Joan Jett: the Melody Maker

Joan Jett is a rock and roll baddass. She’s raw, unadulterated, kick you in the teeth, pull your shirt over your head and pound you into oblivion rock and roll any way you slice her. But they call her a punk, the Godmother of Punk actually but simultaneously, she’s the Queen of Rock and Roll. […]

Yngwie J. Malmsteen: The Duck

I’ll be honest, when I first heard Yngwie (pronounced ING-vay) I thought someone was playing a rock guitar album too fast (I had a similar reaction to Paul Gilbert as well). Seriously, it seemed physically impossible to have such speed and fluidity. I listened to that first album by Lars Johan Yngve Lannerbäck in the […]

Eddie Van Halen: Frankenstrat

It was 1978, Jimmy Carter was president, Elvis had been dead a year and “Help us Obi-Wan, you are our only hope” was echoing in our ears. Guitarists in the US were struggling to find an identity in the wash of punk, weak 70s rock, Led Zeppelin, and new wave all mixed together. Bands like the Clash, […]