Ooh, shades of Age Concern RânâB? Fears of getting off on tubby, balding middle-aged music â or worse? Worried about being exposed to real musicians?
Itâs all a bygone era, with an enduring legacy. Then, every successive money spending generation demands something ânewâ and particular to them which they identify with. Good, bad, indifferent or utterly lacking in originality or âclassicâ (for want of a better term) talent is irrelevant. Theyâre what the money men want and they sell, so, they âmustâ be good?
Peter Green was one of those at the cutting edge of British Blues when it was in the ascendancy. There certainly were others, but then at that time there was an unprecedented large pool to evolve from. Quite true in the 60s it was âimpossible to throw a brick down a crowded High Street without hitting a musicianâ. Most probably struggled with three chords, if they got that far, but thatâs not the point.
At least Green penned, and played, some classics which guarantee his immortality. His personal problems are tragic, but by no means unique. Even among the FM originals he arguable faired better than Danny Kirwan who apparently now drifts from street to hostel. Jeremy Spencer never got the breaks or accolade due him â such is the game. But, heâs still playing and sounding doggies do-dahs, so check the net!
A dip into YouTube turned-up http://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=US&v=btgwtqHMFE4
Nice, but, had to do a double take on his accompanist as itâs my good âole âhavenât seen for yearsâ mate, Dave Briggs. Now thereâs another example of an utter top guitarist whoâs dedicated his life to six strings and never reached the fame and fortune deserved â and still reminds me of Harpo
No Peter Green...no Gary Moore? The 1959 Gibson Les Paul Sunburst Guitar, used on Albatross and wrongly repaired by someone, but actually giving it that nasal sound , was sold to Gary, who used it right up until he was forced to sell it for Â£500K , perhaps to pay for a Tour. Green is said to have forgotten that he sold this guitar to Gary.
Know what you mean about YouTube, elovabloke. You start trying some of their related suggestions and find all sorts. Always expect to find various, but can never understand how, why, some embarrass themselves with utter cr@p, which, they're not doing for a larff???
Of curio interest, you know the hammer-on style sometimes used, how about Takakazu Nakamura going full on with both hands (thinks: must have a hell of a good Noise Gate with the gain cranked that high?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajGPuBYkXT0
Have to say I have seen a British classical guitarist I found more impressive as he used both hands equally and simultaneously on a classical guitar to play accompaniment to the melody - just like a piano. Wish I could remember his name?
Good content, sad story unfortunately not unique, appalling sound â question-mark broadcast quality?
Interesting to hear the actual version of âshooting the accountantâ. I remember at the time the âword on the streetâ maintained Green was living in a country house and said accountant was marching up the drive to deliver a cheque for royalties when Green chased him off with an air-rifle because he didnât want any more money? Thatâs Chinese whispers for you.