Unplugged

Legends

Buddy Guy

25th of September, 1957, a date that is printed on all of the Buddy Guy guitars, the day he took a train to Chicago, with little more than a clean change of clothes and a guitar. 60 years later Guy is the real king of the blues and in charge of keeping his flame alive in the city where he changed to electric and served as the father of rock. Guy is...

Mike Bloomfield

It’s 1965, Mike Bloomfield goes to Woodstock after getting a call from a folk singer he had met two years earlier in Chicago. Interested mainly in the blues and black music, he isn’t aware of the singer’s fame. At the bus stop with his ‘64 Telecaster, without a case, the young folk singer goes to pick him up and they return to his place to...

Johnny Winter

On December 13, 1968, Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper gave a concert at the Fillmore East in New York. They had a record among the bestsellers, Super Session, and Bloomfield was considered, rightly so, to be the best white blues guitarist in the USA, but he was a nice guy, and was always more attentive to the new talented guitarists, just 2 months...

Jack White

It’s 2003, Jack White (born in 1975, real name- John Anthony Gillis) was already declared the ‘savior of rock´n roll’ 2 years ago, as frontman for his White Stripes, but he still wants more. With his new release he’s about to get weirder still, a ‘guitar hero’ ala old school, a species on the road to extinction. He just needs two...

Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson changed the course of pop music on a couple of occasions together with Bob Dylan and his Band. The first time by bringing the fire of rock and roll to the poetry of Like a Rolling Stone’s author, the second time by getting  back the to the simplicity of American pop music’s roots at the moment when rock seemed headed to...

Nils Lofgren

People don’t usually know Nils Lofgren, Chicago born on June 21, 1951, beyond his role as a band member accompanying 2 of the most important figures in rock music, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, the guitarist has a considerable career on his own behalf,  be it on his own, or as a member of Grin or Crazy Horse, which added to his...

Steve Hunter

Steve Hunter, born June 14, 1948, in Decatur (Illinois), is possibly the best session guitarist in history, with only one other competitor for the title, his friend Dick Wagner, of course whereas they have both appeared on several immortal records by Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, Hunter edges him out,  even if it’s just for the monument to the...

Les Paul

If we said the name Lester William Polsfuss, born June 9, 1915 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and died August 13, 2009 in New York, there wouldn’t be many people who’d recognise him, but if we said Les Paul,  those two words would sound like magic to millions of electric guitar fans. Of course many of these folk, when putting a face on this...

Ronnie Wood

A Jeff Beck student born to be a Rolling Stone. One is tempted to feel compassion and pity for Ron Wood, writing that he is just one more great guitarist that the rankings and encyclopedias unfairly consign to the crowd of 6-string masters. But no, Ronald David Ronnie Wood (Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, June 1st 1947) is a Rolling Stone, and...

Mick Ronson

Mick Ronson (May 26, 1946 - April 29, 1993) is one of the most undervalued musicians in history, partly due to the fact that a big part of his best work was working for others, mainly David Bowie, to which he played the right hand man during those lofty years, but also Ian Hunter, Dylan, and Roger McGuinn. He wasn’t just an exceptional guitarist,...

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal is one of the most important blues figures of the second half of the 20th Century, but to frame his career in one musical genre would be too simple given that Henry St. Clair Fredericks, born in New York 1942, has had many playing styles: folk, calypso, reggae, rock, and R&B. What he’s done with his approach to playing blues has...

Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp is the most atypical rock star in history, from the way he looks, more like a high school teacher than a guitar legend, to the way he plays, always seated, and in between his personal habits, non-drinking anti-drug, and his signature sound, with classic and jazz influences, without hardly any contact with the blues. Always the...

Bob Seger

Bob Seger (May 6, 1945) is not a genius, but a hard-working man, someone who’s built a remarkable career on blood, sweat and tears, having done thousands of gigs and hours on the road. A good guitarist and excellent singer who one day decided to become the voice of the working class, and instead of an acoustic guitar, he did it with all the...

Willie Nelson

Music history is full of legendary guitarists and their guitars, B.B. King and Lucille, Eric Clapton and Blackie or Peter Green and Greenie, but none is more iconic than that of Willie Nelson (born 29 April 1933) and his guitar Trigger. Together for 48 years, Nelson has a lasting faith in his guitar, despite, he says, “ We are both quite old,...

Johnny Thunders

John Anthony Genzale Jr., better known as Johnny Thunders was born the 15th of June 1952 in New York, and died the 23rd of April 1991 in New Orleans. In between, his way of playing guitar (something that can be qualified as howling noise, with licks lifted from Chuck Berry’s songbook) made him one of the fathers of punk. It’s not surprising...

Muddy Waters

The blues had a son and his name was rock and roll, of course the kid was a bastard, and had more than one father. Among them, one of the most important was McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, born April 4, 1913 (or 1915), who was the link between the delta blues and rock, or, if you like, between Robert Johnson and Chuck Berry. The...

Paul Kossoff

At the end of the 60s, England, the centre of rock music at that point, was dominated by hundreds of blues/rock bands where the guitar hero figure was prominent along the lines of Clapton, Beck, Page, or Peter Green. Among these hundreds of challengers the next on the list was one Paul Kossoff, born in London 1950, and his band Free. They did reach...

Ry Cooder

Ryland Peter Cooder, born the 15th of March, 1947, was already playing guitar at the age of 3. This Ry Cooder is able to play any chorded instrument just by looking at it. But despite this ability to play several instruments, he will always be associated with the ‘slide’ guitar, where he is with Duane Allman and Elmore James, its best...

Tom Scholz

The story of Tom Scholz can be summed up as the man who didn’t really want to be a rock star. After dazzling the planet with his excellent debut album which sold more than anyone had ever done on their first record, Scholz chose to keep his artistic independence over the afterglow of success, with a career in which he would only put out records...