Guitar Player Magazine Issue FEB 21 Ritchie Blackmore Brian May Pete Townshend

The ultimate Guitarists of Hard Rock issue is here, as Guitar Player's readers pick 40 of the greatest players from the past 70 years of rock music. From Jeff Beck and Jimi Hendrix to Brian May and Ace Frehley to Eddie Van Halen and Warren DeMartini and beyond — this issue explores the greatest players behind the hard-rock genre. We start by taking you inside the making of 'In Rock,' Deep Purple Mark II's groundbreaking album, on which Ritchie Blackmore raised the bar for hard-rock guitar performance. Ritchie and other members of the group describe how the band remade itself after attempting a more pop-rock sound in the late 1960s, and reveal what went into the making of this classic album from 50 years back. Michael Schenker discusses his latest album and the state of his relationship with brother Rudolf, while Soundgarden's Kim Thayil reveals the stories behind six songs that shaped his career. Elsewhere, Grand Funk Railroad's Mark Farner discusses the band's breakout success in the early 1970s when they sold out Shea Stadium in less time than the Beatles. He recounts the making of hits like "Closer to Home" and "We're an American Band," and explains his unusual choice of gear. To that end, our Aficionado section goes in deep with West Amplifiers, the small Michigan company that made Grand Funk's amps and nearly became a major player in the national market. We also include an in-deep lesson in the stylings of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' John Frusciante with a look at his work on the group's 1991 breakout, Blood Sugar Sex Majik. it's all here, along with the latest gear. 

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