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Wayne Kramer came to prominence as a teenager in 1967 as a co-founder of the Detroit rock group MC5 (Motor City 5), a group known for their powerful live performances and radical left-wing political stance. MC5 broke up amid personality conflicts, drug abuse, and personal problems, which, for Kramer, led to several fallow years, as he battled drug addiction before returning to an active recording and performing schedule in the 1990s.

“Guitar Power” continues this week with host Dweezil Zappa talking with Wayne Kramer from the legendary rock band MC5 about playing with drive, creating an innovative tone, and how he heard the future in the sound of electric guitar. Check out more here about Wayne Kramer


DALLAS, Texas –  The crowd estimates for the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 exceeded 200,000, as people came from all over the country to see and hear Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead. Additionally, they were also treated, many for the first time to Hall of Fame soul singer Otis Redding. It was a historic event when you look at the scale of the show, the names on the bill and the fact that it highlighted the Summer of Love at its apex.

The set list for Hendrix is littered with covers and hits that have stood the test of time. Hendrix opened with Killing Floor a Howlin’ Wolf Cover, then led into Foxy Lady followed by a Bob Dylan cover of Like a Rolling Stone and B.B. Kings’ Rock Me Baby. The back half of the set list was highlighted by The Leaves’ Hey Joe, Can You See Me, The Wind Cries Mary and possibly is most famous song Purple Haze. Every one of these songs at this iconic event was played on Hendrix’s iconic Salt and Pepper Black Fender Stratocaster (shown in photo).

This Stratocaster guitar, an undisputed piece of music history, is expected to sell for $750,000 in Heritage Auction’s special 50th anniversary Summer of Love  celebration June 17th-18th in Beverly Hills, California.

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“This is one of the most important guitars to ever come to auction,” said Garry Shrum, Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “In the pantheon of guitars, only a few have changed music history and Jimi’s Black Strat is one of them. The guitar has been on display for several years in Europe and the United States and now a collector has the chance to add this historic instrument to their private collection.”

Fresh off U.S. exhibitions as well as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the guitar makes its auction debut at Heritage following rigorous authenticity analysis. The Experience Music Project curators conducted a thorough survey of the instrument before it went on show in Seattle and Fender’s own experts have also forensically examined the guitar. The guitar is being offered by a private collector from the U.K.

The guitar was swapped at the last minute before playing Wild Thing and then famously being set on fire. His performance at the Monterey Pop Festival is considered by many to be one of the defining musical performances of the 20thCentury.

“This is also the guitar he played at all of Bill Graham’s San Francisco Fillmore West on that short tour,” Shrum said. “And back in the United Kingdom the week before he was playing this guitar when he opened his Sunday show at the Saville theater.” The guitar opens with a $500,000 bid.

The Salt and Pepper Black Fender Stratocaster retains Hendrix’s upside-down and back-to-front stringing that subtly changed the voice of the new ‘reversed’ bridge pickup. Perfectly preserved is Hendrix’s belt wear on the guitar’s back, visible on footage taken at the Monterey Pop Festival. Hendrix went on to use this instrument on many additional dates, expanding the area of wear.

“Holding this instrument is tantamount to holding a mirror to the zenith of 1960s social and cultural revolution,” Shrum said. “The legendary music of that period would not be possible without Hendrix’s genius and his love for this guitar.”

After the Monterey Pop Festival appearance, Hendrix played this black Stratocaster at shows at the Fillmore West and at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Within a year, Hendrix’s final studio album, Electric Ladyland, hit No. 1 in the United States. “That performance in California,” Shrum added, “led to his first and only No. 1 album.”

Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.


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Porl was part of the original lineup of the Cure, and was in and out of the band until 1994 when he left The Cure to play with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin during the Page and Plant tour of 1995. Porl is also a talented artist website; Porl and designer Andy Vella are the co-founders of Parched Art, which has produced many of the record sleeves found on The Cure albums, many of which Porl drew or painted. Porl has also held his own artwork exhibition “100% Sky”.

Porl officially rejoined the band for a third time in June 2005 and recorded the live DVD, The Cure: Festival 2005 and appeared on their 13th studio album,“4:13 Dream”.He also toured with The Cure for their 2007-2008 4Tour.

The collection up for sale includes guitars, amps, studio/stage equipment, stage clothing, original artwork and other memorabilia. See preview below:

Auction of Guitars, stage equipment, stage clothing, artwork and memorabilia. Saturday 19th May 2012, Omega Auctions, Meadow Mill, Stockport, Official Limited Edition Catalogue for the auction now available

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Behringer set to release a budget Minimoog clone

Affordable music gear company Behringer is planning to release a budget version of the Minimoog Eurorack module, founder Uli Behringer has revealed.

