Where have all the young guitarists gone? And by that I mean: there don't seem to be very many good young guitarists these days--why the hell not?
So many of the guitar- ists who are still playing today and are still considered to be great, were just dusting off their guitar cases back in 1968 (the year that I've been reviewing for several months, and which was one of the most remarkable years for music ever).
On this week's show, I'm going to show you the music of the young guns of 1968--in reverse chronological order: I start with the oldest guys like Jimi Hendrix (age 25), John Cippolina (24, above right), and finish with the youngest of the young: Ted Nugent, who was 19! Inbetween, I'll play creative and unique guitar work of Jeff Beck (23), Ritchie Blackmore (23), Eric Clapton (23, whose 1968 guitar is shown above), Peter Green (21), and Todd Rundgren (20). Read more
It's hard to imagine that these creative soloists were so young. Their playing seemed to feel deeper and richer than their tender years. Which again makes one ask: where are the creative young guns today?
Here's what you'll be hearing.