Bert Jansch RIP

(Gibson) Bert Jansch, one of the most influential British guitarists of modern times, has died at the age of 67. Jansch passed away in the early hours October 5 after a long battle with cancer.

Jansch, born in Scotland of German parentage, was never a mainstream star. He never had big hit records, even when with pioneering U.K. folk-rock group Pentangle. But Jansch was a "guitarist's guitarist". Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Paul Simon, the Smiths' Johnny Marr and Suede's Bernard Butler were just a few who revelled in Jansch's complex fingerstyle playing.

Led Zeppelin's "Black Mountain Side" is a near-copy of Jansch's guitar arrangement of traditional tune "Black Waterside". more on this story

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