#44 May/June 2011

#44: May/June 2011
On the Cover: Steven Stills. Photo by Henry Diltz.


Out from the shadows, into the limelight: Not every Guitar God has his own temple, like Jimi, EC or SRV. Elmore‘s JOE TIRABASSI and JOHN KUROSKI asked well-known artists about important guitarists—some known only in their genre, a few famed for something else, but all with top-shelf chops


Robin the HammerLetter from the trenches: Look right, look left: there’s a great guitar player nearby

Goodbye to guitar great Gary Moore and piano player Pinetop Perkins, a link to the past. Three friends remember

Festival Picks: From Clearwater to Riverbend, catch Trombone Shorty, Warren Haynes, Honeyboy Edwards, and thousands of others in May and June

Kickin’ in Your Stall: Carl Gustafson draws the line between acceptable covers and blasphemy

Influences: Tommy Ramone & David JohansenInfluences: Punk icons David Johansen and Tommy Ramone pushed the envelope and the envelope pushed back. Today, one rocks on while the other does a 180

On The Record: The New York Dolls influenced rock in general, but glam and punk in particular. Now, founding and new members have released their third album in five years, and they rock. Who says you have to grow old gracefully? Amy Speace, Buddy Miller, Hayes Carll with new offerings. And watch out! Forty years of Alligators show up, too

Re.Issues: Vanguard Records releases an under-the-radar collection, one that would make the late Owsley “Bear” Stanley proud—all psychedelia, all the time. Blues Magoos, Simon & Garfunkel, Pearl Jam and others come back, better than ever

Pet Sounds: They say your taste in music stops evolving with your sheepskin. Ali Green reminds us that we don’t go to college just for the keggers

What’d I Say: Jim Hynes is all over the map with the blues: Toronto, Trenton and Tampa, just for starters

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Aretha’s forgotten early years, before she got the Respect she deserves

Also Appearing: Bang Bang Boogaloo is where it’s at! BBB’s devoted to promoting young bands who really rock. Speaking of rocking, Los Lobos and Eric Clapton lit up the Gibson in LA, and Neil Young’s high-profile pals performed his music at Carnegie Hall, plus Springsteen in Asbury Park (where else?). Need more? We got it

Collecting: Arnie Goodman’s 19 must-have guitar albums. Feedback welcome

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