Berklee Virtuoso Al Joseph on His Heavy New Project and Album, 'Hyvmine'

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Al Joseph recalls first getting into heavy metal after being exposed to Living Colour as a five-year-old growing up in Massachusetts. But it wasn’t until later on that he had a true musical awakening. “My dad had a Joe Satriani CD, and it was just the right mood, man,” he recalls. “We were in the Camaro flying down the highway, he popped in Surfing with the Alien, and the rest is history. I just wanted to play like Joe.”

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.