Magnum guitarist and founder Tony Clarkin dies aged 77

Tony Clarkin of Magnum
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British guitarist Tony Clarkin, best known as the founder and songwriter behind hard rock band Magnum has passed away at the age of 77, according to a statement from his family. 

Clarkin founded the group with vocalist Bob Catley in 1972, initially as the house band for the Rum Runner club in Birmingham, UK. He remained the sole songwriter across the entirety of the group’s 22 studio albums, including the band’s commercial zenith, which ran from 1982’s Chase The Dragon through to 1990’s Goodnight LA

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Matt Parker
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Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.