August 27, 2014
Guitarist Chris Stein was making more art than just Blondie records during the 1970s, as the new book Chris Stein / Negative: Me, Blondie, and the Advent of Punk shows. From Smithsonian.com:
After attending art school in the late 1960s, Stein was drawn to a fertile downtown music scene of New York City. Sonically creative as well as visually, he met his musical soulmate Debbie Harry … The rising new wave/punk scene of that time provided ample subject matter for Stein’s lens. He had special access to his fellow musicians, shooting portraits of performers including Joey Ramone, Iggy Pop, Joan Jett and of course, Debbie Harry.
Read more, including a conversation with Stein, at Smithsonian.
August 18, 2014
Scott, Frank, Dan
Anthrax had their greatest commercial success between 1987 and 1993, spanning the releases Among the Living through Sound of White Noise. This ad, featuring Scott Ian, Dan Spitz and bassist Frank Bello, dates to the middle of that period, concurrent to the compilation/covers album Attack of the Killer B’s. Scanned from Guitar Player, June 1991.
August 14, 2014
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Here’s Al Di Meola with a smoking live version of “Egyptian Danza” recorded in Germany in 1978. Palm mute!
August 10, 2014
Jon Herington has played lead guitar in Steely Dan for 15 years and is a devoted student of the band’s original recordings. He recently revealed to Digital Trends a personal favorite lead break from the original Dan albums:
(H)ands down, my favorite solo on any Steely Dan record is Larry Carlton’s Third World Man. It’s one of the greatest pop guitar solos ever recorded. It has a great shape, the whole way it moves and climaxes.
Read more from Jon Herington and listen to Larry Carlton’s solo at Digital Trends.
August 8, 2014
A ban on the use of steel string guitars in British jails has been lifted due in part to an initiative led by guitarist/songwriter Billy Bragg. According to Uncut:
The campaign was also led by Cardiff West MP Kevin Brennan … Musicians including Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway, Elbow’s Guy Garvey, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Johnny Marr also supported the campaign to overturn the ban.
And Bragg himself notes:
As an incentive to engage in rehabilitation individual access to steel strung guitars can really help the atmosphere on a prison wing.
Read more at Uncut.
August 6, 2014
From the nylon string hollow body to the overdriven Les Paul, all guitars—and musical instruments—operate according to the principles of physics. Physicist and guitarist Dr. David Robert Grimes, a postdoctoral researcher in Oxford University’s Department of Oncology, has applied the science of his day job to the techniques of the guitar in a new article published in the journal PLOS ONE. How devoted to the study was he? Here’s Dr. Grimes, via the Dublin City University website:
I took one of my oldest guitars down to the engineering lab to one of the people I knew there and explained that I wanted to strip it down to do this experiment. We had to accurately bend the strings to different extents and measure the frequency produced. He was a musician too and looked at me with abject horror. But we both knew it needed to be done – We put some nails into my guitar for science.
Read more at DCU’s site.