Guitarist Allan Holdsworth passed away on April 16th, 2017, the news from a post by one of his daughters on Facebook. Uniquely talented, I would steer anyone to Gong's Gazeuse! album for a prime example of his guitar technique. When I was a teenager, I went to my local record shop (Spec's Music) and asked if they had Holdsworth's Velvet Darkness album, or if they could order it for me. The manager said to me, "He's pretty good guitarist, how do you know about him?" I replied that I had a Soft Machine and Gong album that he played on.
Submitted by Charles Snider on Sun, 04/16/2017 - 17:05
Essential: 33 Progressive Rock Albums
1. The Nice – The Thoughts Of Emerlist DavJack (Immediate 1967)
2. Soft Machine – Volume Two (Probe 1969)
3. Colosseum – Those Who Are About To Die Salute You (Vertigo 1969)
4. Jethro Tull – Stand Up (Reprise 1969)
5. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) (EG 1969)
6. The Pretty Things – Parachute (Harvest 1970)
7. Caravan – In The Land of Grey And Pink (Deram 1971)
8. Atomic Rooster – In Hearing Of (Elektra 1971)
9. Van der Graaf Generator – Pawn Hearts (Charisma 1971)
Submitted by Charles Snider on Thu, 02/23/2017 - 23:34
John Wetton has passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. I had the honor of interviewing him via phone last summer, an interview that will feature prominently in the next edition of the book. Here's the portrait that Plastic Crimewave drew for it and an excerpt from my interview:
John spent the next few years in King Crimson as part of the monster rhythm section with Bill Bruford.
From Can's Facebook page: "It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jaki passed away this morning from sudden pneumonia. He fell asleep peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones. We will miss him hugely."
Today, it was announced that the "Union Tour" lineup of Yes will be inducted this year to the Rock-N-Roll Hall Of Fame. Jon Anderson, Bill Bruford, Steve Howe, Tony Kaye, Trevor Rabin, Chris Squire, Rick Wakeman and Alan White will get the honors, Squire of course, posthumously. No mention of Peter Banks, their original guitarist who also gave the band their name, as well as the Buggle duo of Trevor Horn and Geoff Downes, and keyboardist Patrick Moraz.
Greg Lake lost his battle with cancer yesterday, December 7th, at age 69. RIP, Moonchild.
"Yesterday, December 7th, I lost my best friend to a long and stubborn battle with cancer. Greg Lake will stay in my heart for ever, as he has always been. His family would be grateful for privacy during this time of their grief. Many thanks, Stewart Young"
Submitted by Charles Snider on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 10:02
"Nektar guitarist Roye Albrighton dies after a long illness.
It is with a heavy Heart I have to report that our music brother Roye Albrighton,after a long illness, died last night in Poole Dorset. His organs just gave out on him. He was fighting against the infection that grasped him until he could fight no more.
Submitted by Charles Snider on Wed, 07/27/2016 - 18:03