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Legends

Dimebag Darrell

On December 8, 2004 Dimebag Darrell took the stage with his recently formed band Damageplan, before getting started he followed his lifelong ritual, he addressed  his brother and drummer Vinnie Paul, and greeted him with their war cry, “Van Halen!”, all ready to begin their second last performance of the tour. It turned out to be their...

Frank Zappa

Trying to unlock the puzzle of one of the most restless minds that the world of 20th century music has given us, is an arduous task. In his barely 52 years among us Frank Zappa delivered a huge musical catalogue, with over 100 albums, dozens of collections, and various singles. His music is as unclassifiable as he is. He played dozens of...

Nick Drake

Guitarist and songwriter Nick Drake is a cult folk hero who is revered as both a guitarist and songwriter among people of all generations. Every year scores of people from all over the world gather in Warwickshire’s Tanworth-in-Arden, the town where he spent a large part of his life, to pay tribute. In 2000 a TV commerical made his track...

Albert Collins

They have called Albert Collins many things, The Master of the Telecaster, The Razor Blade, but perhaps he’s best remembered as The Iceman, after those sharp cutting solos like an ice pick that he used to get out of Telecaster. But despite all that, when Collins took the stage, the temperature rose, not only was he a brilliant guitarist, but also...

Malcolm Young

Malcolm Young has died and Guitars Exchange would like to pay tribute to him. The news has come to us while we plan the following articles, among which is a special about rhythm guitarists, in which his name was the first to come to our minds, along with Steve Cropper. Despite Malcolm ‘being in the shadow’ because he gave the spotlight to...

Kirk Hammett

In 1983 a Californian band called Metallica was preparing to record its first album in the city of New York. That band was formed by Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, a newcomer Cliff Burton and a guitarist named Dave Mustaine who increasingly mixed his taste for drugs with a tendency to violence that made it increasingly unbearable to live with him in...

Bonnie Raitt

American blues singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt became a superstar after 10 albums and no commercial success until her 1989 blockbuster Grammy winning album Nick of Time. It vaulted her into the limelight and she hasn’t stopped since. She has amassed 10 Grammys, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2000), is listed at 50 on Rolling...

Bert Jansch

When Bert Jansch is spoken of, two points are usually highlighted: first, that one of his biggest fans, by his own admission, took his arrangement from the traditional folk song Blackwaterside and converted it into an instrumental on Led Zeppelin’s song, Black Mountain Side, and then put his own name to it: Jimmy Page. The second is that...

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr is one of the most atypical ‘guitar heroes’ in history, a guy who built his legacy almost without the need to do solos, but who managed to integrate his multiple influences into one the most recognised styles in the history of music. With The Smiths, he was given a titanic task, to replicate the famous ‘Wall of Sound’ by Phil...

Steve Cropper

If soul music could only have one guitar, that would be the Telecaster of Steve Cropper, who plays on songs like Soul Man, (Sitting on) The dock of the bay, In the midnight hour, Knock on Wood and Green Onions; making our protagonist the guitarist with the most soul in history.   Steve Cropper was born on 21 October 1941 in Dora,...

Steve Miller

Some people called him the “space cowboy”, some called him the “gangster of love”, some people called him “Maurice” because he spoke of the “pompatus of love”, and the world knows him as the legendary American guitarist singer/songwriter Steve Miller. He grew up in Wisconsin with jazz-happy parents, his mother Bertha was a singer...

Lindsey Buckingham

Lindsey Buckingham must have something special when one of most important people in the career of Peter Green, drummer Mick Fleetwood,  says he has seen flashes of his genius after listening to him for first time in his life. Of course Buckingham is much more than a great guitar player, he is also an excellent composer, arranger and producer,...

Tom Petty

Tom Petty was one of the last greats in rock, one of the few who could get up on stage with Bob Dylan and George Harrison, without seeming like a secondary figure. Whether leading the Heartbreakers, with his loyal lieutenant Mike Campbell, or working alone, Petty has left us an enormous collection of 20 albums, among which are some of the best...

Roy Buchanan

Roy (Leroy) Buchanan was born on September 23, 1939 in the Ozarks, Arkansas, son to his father Bill, a farmer, and mother Minnie, a housewife. When he was 2 the family moved to Pixley California, by the age of 5 he picked up his very first guitar, and for his 9th birthday his parents got him a red Rickenbacker lapsteel and sent him to classes for 3...

Annie Clark - St. Vincent

Annie Clark, Aka St Vincent, is making a splash again for her music rather than her private life; something she evidently prefers.   Clark is currently on a tour of the United States to promote her new album, Masseduction, to be released on October 13, and its first single New York.   And, apparently already bored of...

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen is one of the most important figures in rock history, someone who connects his persona to many of the best things in this marvelous music. He is known as described in one of his most popular songs, Born to Run, as if it were written by Dylan, sung by Roy Orbison and produced by Phil Spector. But the Boss forgot something else,...

Joan Jett

The name Joan Jett evokes a strong, classy, independently-minded hard rocker who has not only made a great impact as a musician but also as an icon, especially for young women.   As a girl Jett raged because she was given the message that playing rock guitar was not for her. "Anger for women in music, for me, stemmed from......

Johnny Ramone

September 15th marks thirteen years since the American guitarist John Cummings, better known as Johnny Ramone, succumbed to prostrate cancer at the age of 55.   Johnny was a co-founder of the Ramones and played rhythm guitar throughout their enormously influential career, which includes an arguable claim to have kicked off the...

Joe Perry

Talking about Joe Perry is controversial, there are those who think he’s over-rated, others don’t even think he’s the best guitarist in his band, and still others who say behind well-groomed appearance and attitude , there is  nothing. But when someone comes up with riffs like Walk This Way, Sweet Emotion, Back in the Saddle, and Draw...