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Rock this! My interview with the editor of Guitar Player was a lot of fun talk about guitar heroes and legends! http://www.mrmedia.com/?p=1211Rock this! My interview with the editor of Guitar Player was a lot of fun talk about... more
The New York Times...
Jim Marshall, Maker of Famed Fuzzy Amplifiers, Dies at 88
By DOUGLAS MARTIN
Jim Marshall, who made rock ’n’ roll rawer and noisier by inventing the amplifier that helped define guitarists from Jimi Hendrix to members of countless garage bands, died on Thursday at a hospice in London. He was 88.
His death was announced by the company he founded, Marshall Amplification. The Associated Press said the cause was cancer.
Mr. Marshall was part of the English music scene as a drummer, drumming teacher and owner of a store in London that sold drums as the new rock music was gathering momentum in the early 1960s. Musicians urged him to add guitars and amplifiers to his wares. One of them, Pete Townshend of the Who, said he told Mr. Marshall that he wanted something “bigger and louder.”
“I was demanding a more powerful machine gun” to “blow people away all around the world,” Mr. Townshend told NPR in 2002. “I wanted it to be as big as the atomic bomb had been.”
With his sixth prototype, Mr. Marshall and his helpers came up with a harmless-looking black box with a speaker inside and controls on top. It would become the basis for the formidable wall of amplifiers used by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and almost every other major rock guitarist in the ’60s and ’70s and by the next generation of guitarists as well, including Kurt Cobain, Eddie Van Halen and Slash.
This acoustic artillery came to be called the “wall of Marshalls” or “Marshall stacks.” Mr. Marshall became known as “the father of loud.”
The Marshall amps were cheaper than the ones made by Fender, which produced a more precise sound. But the emerging rockers wanted something rougher and rowdier. In a tribute on Twitter, Mötley Crüe’s bassist, Nikki Sixx, said Mr. Marshall had been “responsible for some of the greatest audio moments in music’s history — and 50 percent responsible for all our hearing loss.”
James Charles Marshall was born in London on July 29, 1923, to parents who owned a fish-and-chips shop. He was stricken with tuberculosis of the bones and spent much of his early youth in a plaster cast from his knees to his armpits. When he was 13, sinking family fortunes forced him to take jobs in a scrap-metal yard, a jam factory and a shoe shop. Having learned to tap dance at 14, he was hired as a dancer and singer with a 16-piece orchestra. He took up drumming and rode his bicycle to performances, pulling his drum kit in a trailer.
During World War II he worked at an engineering firm after failing his draft physical and read engineering books on his own. After the war he taught drumming and eventually had 65 students.
He used his teaching profits to buy his music store. One of the musicians who came into the store regularly was Ken Bran, who visited with his band, Peppy and the New York Twisters. Mr. Marshall hired him as a service engineer.
Mr. Bran suggested that they build their own amplifiers, and brought in a young engineer, Dudley Craven, to help them. They collected ideas from musicians about creating a fuzzier, more rambunctious sound then in demand. The sound became known as “the Marshall crunch.”
The first model, made in 1962, attracted 23 orders the first day. Two years later Mr. Marshall had 16 people in a factory making 20 amplifiers a week. Exports began in 1964 with an order from Roy Orbison. More growth followed as the company supplied mammoth sound systems to acts like Deep Purple and Elton John.
One of Mr. Marshall’s biggest breaks came in 1967 when Hendrix visited his showroom. In just months Hendrix would have a huge hit with his album “Are You Experienced,” but at the time, Mr. Marshall recalled, he thought the guitarist was “just another American chap wanting things for free.” Hendrix assured him that he intended to pay, and ultimately bought four complete stage setups.
“He was our greatest ambassador, without a doubt,” said Mr. Marshall, who considered Hendrix the best guitarist ever.
Mr. Marshall is survived by two children, two stepchildren, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, The A.P. reported.
A connoisseur of Cuban cigars and a single-malt Scotch bottled for him, Mr. Marshall many times refused to sell Marshall Amplification. “You can’t take it with you, you can only live in one house and drive one car at a time,” he said. “It’s the name that means something to me — because it is my name.”
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The New York Times...
