BILL ME LATER
I do hope that the Bill Nelson interview in the Jan 2012 edition of Guitar & Bass has encouraged younger readers to look him up on Youtube and listen to Be Bop Deluxe. This guy deserves to be heard more – what a fantastic guitarist.
By the way, I was amused that his fan remarked about him ageing. I recall when I saw Bill a couple of years ago, my first thought was that he didn’t look like that cool bloke from the 1970s. But then again, nether do any of us who are lucky enough to have made it this far! Mick Sleight via email
We’re can only hope that your wish becomes true, Mick. As big fans of Bill Nelson, we want young and old from around the globe to appreciate his playing and songwriting. He’s not been one for pushing himself forward as a ‘brand’, and at various points he’s been quite reticent about revisiting some of his earlier work. Given that we’ve long waved goodbye to the days when we were young, gifted and impossibly good-looking, we wouldn’t criticise anyone for not looking the same as they did a few decades ago. There’s plenty of things that true musical visionaries like Bill
Nelson can defeat, but Old Father Time ain’t one of them (although there does seem to be an increasing amount of guitar players who look like they’ve gone under the knife). If we were that kind of magazine, we’d ask you to send in any salacious gossip/ evidence regarding guitar players who’ve had cosmetic surgery. However, we aren’t, so we won’t.
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Les Paul: picking into his 90s
WHEN I’M SIXTY-SEVEN In reply to Tom Overs’ ‘When I’m 64’ in the January issue of G&B, I too love playing the guitar – but just for myself. Each evening I go into my music room and have a daily quota of twanging, be it the Shadows or Quo or music from Creedence Clearwater Revival to Tom Petty. Even though I have retired and am approaching my 67th birthday, I still love playing the guitar.
Keith Edwards via email
G&B Good man, Keith, for ignoring society’s stereotypes. It’s good to know that there are people out there who haven’t let the guitar fire die out, regardless of what’s on their birth certificate. We’re actually starting to think we should start a search for the oldest living guitar player. If you think you qualify, or know somebody who does, let us know. Be honest, mind – if you claim to be 103 we will insist on some kind of verification.
WINTER WONDERLAND Re: your Johnny Winter interview in the Nov 11 issue. I realise that it’s been many years since Jimi walked this earth, and we all know who he was and what he represents to us as a musician. Johnny must have forgotten when Jimi and himself went into the Record Plant Studios in New York so that Jimi could watch Johnny play that bottleneck like no other. They did have the tapes rolling, with no mention of Jim Morrison around. Jimi was fascinated with the old bottleneck blues style, as quoted by Johnny in a magazine article taken by Roy Carr. Apparently they did know each other and admired one another’s talent. I have an extensive scrapbook with this article and have been a Hendrix/Winter fan forever.
David Dutton USA
G&B The quote from Johnny Winter in our little sidebar in the article refers to a 1968 bootleg recording that Hendrix, Winter and Morrison all appear on. We think that in this instance, probably because he’s answered the question more than a few times in his life, Johnny was being a bit facetious. He doesn’t seem to ever waiver in denying ever meeting Morrison or appearing on the bootleg; however, as you say, he has talked about meeting and recording with Hendrix in other interviews. We apologise for any confusion, and hope this clears things up… well, as much as these things can be, anyway.
8 Guitar & Bass FEBRUARY 2012