From adapting his first six-string guitar into a four-stringer and using an unusual fret work technique, Mountain’s Leslie West has blazed his own trail.
With the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, Steve Winwood rode the first British Invasion into America’s music scene — and he never left.
Guitarist Steve Howe of Yes, Asia and GTR fame reflects on tour life and the last-minute recording rush that always seems to occur in the studio.
From his first chart smash with The Babys to his latest album, John Waite has, thankfully, never lived by the rules. (He even chose 11 LPs for this list!)
Subtitled “The Rock ’n’ Roll Life of Survivor’s Founding Member,” Jim Peterik’s autobiography details his rise from an aspiring musician in f Berwyn, Illinois, to that of a respected songwriter who has more than 1,000 published compositions and whose songs have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.
Even though Jim Peterik’s bands Survivor and The Ides of March scored chart hits, the singer, guitarist and keyboardist admits he is not a household name.
The late keyboardist co-founded Deep Purple in 1968 with drummer Ian Paice in England, and stuck with it through seven of its eight distinctive lineups.
Most kids dream what they’ll do when they grow up, be it doctor, professional athlete, teacher, superhero, firefighter, farmer, lawyer, actor, builder, policeman, writer, actor, spy or rock star landed on your radar at one point. But Joe Reagoso’s childhood career goal was more specific — and more importantly, one that he made come true. “Ever since I was a young kid, catching The Beatles and The Monkees on TV, I dreamed of having my own record label,” says Reagoso, who today is president of the Friday Music label.
Armed with his want list and his wallet, Goldmine’s Dr. Disc is shopping his way through independent record shops. This edition: Amoeba Records in Hollywood, California.
Babys members past and present John Waite, Wally Stocker, Tony Brock and Ricky Phillips share the stories behind some of the group’s most enduring songs.