Guitar Heroes of the '70s Features Clapton, Hendrix, Beck, Page and More
Guitar Player Presents: Guitar Heroes of the '70s also features interviews with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Bonnie Raitt, Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, Michael Bloomfield, Ry Cooder, Tony Iommi, Mick Ronson, Ron Wood, Joe Walsh, David Gilmour, Randy Bachman, Brian May, Carlos Santana, Frank Zappa, and many other artists.
This is the third volume in Backbeat's popular Guitar Player Presents series, following Guitar Player Presents: Clapton, Beck, Page and Guitar Player Presents: Carlos Santana.
Every article originally appeared in the 1970s when these young guns were in the midst of conjuring world-changing guitar sounds, riffs, and solos. In an interview right after the release of Who's Next, Pete Townshend discussed what he considered "the finest guitar I've ever owned," which he played on every track on that album. Taking time out from a North American tour, Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore explained why playing with a big amplifier is like "like trying to control an elephant." In his Marin County living room, Jerry Garcia revealed that he's "always changing and updating" his axe, seeking "a kind of universal guitar—something that will sound like anything I want it to." And in an interview from 1974, Peter Frampton described in detail the heavily modified black Les Paul he considered his "pride and joy"—a guitar that would become iconic with the release of Frampton Comes Alive two years later.