With plans to role out a series of affordable synths, Behringer also defended plans to mimic the iconic Moog synth.

Genuine Minimoog’s, which can sell for well over £3000, remain unaffordable to most musicians and, according to Behringer, their new range is aimed at solving that problem.

“The general rule and the law clearly describe that technology is free for everyone to use, provided it is not protected,” he said . “You may have a different personal view, but that’s how our society and every industry works – again why the law has been designed the way it is.

“In case of the MiniMoog there is no IP (Intellectual Property) involved as the technology is more than 40 years old and all patents have long expired. As a result, the property is now in the public domain, free for everyone to use. Without this principle there would only be one car or synthesizer manufacturer in the world.


“String Theory” is a web series from Ernie Ball that explores the sonic origins of some of music’s most innovative players. In this episode Ernie Ball of the series, artist and guitarist for influential rock band Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis

The Dinosaur Jr frontman/guitar hero J Mascis is talking about how he first gravitated towards guitar playing, and how it’s his main form of musical expression today.
“Guitar playing to me is, like, my main musical expression these days. Playing leads especially, I really can convey what I’m feeling in that moment. Singing, a lot of times, I don’t improvise. I’ll just sing the same thing and play the same chords. But solos are always different. They’re always me expressing myself at that moment, which is my favorite part of playing,” J says in his usual deadpan.

He also mentions why he started using Ernie Ball strings: “I remember seeing Ernie Ball strings in the store as a kid. The graphics and the way they wrote all the letters and stuff, it appealed to my more psychedelic side. And they just looked like strings for making rock music.” The video also has several clips of J soloing, which is reason enough to watch.

The Gear of The Eagles

Formed in 1971 and continuing 44 years to this day, the Eagles have solidified their place in the rock and roll history. With six Grammy awards, five American Music Awards, five No. 1 singles, six No. 1 albums and more than 150 million albums sold, the Eagles have had their share of fortune and fame. They’ve also experienced the pitfalls of success, including several lineup changes over the years.

Unlike many bands, however, each member of the Eagles had a distinct personality, a tale to tell, and a sturdy presence on and offstage. As with all musicians, the members of the Eagles changed and continue to change the equipment they use. While it would be impossible to include every single piece of gear they used, we’ve tried to hone in on the core of their sounds and offer the best list possible from the major active periods in the group’s history.

Bernie Leadon’s Guitars & Amps

Bernie Leadon primarily played a brown Fender Telecaster with a B-bender. The guitar has an interesting history; it started as an early ‘60s Tele with a white body and rosewood fretboard. Dave Evans, now of Evans Pull String Guitars, installed a B-Bender, and it was refinished by pedal steel guitar player Red Rhodes to have the natural brown look. The neck pickup was also a full-size humbucker. Leadon used the Tele in this configuration for the first two Eagles albums.

Around the time Don Felder joined in 1974, Leadon bought a ’53 Telecaster with a maple neck and different electronics. He then transferred the neck and electronics into the ‘60s B-bender body and played it in that configuration for the duration of his stay with the group.

Leadon also plays Martin dreadnought acoustics, and on “Witchy Woman,” a tobacco burst Les Paul with mini-humbuckers.

During the current History of the Eagles tour, he keeps with a B-bender Telecaster and brings out the Les Paul for “Witchy Woman.” Currently, he also plays a Huber VRB-75 banjo.

Leadon used a variety of Fender Deluxe Reverbs and Tweed Deluxes.


We Found Joe Walsh’s Best Guitar Solo EVER And It Will Give You Chills | Society Of Rock Videos

Before Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon as an Eagle in 1975, he was making beautiful things happen like these 3 insane guitar solos during this legendary “Turn To Stone” performance in ’72.
We know that Joe was definitely one of the best Eagles but this performance just reveals a completely different and almost transcendent level of Walsh that most fans have unfortunately not seen…

“And you know its getting stronger, it can’t last very much longer…Turn to stone…”

The lyrics depict an inevitable end to all that we know is true with the signature phrase “everything turns to stone” as the main catch phrase of the song.

As you gaze upon the frustrated yet exhilarated face of Joe Walsh during the performance, you can see the passion behind his eyes and lyrics while he shreds some of the best guitar work we have ever seen.
Interesting Fact: Joe Walsh’s oldest daughter, Emma Kristen, died tragically at the age of 3. She died of injuries suffered in a car accident on the way to daycare. Walsh wrote a song for her called “Song for Emma” and released it on his album So What in 1974.

Joe Walsh’s solos and musical commitment in this absolutely stunning performance will have some type of effect on you as you, like we all do, eventually “Turn to Stone” … This will take your breath away, we promise.