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Book Review: Alex Chilton — the Ultimate Cult King of Rock and Roll

After Chilton left the Box Tops, he formed Big Star, a legendary cult band who many consider to be Ground Zero for American “power pop,” the melody-driven sub-genre that has been a staple of indie rock for decades. The irony is that despite the group’s fantastic songs and jangly guitar arrangements, Big Star never became big stars.

Book Review: Kiss’ Paul Stanley Lets It All Hang Loose in Autobiography

It’s no insult to the band to say that Kiss have always been about window dressing. That’s why Paul Stanley’s new autobiography, Face The Music: A Life Exposed, comes as such a surprise. After years of carefully maintaining his Starchild superhero identity, Stanley lets down his guard and unleashes a torrent of pent-up feelings that erupt and flow over 400 pages like molten lava.

Book Review: 'One Way Out: The Inside History of The Allman Brothers Band'

The Allman Brothers Band was largely Duane’s conception, and it was his unflagging energy and incredible guitar playing that drove them to mesmerizing heights as they blended rock, jazz, blues and country in new and exciting ways. Unfortunately, the guitarist was killed in a motorcycle accident in October of ’71 just as the band was achieving large-scale commercial recognition.

Book Review: 'Kansas City Lightning — The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker'

Charlie “Bird” Parker is another “shredder” from the past worth investigating. Parker flamed out way too soon in 1955, but his shadow still looms large on the contemporary jazz landscape. Jazz writer Stanley Crouch spent the last 20 years researching this amazing figure, and captures him in all of his high-flying glory in Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker.

Guitar World Staff Picks: Brad Tolinski's Top 10 Albums of 2013

I know thinking about the state of music in 2013 certainly hasn’t helped my state of mind. Bad pop is so pervasive in our culture that even if you want to avoid cornball showbiz garbage like Miley Cyrus, The Voice, Imagine Dragons and the preposterously pitch-corrected mewlings of Katy Perry, it’s damn near impossible.

Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor Pay Tribute to Bluesman Jimmy Reed in New York City

While it was rumored that Keith Richards was going to make a surprise appearance, Rolling Stones guitarists Ronnie Wood and Mick Taylor demonstrated that they were perfectly fine without him as they ripped through over an hour of gritty blues at an 11 p.m. show at the Cutting Room in New York City Saturday night.

Power Trio: Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor and Ben Weinman — the Ultimate Prog Roundtable

They started like most of us, playing power chords, Nirvana and Metallica. So how exactly did Ben Weinman of the Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals as Leaders’ Tosin Abasi and Periphery’s Misha Mansoor become such damned good guitarists?

Pure Magic: Discovering Bluesman Mike Bloomfield

In the current issue of Guitar World magazine (March 2013), we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s revolutionary debut album, Texas Flood. But while SRV is on our cover, another bluesman has been occupying my mind.

Guitar World Staff Picks: Brad Tolinski's Top 10 Albums of 2012

Usually, this is where I bitch about the horrible state of the music industry and what slim pickings there are for true guitar hounds … but this year was actually jolly good fun. A lot of veterans stepped up to the plate (Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, Edward Van Halen), and so did a few new, impressive hot shots (Periphery, Gary Clark Jr., HAARP Machine).

Interview: Kirk Hammett Discusses Metallica's 'Death Magnetic'

Kirk Hammett is wired and tired. It’s evening in Los Angeles, and in approximately one hour, Metallica will hit the stage of the Wiltern Theater to raise money for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, a nonprofit music school for low-income students. While Hammett is psyched to be playing for this great cause, there is no denying that, at the moment, he’s draggin’ ass.