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Dear Guitar Hero: Vernon Reid

His band was discovered by Mick Jagger, he wrote one of the biggest rock songs in history, and he even founded the Black Rock Coalition. But what Guitar World readers really want to know is…   What led to the writing and recording of “Cult of Personality,” and how do you feel about the fact that the song continues to be a radio staple and is a big part of the Guitar Hero video game franchise? ... …

Born to Burn: Vernon Reid

    Born to Burn: Why I Play Guitar Originally printed in Guitar World, October 1992 Vernon Reid “As you grow, you begin to think: What got me to this point? What made me do all this? I always felt out of place, and my sense of being an outsider was much more fundamental than being an outsider because I was black. I was born in England, and was brought to America as a baby — and that alone... …

101 Amazing Licks - Lick 44

We all know a great lick when we hear one—Jimmy Page’s solo breaks in “Whole Lotta Love” and Mark Knopfler’s blistering triads in “Sultans of Swing,” for example. Moments like these grab your attention and aurally brand your ears forever. Or, sometimes it acts more subliminally: You suddenly find yourself playing a certain lick over and over again, wondering, Where have I heard this before? ... …