Lemmy: "I always wanted to be John Entwistle, but since that place was taken, I became a lesser version"

Lemmy performs live with Motörhead
(Image credit: Future)

Although the world is full of fearsomely talented bass players, few are as seasoned, as opinionated or as unlikely to compromise as Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister.

A genuinely unique character whose taste for Jack Daniels and amphetamines is only equaled by his love for The Beatles, the Ramones and classic rock ’n’ roll, Lemmy has survived four decades in the music business and knows a thing or two about his instrument by now. Brace yourself.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.