15 glam rock guitarists from the '70s who defined the decade and beyond

[L-R] Ace Frehley, Johnny Thunders, Mick Ronson and Marc Bolan
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Lipstick-kissed mirrors and glitter-bombed stages defined a decade that schizophrenically straddled the line of a verifiable rock 'n' roll personality crisis.

In the early hours of the '70s, whispers of glitz and glam being delivered via rock music were merely an idea rather than a reality. It wasn't until a few brave souls draped themselves in macabre garb and smeared their sweaty faces with crimson lipstick that the idea materialized into reality.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.