Guitar legend and Mountain frontman Leslie West dies aged 75

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Guitar legend Leslie West, one of the most influential and original players to emerge from the late ‘60s rock scene, has died at the age of 75.

The news was confirmed by Dean Guitars – which West endorsed – on Facebook, with Dean CEO Evan Rubinson adding, "To a man that I truly loved more than most – the funniest, most honest guy I’ve met."

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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.