In the late 80s / early 90s I got it in my head that I wanted to be a guitar god. Thankfully I woke up and realised that I was absolutely useless at playing guitar and went back to listening to those who could play. Today I don’t listen to much guitar music but nearly 30 years I can still appreciate the talent that many of these players have.
Marty Friedman and Jason Becker were two of my favourite players, along with Bucket Head, Paul Gilbert and Steve Vai. Jason Becker is one incredible human being. For over 20 years he has lived with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and has continued to live life to the fullest and make music.
Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin) was a one of a kind ! A self taught blind Avant Garde / Experimentalist / Jazz composer and musician who performed on the streets of New York and influenced musicians like Philip Glass and Steve Reich. If you want weird and unusual but interesting, melodic and engaging; look no further than the legendary Moondog.
The one and only, Diamanda Galas – straight from the fires of hell ! What a vocal range ! And what passion and madness !
There is only one Buckethead. What an extraordinary musician ! One of the most unusual, gifted and prolific in the history of man ! And probably the best guitarist ever !
The wonderful Robert Rich’s sleepish Perpetual – an electro minimalist masterpiece.
John Cage is no longer with us but his legacy will remain for a very long time. John Cage had a lot to say about silence and sound and questioned the very nature of music.
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