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Andy Summers Bio
A truly unique guitar player with a signature sound Andy's infuences are rather broad - some great videos carefully selected to give you a real insight into his sound. Some interesting footage of Andy jamming some slide guitar on an old gibson with Jules Holland on Keys - read

James Hetfield Biography
Guitarist, Songwriter (1963–)

James Hetfield is the lead guitarist and vocalist for heavy metal band Metallica, known for hits like "Enter Sandman" and "The Memory Remains."
Synopsis
Guitarist and singer James Hetfield, born on August 3, 1963, in Downey, California, formed the heavy metal group Metallica with drummer Lars Ulrich. The band with underground

Dimebag Darrel Biography
Darrell Lance Abbott, also known by his stage names "Diamond Darrell" or "Dimebag Darrell", was born August 20, 1966 in Arlington, Tx. Darrell is best known for being a key founding member in both Pantera and Damageplan.



Along with his brother, drummer Vinnie Paul (Abbott), the two formed Pantera

Slash Biography
Guitarist (1965–)

Award-winning hard rock guitarist Slash played with Guns N’ Roses until 1996. He went on to form the band Velvet Revolver and release two solo albums.
Synopsis
Slash was born Saul Hudson in London, England, in 1965. He grew up in Los Angeles and learned to play guitar as a teenager. In

Vernon Reid Biography
As the lead guitarist of Living Colour and a co-founder of the Black Rock Coalition, Vernon Reid has done a great deal to undermine stereotypical expectations of what music black artists ought to play; his rampant eclecticism encompasses everything from hard rock and punk to funk, R&B and avant-garde jazz, and his

The Edge Biography
Guitarist, Musician (1961–)

The Edge is the lead guitarist for the hugely successful rock band U2.
Summary
David Evans, later known as the Edge, was born in East London in 1961. In high school, Evens joined fellow classmates in forming a band, which soon was called U2. In 1980, the band released its first

Prince Biography
Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer (1958–)

American musician Prince achieved wide fame in the 1980s with 1999 and Purple Rain, the latter album sharing a title with a film starring the musician.
Synopsis
Prince was born Prince Rogers Nelson on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He later changed his name four times. Prince's early music career

Mogine & Rotsey (midnight oil)  Biography
Australia's Midnight Oil brought a new sense of political and social immediacy to pop music: not only did incendiary hits like "Beds Are Burning" and "Blue Sky Mine" bring global attention to the plight of, respectively, aboriginal settlers and impoverished workers, but the group also put its

Nile Rodgers Biography
Music Producer, Guitarist, Songwriter (1952–)

Nile Rodgers is a guitarist, songwriter and producer known for co-leading the band Chic as well as working with Madonna, Diana Ross and Daft Punk, among many others.
Synopsis
Born on September 19, 1952, in New York City, guitarist Nile Rodgers formed the group Chic with bassist Bernard Edwards, landing

Yngwie Malmsteen Biography
Yngwie Malmsteen is arguably the most technically accomplished hard rock guitarist to emerge during the '80s. Combining a dazzling technique honed over years of obsessive practice with a love for such classical composers as Bach, Beethoven, and Paganini, Malmsteen's distinctively Baroque, gothic compositional style and lightning-fast arpeggiated solos rewrote the book on heavy

Joe Satriani Biography
Along with teaching some of the top rock guitar players of the '80s and '90s, Joe Satriani is one of the most technically accomplished and widely respected guitarists to emerge in recent times. Born on July 15, 1956, in Westbury, New York, and raised in the nearby town of Carle

Steve Vai Biography
Six-string wizard Steve Vai, along with his onetime teacher Joe Satriani, set the standard for rock guitar virtuosity in the '80s. Born on June 6, 1960, and raised in Carle Place, New York, Vai became interested in the guitar via such legendary artists as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, and Alice Cooper as a teenager and, upon

Paul Gilbert Biography
Metal guitar virtuoso Paul Gilbert was born November 6, 1966 in Carbondale, IL and raised primarily in Greenburg, PA; he began playing music at age five, and by age 15 was not only touring local clubs with his band Tau Zero but was even spotlighted in Guitar Player magazine alongside

Stevie Ray Vaughan Biography
Guitarist, Songwriter (1954–1990)

A preeminent bluesman, award-winning guitarist and singer Stevie Ray Vaughan earned critical and commercial success during the 1980s.
Synopsis
Born on October 3, 1954 in Dallas, Texas, Stevie Ray Vaughan played guitar as a child and became lead singer for the Texas band Double Trouble, which led to work with

Gary Moore Biography
One of rock's most underrated guitarists (both from a technical and compositional point of view), Gary Moore remains relatively unknown in the U.S., while his solo work has brought him substantial acclaim and commercial success in most other parts of the world -- especially in Europe. Born on April 4,

Robert Cray Biography
Tin-eared critics have frequently damned him as a yuppie blues wannabe whose slickly soulful offerings bear scant resemblance to the real down-home item. In reality, Robert Cray is one of a precious few young blues-based artists with the talent and vision to successfully usher the idiom into the 21st century

Danny Gatton Biography
Guitar virtuoso Danny Gatton was known for the incredibly wide stylistic range of his playing; based in rockabilly,Gatton's musical vocabulary included R&B, pop, country, rock, and jazz, all of which he could play effectively. Gattonbegan playing at age nine, joining his first band, the Lancers, three years later. In 1960, Gatton pursued a jazz

Vince Gill Biography
Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer (1957–)

Vince Gill is an award-winning country musician known for such hits as 'What the Cowgirls Do' and 'Whenever You Come Around.'
Synopsis
Born in Oklahoma in 1957, Vince Gill's first solo album, Turn Me Loose(1984), earned him the Academy of Country Music's Top New Male Vocalist Award. In 1989, Gill recorded When I

Andy Summers Biography
(1942–)

Andy Summers achieved international fame as the Grammy Award-winning guitarist of The Police, known for hits songs like "Message in a Bottle," "Every Breath You Take" and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."
Synopsis
Andy Summers was born on December 31, 1942 in Lancashire, England. Summers established himself as a

John Schofield Biography
One of the "big three" of late 20th and early 21st century jazz guitarists (along with Pat Metheny andBill Frisell), John Scofield's influence grew in the '90s and continued into the 21st century. Possessor of a very distinctive rock-oriented sound that is often a bit distorted, Scofield is a masterful jazz improviser whose

How long does it take to become a legend ?

John Wooden started coaching the UCLA basketball team in 1948 and it was 16 years, some of them pretty rough, until his team won its first national championship. He ultimately won 10 of them in 12 years, including seven in a

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