Behind the Curtain: Vinnie Vincent

Behind the Curtain: Vinnie Vincent

Vinnie Vincent is a superhero. Well, in a way. He is part of a great and rare fraternity called the Secret Society of Six-String Supermen or S.S.S.S.S [imagine the sound of a pick sliding down a guitar string]. It is the most exclusive organization in the world—in the history of the world—and there is only […]

Behind the Curtain: Jaco Pastorius

Behind the Curtain: Jaco Pastorius

Maybe the best way of trying to describe who Jaco Pastorius was and my encounter with him back in 1977 right around the release of his first self-titled solo album is by beginning this narrative with an episode guitarist Steve Morse once had with the legendary bass player. This incident illustrates both the peculiarity and […]

Behind the Curtain: Rock and Roll Adventures with Stevie Ray Vaughan

Behind the Curtain: Rock and Roll Adventures with Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Columbia Records complex in Century City is a beehive of activity. The building — made of chrome, polished wood and a thousand windows reflecting sunlight — is composed of offices, archive rooms, cubicles and conference suites. In every corner of the building secretaries, administrators, A&R staff, and promo and marketing people are running around […]

Behind the Curtain: Frustrations and Challenges with Ginger Baker

Behind the Curtain:  Frustrations and Challenges with Ginger Baker

Sometimes, interviews don’t go well. It’s part of the business, and as rock journalist Steve Rosen can attest in his latest Behind the Curtain entry, it happens.  I’m often asked, “What is the worst interview you ever did?” It’s an interesting turn of phrase, because lurking behind the suggestive and intriguing façade of the query […]

Behind the Curtain with Grover Jackson of the Jackson Guitars Empire

Behind the Curtain with Grover Jackson of the Jackson Guitars Empire

Grover Jackson is so much more than someone who simply builds guitars. Grover dreams guitars. Conjures guitars. Grover becomes his guitars. Yes, this probably sounds fanciful, poetic, nostalgic and even a bit hyperbolic. Maybe I say these things because I’ve known this wood whisperer now for 35 years and I’m friends with him and though […]

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