Dear Guitar Hero: Pixies' Joey Santiago discusses his influences, making fun of guitar solos and why he gets "lost" on an SG

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This longtime Pixies guitarist has also shaken things up with the Martinis and Frank Black (aka Black Francis) and has composed scores of soundtracks. At the moment, he’s particularly excited about the Pixies’ new album, Beneath the Eyrie. But what Guitar World readers really wanna know is…

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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.