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(Vulture)   One of prog-rock's greatest guitar virtuosos has died. No, not that one. Not that one, either   ( vulture.com) divider line
    More: Sad, Allan Holdsworth, Louise Holdsworth, bassist John Wetton, self-titled debut album, Bill Bruford, Eddie Van Halen, King Crimson singer, dozen solo albums  
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2017-04-16 11:49:23 PM  
Love his music. Was listening to Soft Machine last night.
 
2017-04-16 11:50:44 PM  
SynthAxe?

A keytar wasn't stupid enough?
 
2017-04-17 12:20:01 AM  
Goddamnit.

Apparently, his family is doing a GoFundMe to afford a funeral for him. One of the great guitarists of all time and his family can't afford his funeral expenses.
 
2017-04-17 12:21:24 AM  
Link to said GoFundMe.
 
2017-04-17 12:22:40 AM  
Could he play Stairway?
 
2017-04-17 12:53:32 AM  

TheSwizz: Could he play Stairway?


Denied.
 
2017-04-17 01:18:22 AM  

RIP Rick Nielson


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2017-04-17 01:59:33 AM  
Allan Holdsworth & Bill Bruford,Jeff Berlin,Dave Stewart-Sahara Of Snow
Youtube S4cTA6D6Jk8
 
2017-04-17 02:05:17 AM  

GypsyJoker: Link to said GoFundMe.


Thanks for providing the link. I just gave a few bucks. Allan was/is a goddam legend. Was so hoping when I clicked this link it wasn't him.

RIP
 
2017-04-17 05:37:53 AM  
Damn. I saw him with Bill Bruford and John Wetton as U.K., in Seattle's Paramount Theater, in about 1978. Anyone else see that tour?

That first album was brilliant.
 
2017-04-17 06:30:47 AM  

GypsyJoker: Link to said GoFundMe.


Donated.  Holdsworth was a legend.
 
2017-04-17 06:46:13 AM  
Holdsworth's career began in the 1970s, when he played with various jazz-fusion and progressive-rock bands, including Soft Machine and Tempest. He was an early member of U.K., a British supergroup founded by Yes drummer Bill Bruford and King Crimson singer and bassist John Wetton


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2017-04-17 07:23:53 AM  

GypsyJoker: Goddamnit.

Apparently, his family is doing a GoFundMe to afford a funeral for him. One of the great guitarists of all time and his family can't afford his funeral expenses.


Unfortunately, in a capitalist society being able to manage money is more important than being talented at something.
 
2017-04-17 09:09:55 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: GypsyJoker: Goddamnit.

Apparently, his family is doing a GoFundMe to afford a funeral for him. One of the great guitarists of all time and his family can't afford his funeral expenses.

Unfortunately, in a capitalist society being able to manage money is more important than being talented at something.


So, you subscribe to the labor theory of value, despite the fact that it has no basis in reality whatsoever?
 
2017-04-17 09:42:27 AM  
Holy shiat.

Possibly the best guitarist ever. Carvin doesn't even have a memorial up, and they've been making his signature series for years.

This is sad.
 
2017-04-17 10:27:21 AM  
I was lucky enough to see Holdsworth a bunch of times, though I didn't like the synth-axe era much, it was pretty incredible to see him play it in a small room. The first UK album and first 2 Bruford records still sound fantastic.
 
2017-04-17 10:36:34 AM  
tumeni notes
 
2017-04-17 11:48:59 AM  
........weird.  the new Vintage Guitar (chck berry on the cover) just came in a few days ago, and there's a piece on Holdsworth, something abouta  new box set or some such.  I'm not a prog guy much at all, but I knew his name and reputation.  and on twitter a lot of cats i respect are offering their condolences.

our heroes ain't getting younger.....
 
2017-04-17 12:00:22 PM  
I am hearing tons of Frank Zappa inspiring licks on the linked video from the article.  I has a sad now
 
2017-04-17 12:10:04 PM  
Shiatty news.
 
2017-04-17 01:17:08 PM  
I was lucky enough to see him in a small room (the original Chuy's Choo Choo in Tempe AZ) in the late 70s/early 80s.  Life-changing for me.

RIP Mr. Holdsworth.
 
2017-04-17 01:17:22 PM  
This sucks.  The fact that they're having to GoFundMe a freaking funeral for Alan godamn Holdsworth is terrible.

/ See also: Shawn Lane.
 