October 5, 2011
Bert Jansch, an Influential Folk Guitarist, Is Dead at 67
By WILLIAM GRIMES
Bert Jansch, a guitarist whose blend of classical, jazz, blues and traditional British folk music inspired a long list of folk and rock guitarists in the 1960s and ’70s, including Donovan, Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Paul Simon, died on Wednesday in London. He was 67.
The cause was lung cancer, The Associated Press reported.
Mr. Jansch caused an immediate sensation with his first album, “Bert Jansch,” released in 1965. He was a mostly self-taught musician. And his idiosyncratic style, with its intricate finger work and bent notes, as well as his bold reinterpretations of traditional material, exerted a powerful influence on a generation of young guitarists. A founder of the progressive British folk group Pentangle, he remains an almost talismanic figure for today’s young artists like Beth Orton and Devendra Banhart.
“With the release of his first album in 1965 he completely reinvented guitar playing and set a standard that is still unequaled today,” Johnny Marr, the former guitarist for the Smiths, wrote in a foreword to the paperback reissue of the 2000 book “Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival,” by Colin Harper. “Without Bert Jansch, rock music as it developed in the ’60s and ’70s would have been very different.”
Mr. Jansch (the name rhymes with blanch) became obsessed with the guitar after a teacher in his elementary school in Edinburgh brought one in for a demonstration. His parents could not afford to pay for more than a few lessons, so he tried to construct his own instrument. “The second one I made was even playable, and I learned to chord a D on it,” he told Frets magazine in 1980.
After buying a guitar at age 15, he began listening to records by Woody Guthrie, Big Bill Broonzy, Brownie McGhee and Lead Belly. Gradually he incorporated influences from classical music, jazz and traditional Celtic and British folk songs. He was particularly influenced by Davy Graham, another seminal guitarist, whose composition “Angi” (also spelled “Angie” and “Anji”) became the centerpiece of Mr. Jansch’s first album.
Mr. Jansch remained reserved about describing his style and how it evolved. “Everyone asks that but I’m sorry, it’s a mystery to me how it developed like this,” he told the newspaper Scotland on Sunday in 2004.
Neil Young, who included Mr. Jansch on his American tour last year, once called him the acoustic equivalent of Jimi Hendrix as an influence on guitar players. Donovan recorded a cover version of Mr. Jansch’s protest song “Do You Hear Me Now” on his “Universal Soldier” album and paid tribute to him with “Bert’s Blues” on the album “Sunshine Superman” and “House of Jansch” on “Mellow Yellow.”
Mr. Page, who succumbed to the spell of Mr. Jansch’s first album when it came out, did his own instrumental version of “Blackwaterside,” a traditional song from Mr. Jansch’s third solo album, “Jack Orion” (1966). Retitled “Black Mountain Side,” it appeared on Led Zeppelin’s debut album.
Herbert Jansch was born on Nov. 3, 1943, in Glasgow and grew up in Edinburgh. After leaving school at 15, he became a fixture at the Howff, a local folk club. Two of the club’s regulars, Clive Palmer and Robin Williamson, future members of the Incredible String Band, encouraged him to break out of the narrow Edinburgh scene.
He made his way to London and performed on the streets and in small clubs. After recording “Bert Jansch” on a reel-to-reel tape deck, he teamed up with the singer and guitarist John Renbourn, his second guitarist on “It Don’t Bother Me” and “Jack Orion” and his duet partner on the influential album “Bert and John” (1966).
He and Mr. Renbourn began performing at the Horseshoe Hotel on Tottenham Court Road with the future members of Pentangle: the singer Jacqui McShee, the acoustic bassist Danny Thompson and the drummer Terry Cox.
The group made its debut in a sold-out performance at the Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 1967, and went on to become one of the most dominant folk groups in Britain. It was known for its innovative and eclectic style, which had a marked jazz influence, and for the complex intertwined guitar parts in the “folk baroque” style.
The group’s first album, “Pentangle,” was released in 1968, followed by “Sweet Child,” “Basket of Light,” “Cruel Sister,” “Reflection” and “Solomon’s Seal.”
