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Lita Ford Interview

Lita Ford is a British-born American rock legend.   Ford -"heavy metal’s leading female rocker" according to Rolling Stone - was lead guitarist for the Runaways in the late 1970s before starting a solo career that saw her co-write the hit ´Close my eyes forever´ with Ozzy Osbourne, among many others.   Her...

Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf (2002)

2001 was assumed to be the commercial resurrection of the rock guitar with records like Is This It? by the Strokes, or White Blood Cells from the White Stripes, with the pundit press proclaiming Jack White as rock’s savior. That same year, Foo Fighters leader and ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, got together with Josh Homme and his Queens Of The...

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...

The War On Drugs - A Deeper Understanding (2017)

As they say on the Strangest Thing, The War On Drugs’ A deeper understanding has placed the group on that fine line that separates beauty and pain. The band’s new album represents a clear continuation from Lost in the dream - the record that catapulted them to fame three years ago - and proves again that Adam Granduciel and his band still...

The Kinks - Something Else (1967)

It may be that the Kinks are the least known of the four great bands from the 'British invasion' (Beatles, Stones, Who and themselves), but they are no less important. Something else is chronologically second in the string of six consecutive masterworks that Ray Davies' band released between 1966 and 1971. Continuing with the stylistic...

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...

Mimi Fox Interview

New York born Mimi Fox is an internationally renowned jazz guitarist who has played and recorded with Branford Marsalis, Diana Krall and Charlie Byrd, among many others.   In the late 1970s she moved to California and took lessons from Bruce Forman and Joe Pass. As a prodigious young talent , however, she had already been teaching...

Sheer Mag – Need To Feel Your Love (2017)

After publishing three EPs, Need To Feel Your Love is the debut album of Sheer Mag, a band from Philadelphia that could be described as one of the great hopes of American rock. Their explosive mix of Thin Lizzy-like riffs, powerful voice, and risky  lyrics in these days of Trump, returns rock to its abrasive, subversive edge.   The...

Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols (1977)

The appearance of 'Never mind the bollocks, here's the Sex Pistols' was one of the biggest convulsions that rock has experienced in its 60 year plus history. In the last 40 years, only the appearance of Nirvana (a group that was so influenced by the Pistols that it called its masterwork 'Nevermind'), over a decade later, can compare with it....

Freddie King

Freddie King was a giant in every sense of the word, 2 metres tall and 136 Kg heavy. The minute he took the stage it was impossible to look away from this musician who brought together 2 greatschools of blues in history: Texas blues and Chicago blues, and proved to inspire a new generation of phenomenal British rock/blues guitarists like...

Glen Matlock Interview

Punk legend, Sex Pistols' bass guitarist and song writer Glen Matlock has not slowed down since he appeared on the incendiary Bill Grundy 'Today' programme in December 1976. That infamous interview launched punk rock into the mainstream and effectively ended Grundy's career.   Aside from various Pistols' reunions, Paddington-born...

James Burton

James Burton only needed three guitars and less than 18 years to have his name engraved in gold letters in the history of rock and roll. By that time, he had already written one of the most popular riffs of all time and had become the man who completed the poker of the great rockabilly guitarists along with Scotty Moore, Carl Perkins and...

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...

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd (1973)

In 1972 Al Kooper discovered Lynyrd Skynyrd in concert and didn’t hesitate in signing them to his label and produced their first record, Pronounced Leh Nerd Skin Nerd. It was the crowning moment of what was known as ‘southern rock’, the Allman Brothers came first but their music was from a different approach, with blues and jazz being as...

Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion I & II (1991)

Clearly Appetite for Destruction is the great Guns N’ Roses album, but that doesn’t mean that the 2 volumes of Use Your Illusion lack substance. At the peak of their fame, Axl, Slash, Izzy, and Duff released 2 records at the same time, selling more than half a million copies in their first week and shot to # 1 and #2 on the charts worldwide. It...

Queen (1973) - Queen II (1974) - Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

‘Queen’ (1973) On the 13th of July 1973, record stores presented the first Queen album, they had recorded it between December 1971 and November 1972, among their influences are hard rock, progressive rock, and glam, but they had their own thing that nobody else sounded like. It’s still a work in progress but shows the many qualities, as...

The Stooges - Fun House (1970)

One of the best rock albums of all time. It was dirty work, indecent and dangerous, where Iggy Pop and his boys let loose the biggest gob of spit at American society at the time, a moment when the slogan “peace, love and music” was still moist. That wasn’t what the boys saw, there was violence, racial riots, and so much inequality, and this...

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...