An Audience With… Jeff Beck

jeffBeckToday is the great Jeff Beck‘s 69th birthday. The legendary guitarist made his name in the 60s playing with the Yardbirds, but cemented himself as one of the all-time greats when he released a string of rock-jazz-blues fusion albums in the 1970s. In this 2010 interview with Uncut, Beck answers questions submitted by fans and peers alike. Great stuff! From the Q&A session with John Lewis:

JL: Dear Jeff, if I knew how you play the guitar, I’d steal everything you do, but I don’t. Can you help me?
John McLaughlin

JB: Oh man, stop there. I can die happy. Johnny McLaughlin has given us so many different facets of the guitar. And introduced thousands of us to world music, by blending Indian music with jazz and classical. I’d say he was the best guitarist alive. When the band I had with Rod Stewart broke up, I was left wondering what to do. While the charts were full of stuff like “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep”, I became aware of this underground music scene. And what hit me right between the eyes was John’s playing on Miles Davis’s A Tribute To Jack Johnson. That changed everything. After that, a new chapter of rock music was formed, with his blistering performances with The Mahavishnu Orchestra and everything else. And John’s been at it ever since. He’s a hard one to keep up with!

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—Peter Blasevick