On New Year’s Day 1973, Mr. Jansch left the group, whose members were buckling under the strain of five world tours. Retreating to a farm in Wales, he returned to a solo career and recorded the album “A Rare Conundrum.” In the late 1970s joined with the fiddler Martin Jenkins to form a duo, Jansch and Jenkins, which became Conundrum after adding the bassist Nigel Smith. For a time Mr. Jansch performed and recorded with various revived versions of Pentangle.
Drinking problems derailed his career for a time, but he rebounded in the 1990s with the album “When the Circus Comes to Town.” He later recorded two critically praised albums, “Crimson Moon” and “The Black Swan,” featuring younger folk-influenced artists.
Mr. Jansch’s first two marriages ended in divorce. He is survived by his wife, Loren Auerbach, and two sons, Kieron and Adam.
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I’ve got a brand new, shiny green Swollen Pickle to play with! That’s right! You hear me! A big ol’ Swollen Pickle all to myself! It is picture below.
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A YouTube clip of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page playing a slow soulful country music version of a classical Chopin prelude with jazz-style backing at London’s Royal Albert Hall accompanied by a giant church organ. He was using a guitar internally modified so that you could bend its B string by pulling down against its shoulder strap peg in 1983.A YouTube clip of Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page playing a slow soulful country music... more
The Yardbirds at The BBC tonight from 19966 on the Roundtable Special tonight.
We're gonna do a little dancing,
A little dancing thing called the mud shark
Now, this dance started up in Seattle...
-- Frank ZappaMud sh-sh-shark We're gonna do a little dancing, A little dancing thing called... more
"What’s really interesting about this movie, however, is the scope of the subject matter. On the surface, this movie is guitar porn; three extremely talented musicians talk craft and share a few of their secrets and jam out on a few songs. But then there’s a deep level of music appreciation in this movie. Link Wray’s “Rumble” will always sound different after you listen to it with Jimmy Page miming along to his favorite parts (while standing in his music room, with shelves packed with hundreds and hundreds of CDs and records). Jack White really gets into the music that inspired him, and the movie includes some very old footage of some of the original blues men of America, including Sam House and Blind Gary Davis, and White gets into the whys of the blues and how deep the genre can get. Meanwhile, The Edge talks about his early exposure to punk rock and how it just blew the doors open as to what he knew about music at the time."
read the rest at: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-7322-Orlando-Movie-Examiner~y2009m9d26-Review-It-Might-Get-Loud--exclusively-at-the-Enzian-Theater"What’s really interesting about this movie, however, is the scope of the... more
“It Might Get Loud opens in theaters tomorrow. A documentary about Jack White of (The White Stripes, The Racatours, The Dead Weather…etc), The Edge of U2, and the notorious Jimmy Page of (The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin). The film examines each of their three playing styles, as well as a historic jam session.“It Might Get Loud opens in theaters tomorrow. A documentary about Jack White of... more
Trailer for the documentary "It Might Get Loud" from the director of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. In theatres August 14th. Check out http://www.sonyclassics.com/itmightgetloud/ for more info.Trailer for the documentary "It Might Get Loud" from the director of AN... more
Slideshow of cellphone pictures taken while painting Led Zeppelin with white acrylic on vinyl records. See an interview of me, Daniel Edlen, at http://www.vinylart.info along with lots of examples.
Peace.Slideshow of cellphone pictures taken while painting Led Zeppelin with white acrylic... more
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Here is a trailer for a new documentary with Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White called It Might Get Loud. The documentary talks about the history of the electric guitar through the point of view of three Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. The film gives each of the three legends personal stories,and gives the world three generations of electric guitar. It also shows how each player has developed his unique sound and style of playing his favorite instrument. Concentrating on the artists musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations and provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays.Here is a trailer for a new documentary with Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White... more
According to "Guitar World" these are the 50 greatest rock and roll guitar solos ever. See any glaring omissions or out-of-whack rankings?According to "Guitar World" these are the 50 greatest rock and roll guitar... more
Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin is finished! While there was talk of a 2009 tour, that has all gone by the wayside because singer Robert Plant had no interest in joining band mates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones for a reunion.
Keep reading at Bitten and Bound ...Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin is finished! While there was talk of a 2009 tour,... more
Led Zeppelin will tour with a replacement for founding singer Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones has confirmed.Led Zeppelin will tour with a replacement for founding singer Robert Plant, bassist... more