The well of Hendrix material continues to flow, now producing a book from Bloomsbury. The publisher has issued Jimi Hendrix Starting at Zero: In His Own Words, a memoir assembled from the late guitarist’s own words. From Bloomsbury, via Guitar Aficionado:

(Hendrix) did leave his own account of himself, locked away like a Chinese puzzle in his many interviews, lyrics, writings, poems, diaries, and even stage raps. Starting at Zero brings all these elements together in narrative form.

Read more at GA.

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We’ve lost another true giant among guitarists: Flamenco legend Paco de Lucia has died at the age of 66. Born Francisco Sanchez Gomez, the guitarist had an impact that reached well beyond his instrument in his Spanish  birthplace, Algecrias. Via BBC News Europe:

Algeciras is to hold two days of official mourning. Its mayor, Jose Ignacio Landaluce, called the musician’s death an “irreparable loss for the world of culture and for Andalusia.”

Author Emma Martinez, in a sidebar of the BBC article, reflects on de Lucia:

For me, as for the vast majority of my contemporaries, Paco was, is and forever will be the ultimate flamenco guitarist. As a classical guitarist (retired), for me he also became simply the world’s greatest guitarist regardless of genre, and one of the world’s best composers for guitar.

Read more at BBC.

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Guernsey’s auction house will host a sale of nearly 300 vintage archtop, flattop, and classical/flamenco guitars from a private collection in April. Guitar connoisseur Hank Risan began amassing his impressive arsenal in 1970, according to a new article in Guitar Aficionado. As he told the publication, “I wanted to buy a 1929 000-45 more than anything, and that set me on my journey. I probably bought and sold more than 10,000 instruments putting my collection together.”
Get a load of the available assortment, via GA:
The selection of instruments is staggering, consisting of various D’Angelico, Epiphone, Gibson, Gretsch, Larson, Martin, National, Regal, Stromberg, and Washburn guitars from the 1890s through the Fifties as well as classical/flamenco guitars from master builders like Antonio de Torres, José Ramírez, Manuel Ramírez, and Ignacio Fleta.
Read more and see photos at GA.

Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Bob Casale, a founding member of Devo, has died at 61. Brother and bandmate Gerald Casale said the following in a a statement, via Rolling Stone:

Bob was there in the trenches with me from the beginning. He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got. His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all.

Read more at RS.

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Ron Jarzombek, guitar maniac behind the likes of WatchTower, Spastic Ink, and Blotted Science, recently answered reader questions on at Reddit. Inquiries covered topics from the history of progressive music, to playing and recording techniques to twelve-tone composition:

I don’t follow any of the rules like “you can’t play a note twice until you’ve played every other note in the row”, using a matrix, retrograde, inversion retrograde, etc… I don’t do any of that. The 12 tones/notes are there for all of us to do whatever we want with them. End of story.

Read it all are Reddit.

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Some Saturday shred for you: Here is the incredible Greg Howe playing live with Dennis Chambers and Victor Wooten (decent rhythm section, eh?). Enjoy.

With the exception of Lulu, their 2011 collaboration with Lou Reed, Metallica haven’t issued a studio album since 2008′s Death Magnetic. But that doesn’t mean James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett haven’t been compiling riffs. Lots of them. As Hammett tells Rolling Stone:

James has 800 pieces of music. I have 400 pieces of music. Once we figure out what pieces of music are actually gonna work for us, then we’re going to start turning those pieces of music into songs and seeing where that leads us.

Nevertheless, the band has specified no solid time frame for releasing new music.

Read more at RS.

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