Drafted into the Red Hot Chili Peppers—his favorite band—at the age of 18, John Frusciante brought with him an economical playing style that was the perfect tonic to Flea’s slap-bass excess. It turned the group’s 1989 effort, Mother’s Milk, from frat rock into something vital and genuinely potent. Behind the incendiary gigs and creative sock wearing, however, a storm was brewing, and after casually knocking out the guitar album of the Nineties with the wah-drenched, funky Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Frusciante slipped into a drug-induced freefall.

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