Giveaways January 2015

January 15

Riffs: Unforgettable Lists, Thin Strings=More Speed?, Jane's Addiction Reunited, Lennon's Black Rickenbacker

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Beach Boys

Crack That List

from Cracked


There''s nothing better than looking at a few humorous "Top 10" lists to waste a little time. Cracked.com specializes in such lists, and we found two you might enjoy. First, John Frusciante writes the 15 Most Ill-Advised Career Reinventions in Rock History. We won''t tell you #1, but at #13 you will find "Garth Brooks is Chris Gaines." Yikes! The second list includes the 7 Most Unforgivable Grammy Award Snubs of All Time. A prime example is 1978''s "Best New Artist" category. You would think Elvis Costello in his first big year would make the cake, but no -- A Taste of Honey took the award home.

Guitarist

Is Speed So Important?

from American Chronicle


We understand that this is a commonly disputed subject -- that thinner strings leads to faster fingers. This article goes through the myth to say no -- that clarity is more important than speed, anyway. Another article discusses the importance of just having stronger fingers (and cites ways to improve your strength and dexterity). What''s your take on the issue?
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Original Jane''s Addiction Rocking Again

from Reuters


Last night, all four original members of Jane''s Addiction played at a Los Angeles bash. This is the first time bass player Eric Avery has played with the group, as he had previously declined to play with the band since it first broke up in September 1991. The big event led up to the band receiving the Godlike Genius Award for their help in developing alternative rock.

John Lennon

Lennon''s Black 1958 Rickenbacker 325

from Huddersfield Daily


This is an interesting one about "Ted the Sprayer," a man from a little village called Holme, who sprayed and repaired Lennon''s famous 1958 Rickenbacker. Brian Higham, who ran the shop that housed Ted, talks about the work done for both Lennon and his lead guitarist, Harrison.
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