Wiser, Rock's Backpages Audio, October 2011

Top L.A. session bass player Kaye talks about her life in the Tinsel Town studios, laying down the low end for the likes of the Beach Boys, Monkees, Sinatra and so many more.

File format: mp3 File size: 16.1mb Interview length: 35' 13"; Sound quality: * (phoner)

Bert Jansch: On The Road So Long

Obituary by Colin Irwin, MOJO, December 2011

A virtuoso guitarist who knew no boundaries and inspired Jimmy Page and Neil Young, Bert Jansch died on October 5. Colin Irwin says farewell ...

The Black Keys: Guitarist Dan Auerbach Discusses Gear, Influences and the Latest Black Keys Album, El Camino

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Guitar World, March 2012

His Nashville studio is full of sweet vintage gear, but Dan Auerbach isn't just a retro-obsessed guitar hound. The Black Keys guitarist gets his motor ...

The Band, Garth Hudson, Levon Helm: Garth Hudson on Levon Helm

Memoir by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, July 2012

"THE FIRST TIME I saw Levon in action was in Woodstock, Ontario, about thirty-five miles from London, where I grew up. Ronnie and the Hawks ...

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