Photo Gallery: Guitar World Magazine Covers Through the Years — 1980
The year 1980 saw the United States hockey team beat the Soviets for Olympic gold, the tragic death of John Lennon, the release of AC/DC's epic Back in Black album and the launch of a relatively small New York publisher's guitar-enthusiast magazine called Guitar World.
Although the magazine -- which, back then, was published every other month -- focused primarily on jazz, country, fusion and blues, it didn't take very long to attract a multitude of followers from all different styles who had few other literary resources to turn to.
Our first cover star? Johnny Winter -- "Rockin' Better Than Ever!"
JULY 1980: Johnny Winter graces the cover of Guitar World's premiere issue. Additional stories include an interview with then-rising rocker George Thorogood and a list of the 50 best guitar records ever made.
SEPTEMBER 1980: Pat Metheny was a jazz wunderkind when he first appeared in Guitar World. The second issue also featured Joe Perry's thoughts on leaving Aerosmith and the songwriting tricks of Kenny Loggins .
NOVEMBER 1980: In line with the first two issues, Guitar World's last publication of 1980 continued its jazz-blues theme, featuring young fusion player Al DiMeola.