2017-04-17 01:19:10 PM  
Tony Williams Lifetime - Fred
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2017-04-17 01:39:14 PM  
don't want to be a thread shiatter, but,
listened to UK's debut album with him on it. Didn't think he was anything special, per se, bordered on annoying. I guess I just didn't "get" his style. 

he was in soft machine? like late 60's/early 70s classic soft machine or mid 70s iffy soft machine?

/headline had me worried it was Steve Hillage :(
 
2017-04-17 02:17:46 PM  
sorry, but WHO?
 
2017-04-17 02:57:03 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: don't want to be a thread shiatter, but,
listened to UK's debut album with him on it. Didn't think he was anything special, per se, bordered on annoying. I guess I just didn't "get" his style.
he was in soft machine? like late 60's/early 70s classic soft machine or mid 70s iffy soft machine?

/headline had me worried it was Steve Hillage :(


Well, he's pretty universally considered one of the most influential guitarists of the 70's, so yeah, he really was something special.
 
2017-04-17 03:24:15 PM  
Ok, definitely not "easy listening". But any guitarist would've thought "what was THAT?!?!?" upon first hearing, and when finding out it was mere mortal, reacted much the same way Al Dimeola did the first time (read Bill Bruford's autobio for the story). You just shook your head and looked at your own fingers like "You slugs."

Always stretching, always pushing, never satisfied. Yes we lost a prog-rog virtuoso, we also lost someone who pushed music pretty far, as well as influenced the guitar players that other guitar players worship. When John McLaughlin wants to steal your licks, but can't 'cuz they're that weird...you can only be Allan Holdsworth.
 
2017-04-17 04:44:51 PM  
Ah, that's a bummer. Saw him about a decade ago with Robert Fripp and Ronnie Montrose. Very cool show.
 
2017-04-17 04:52:21 PM  

mephisto6: Ah, that's a bummer. Saw him about a decade ago with Robert Fripp and Ronnie Montrose. Very cool show.


That is an odd line up to be sure.
 
2017-04-17 05:17:37 PM  

drewogatory: mephisto6: Ah, that's a bummer. Saw him about a decade ago with Robert Fripp and Ronnie Montrose. Very cool show.

That is an odd line up to be sure.


It was (especially work Montrose sandwiched in the middle of that lineup), but the setting was right: mid-sized club with a really tight sound. So i was like, "Hell yeah I'll go see some middle aged guitar gods."
 
2017-04-17 05:27:37 PM  

GypsyJoker: Goddamnit.

Apparently, his family is doing a GoFundMe to afford a funeral for him. One of the great guitarists of all time and his family can't afford his funeral expenses.


They might be able to, but are not possibly.

He and his wife divorced not too long ago.  According to records she got his studio.

Now, to be fair, that's a terrible trade.  The studio is a tool for making money.  No, he didn't make commercially huge records but taking provenance away from it shows an incredible lack of vision in regards to capitalizing on the situation.

Fine.  You hate each other.  But that studio is all about potential income which she was entitled to.
 
2017-04-17 06:47:13 PM  
One of the most impressive sets of guitar works ever recorded:
Truth in Shredding

/Sad
//Time to have an obscure micro-brew in his memory...
 
2017-04-17 07:28:29 PM  
Such an amazing ability to string odd intervals into something so smooth and melodic.  I was lucky enough to see him several times during grad school in a small, intimate venue- without the wife of course.  Just wonderful.  (The concert part, not the "no wife" part).

Thank you Allan and cheers mate.
 
2017-04-17 10:10:50 PM  
I remember reading about Allan Holds worth in Guitar Player magazine in the 80's, and all these great guitarists claiming they owe them playing guitar to him.  Eddie Van Halen said Allan was his hero.

So, there's no Internet yet, so the next time I'm in a metro area record store, I picked up 3-4 albums.  Dreading the long drive from DC to lower slower Delaware to hear these gems.

I don't get it!  It's like the man jams every guitar chord known and uknown into every song.  It's like going to Guitar Center on jazz day with everyone playing at the same time.

He had gotten in financial problems and pawned his guitars.  I remember someone famous bought some back for him.

Anyway, no doubt he knows the fretboard and loves those diminised and augmented chords, but his songs didn't connect with me like it did with others.
 
2017-04-17 10:54:14 PM  

loral: I remember reading about Allan Holds worth in Guitar Player magazine in the 80's, and all these great guitarists claiming they owe them playing guitar to him.  Eddie Van Halen said Allan was his hero.

