Born Ian Scott Anderson, August 10 1947 in Dunfermline, Scotland, Anderson was interested in music from a young age, gaining influence from his father James' record collection of big band and jazz, as well as early rock & roll by Elvis Presley. The Anderson family later relocated to Blackpool where Ian finished his studies. In… Continue reading The Life You Give: Ian Anderson *VIII 10 1947
Few rock guitarists possess a playing style as instantly recognizable as Queen's Brian May. With his orchestrated guitar armies (multi-tracked guitar lines overdubbed on top of each other) and instantly memorable, well-constructed melodic leads, May is in a class all by himself. Born in Hampton, Middlesex, in July 1947, May showed an interest in music… Continue reading The Life You Give: Brian May *VII 19 1947
Andrés Segovia, born February 21 1893, in Linares, Spain, is the musician acclaimed as the foremost guitarist of his time. He was the most important force in reestablishing the guitar as a concert instrument in the 20th century, chiefly through demonstrating its expressive and technical potential. He continued giving concert performances past the age of… Continue reading The Life You Give: Andrés Segovia *1893
Eddie Van Halen belongs in a rarefied group of musicians who changed the very notion of the possibilities of their chosen instrument. In Van Halen's case, he was a guitarist of superlative imagination and skill, innovating and introducing a number of techniques that would soon become part of the arsenal of many guitarists, including finger-tapping,… Continue reading The Life You Give: Eddie van Halen *1955
Suddenly I experienced a level of painless suffering I never knew before. Since a very early age, the furnishing in my home included at least a piano. I played with it regularly — physically and mentally. But the portable simplicity of a guitar always attracted me. As a left handed person, however, my exploration possibilities… Continue reading In an unbearable lightness, and bearable heaviness of a legitimate painless suffering which suddenly surfaces.