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Classic Rock May 2021

Every month Classic Rock is packed with exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes features on rock’s biggest names, from Led Zeppelin to Deep Purple, from Guns N’ Roses to the Rolling Stones, from the Sex Pistols to AC/DC and beyond. Each issue plays host to the heftiest rock reviews section on the planet. In an average issue, you’ll find over 150 albums reviewed, all from the ever-varied, multi-faceted world of rock - whether it’s hard rock or heavy metal, prog or punk, goth rock or southern rock, we’ve got it covered.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

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Where would rock’n’roll be without guitarists, eh? Answer: nowhere – there’d be no flippin’ rock’n’roll. This month we take a look at some of the sonic architects without whom the musical landscape would look (and sound) a helluva lot different. Join us in our deep dive (starting on p25) celebrating many of the players who don’t always get the love and attention they deserve. On a different note, hopefully by the time you read this we might be starting to come out from under the lockdown cosh and back into the world. But I thought I’d mention that should you not yet be venturing to the shops; don’t forget that you can get Classic Rock delivered direct to your door (and grab a gift and save yourself some cash while you’re…

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this month’s contributors

PAUL HENDERSON Paul has been CR’s production editor since 2001. When not complaining about missing hyphens or… anything, he bangs on about the sound of Ginger Baker’s drums, and tells stories such as auditioning for Sigue Sigue Sputnik, being covered in (real) shit on a boat mid-Atlantic, and appearing in panto with Ronnie Biggs. This issue he writes about guitarists for our cover feature (p25). BILL DeMAIN In quarantine, journalist-muso Bill DeMain contributed to Go Further, an upcoming collection of essays on power-pop (out May 18, Rare Bird Lit). He’s also become an avid bird watcher and bird maker. For info about his line of Oddbirds cards and prints, visit www.instagram.com/oddbirds1 This month he spoke to Nancy Wilson for us, and wrote about the overlooked guitar genius of Joni Mitchell. POLLY GLASS Our features ed…

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rock rules the top 20 again

HERE’S ONE IN the eye for those who bang on and on about rock and guitar music being dead – one of those being Kiss’s Gene Simmons, who earlier this year repeated the often-spouted claim that “new bands haven’t taken the time to create glamour, excitement and epic stuff”. He cites Foo Fighters as an exception to the rule, but points out that Dave Grohl and company are “a twenty-year-old band”. This week’s national UK album chart (week of March5-11) suggests that Simmons’s claim about rock being dead is standing on very thin ice: up there in the No.1 spot are Brighton-based metalcore band Architects with their ninth release, For Those That Wish To Exist. Yes, a British heavy metal band has topped the albums chart. And Architects are not the…

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Bunny Wailer April 10, 1947 – March 2, 2021 The last surviving original member of Bob Marley’s Wailers, Bunny Wailer, has succumbed to a stroke. Born Neville Livingston in Kingston, Jamaica, the singer, writer and percussionist won three Grammys during his 73-year lifetime. Rupert Neve July 31, 1926 – February 12, 2021 Once referred to as the Steve Jobs of the audio world, British-born Rupert Neve had an illustrious career, and yet the inventor of the Neve recording console remained an unsung hero of the industry. 94 years old at the time of his death due to pneumonia and heart failure, Neve’s contribution to music was monumental. Elliot Mazer September 6, 1941 – February 7, 2021 The long serving producer of Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Santana and the Band among others has died of…

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chick corea

June 12, 1941 – February 9, 2021 THE VIRTUOSO JAZZ fusion keyboard player who was a member of Miles Davis’ band during the late 1960s and went on to form Return To Forever has died of a rare form of recently discovered cancer at the age of 79. Born Armando Anthony Corea (the nickname came from an aunt who pinched his cheeks and called him ‘Cheeky’ in childhood days), he grew up near Boston. During the 1960s Corea worked with jazz musicians such as Stan Getz and Herbie Mann before joining Miles Davis. His 1972 album Return To Forever morphed into the band of the same name. Their classic line-up was reunited for a world tour in 2008. Known for his ability to improvise, Corea was the fourth most nominated musician in Grammy…

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chris barber

A SIGNIFICANT FIGURE in the music scene of the 1940s, 50s, 60s and beyond, bandleader and trombonist Chris Barber has passed away at the age of 90. He had been suffering from dementia. Barber was an influential musician who linked New Orleans jazz with blues, rock’n’roll and R&B, his role in the skiffle movement bringing blues artists to British audiences during the 1950s and 60s. “Without Chris Barber,” Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman once observed, “the Stones and the Beatles would not be where they are now.” In 1991, he was awarded an OBE for services to music. Born in in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, Barber formed his first band in London following the Second World War. He collaborated with many of music’s biggest names, such as Muddy Waters and Mark Knopfler…