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Stevie Ray Vaughan Opens Up in His First Guitar World Interview from 1984

In an age where musical tastes are being shaped by technological innovations, where sensibilities are being assaulted by arsenals of Linn drums and Fairlights and Mini Moogs, it's downright refreshing to see someone playing straight from the gut again.

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour Discusses His Technique and Gear in 1988 Guitar World Interview

It's 2010. A joint Soviet-American space mission has successfully established a sprawling colony of settlers on the moon. The two dozen cosmonauts, astronauts, scientists and assorted astronomers have been living in peace and harmony for nearly a year.

Dave Navarro of Jane's Addiction Discusses Technique and Influences in 1991 Guitar World Interview

With a provocative cover graphic -- Siamese twins, naked, seated in a double rocking chair with their hair on fire-and hard-edged , uncompromising music characterized by blunt imagery and subversive thrash tones, the 1988 album Nothings Shocking established Jane's Addiction as the new darlings of Art Rock.

Robert Cray Discusses Albert Collins, Gear and His New Album in 1989 Guitar World Interview

No, he can't squeeze strings like Albert King or Albert Collins. And he doesn't have the grit of an Otis Rush or Lowell Fulson. He's got a great voice, but it's not in the same league with all-time greats like B.B. King or Big Joe Turner or Wynonie Harris.

Carlos Santana Opens Up About Blues, Jazz and More in 1988 Guitar World Interview

“I know I’m not the kind of person who’s gonna wind up a walking jukebox, like many rock ‘n’ roll artists,” says Carlos Santana. “They just play their hits and that’s it. That doesn’t appeal to me. I don’t wanna just go out and play ‘Black Magic Woman’ and ‘Oye Como Va’ all night because that was part of the seventies, and my watch says it’s 1988. So I wanna get into ’88 and not look back.”

A Focused Stevie Ray Vaughan Comes Clean in 1988 Guitar World Interview

Stevie Ray strides into the room, looking sharp, as usual. He’s sporting his signature snakeskin boots, a grey Late Night With David Letterman T-shirt tucked into his blue jeans and a cool black denim jacket over that with the face of Dr. Martin Luther King boldly emblazoned across the back.

Steve Vai Discusses Joe Satriani, Frank Zappa and Ry Cooder in 1987 Guitar World Interview

Steve Vai's career, thus far, has been a series of one hard act to follow after another. First, he replaced Adrian Belew as the resident wang-bar king in Frank Zappa's band. Next, he replaced the incredible Yngwie Malmsteen in Alcatrazz. And now, as the lone guitarist in David Lee Roth's band, he has the dubious distinction of being compared to Eddie Van Halen, at least in the mind of the public.

K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest Talk Gear in 1984 Guitar World Interview

K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton have paid their dues. Their humbucking heavy metal is now playing at the top of the charts after years of slogging the road.