Nine Questions (and Answers!) with Ihsahn

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What influenced you to pick up a guitar?

I started out on piano when I was six or seven. But all along I was picking my parents’ acoustic guitar that they had lying around. I guess it fascinated me. I think I got my first electric guitar when I was 10, at more or less the same time I bought Kiss’ Rock and Roll Over. But I don’t think there was one particular song or band that made me go for the guitar. It was just my kind of craving to write rock music.

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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.