So, there's no Internet yet, so the next time I'm in a metro area record store, I picked up 3-4 albums.  Dreading the long drive from DC to lower slower Delaware to hear these gems.

I don't get it!  It's like the man jams every guitar chord known and uknown into every song.  It's like going to Guitar Center on jazz day with everyone playing at the same time.

He had gotten in financial problems and pawned his guitars.  I remember someone famous bought some back for him.

Anyway, no doubt he knows the fretboard and loves those diminised and augmented chords, but his songs didn't connect with me like it did with others.


It is an acquired taste and I don't blame anyone for not "getting it" on the first go around.  His music is very complex and it helps to appreciate it if you have a musical background yourself.  But trust me (30-year guitarist) and all the other musicians who swooned over him - he was genuinely special and unique.  Utterly groundbreaking - he literally made the impossible sound possible (and yet you'd go and try to do it for yourself and find that it may as well be impossible).  And all that "weird" stuff you heard wasn't just weird for the sake of being weird, it actually makes sense, at least in the context of what he was trying to do.  It's not just random noise, it's a musical system he created for himself for his own unique brand of expression (there are multiple books and videos on this topic).  And, it's not just the ridiculous technique - all those speed runs again made total sense and were musical, in a way most shredders aren't.  He didn't just run through fast scales, sequences and arpeggios, he created complicated musical phrases that were equally fascinating whether they were played slow or fast.  And when he did come around to playing fast, he was faster than anyone.  He could play lines so quickly and smoothly it sounded just like one long descending/ascending note.  If you play guitar and you listen to him play, you don't hear "patterns" and "boxes" like you do with most guitarists.  It's more comparable to hearing a saxophone - which is exactly what he was trying to sound like while playing the electric guitar.  He never wanted to play cliche guitar lines, he always wanted his lines to sound like they could have been played by a brass or winds player.  Mission accomplished, at a higher level than anyone might have thought imaginable.

It took me a while to "get it".  If you care to, just give it more chances and maybe it will click with you too.  I don't play anything like him - I can't! - but I took a lot of inspiration from his harmonic and melodic choices, and I always strive to make my playing sound as organic and naturally-flowing as his.  Really sad to hear of his passing, he is one of my heroes.  So glad for the large and extensive catalog he's left behind.
 
2017-04-17 11:09:22 PM  

loral: I remember reading about Allan Holds worth in Guitar Player magazine in the 80's, and all these great guitarists claiming they owe them playing guitar to him.  Eddie Van Halen said Allan was his hero.

So, there's no Internet yet, so the next time I'm in a metro area record store, I picked up 3-4 albums.  Dreading the long drive from DC to lower slower Delaware to hear these gems.

I don't get it!  It's like the man jams every guitar chord known and uknown into every song.  It's like going to Guitar Center on jazz day with everyone playing at the same time.

He had gotten in financial problems and pawned his guitars.  I remember someone famous bought some back for him.

Anyway, no doubt he knows the fretboard and loves those diminised and augmented chords, but his songs didn't connect with me like it did with others.


Music is a personal thing, even when you're learning to play and feel like you should "appreciate"  a certain guitarist's  craft. It either speaks to you or it doesn't.

I remember Guitar Player going  nuts about Di Meola and everybody trying to play Race with Devil on Spanish Highway,but I found his athletics tiresome and mostly uninteresting. I preferred Belew, Knoppfler, Earl Slick, and Allan Holdsworth. Even Steve Morse (partly because of his flexibility, but also he was just cool and we had a beer after one of his Ernie Ball seminars).

In the end, it is art and how that  connects with you at a personal level. You either dig it or you don't. No apologies needed.
 
2017-04-18 11:36:57 AM  
karmachameleon:

Spot on..
It was like calculus to the uninitiated or knuckle-dragger, but poetry to me. Has the same right brain appeal  of T. Monk and Scofield... he played like a sax solo. The instructional vid with Chad Wackerman "Tell Me" kept me sane during my separation. Not everyone's cup of tea, but F it. I can't do his shiat but for a couple of seconds before crashing but, dammit, I tried. And, he had the best name for an instrumental song ever. The things you see when you don't have a gun.

I read a blog years ago that he was an avid cyclist...that rekindled my track to better health and riding.

Peace to you, gifted guitar/cycle/beer dude
 
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