Twenty-six guitar and bass greats—including Ben Harper, Kaki King, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson, J Mascis, and Savages’ Gemma Thompson—discuss the record that altered their musical universe forever.

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Situated in the heart of downtown Atlanta, this three-day festival included acts like the Kills, My Morning Jacket, Eagles of Death Metal, Deftones, At the Drive-In, Explosions in the Sky, and more.


Shown here is Shaky Knee’s Peachtree Stage inside Atlanta’s Centennial Park—also where the 1996 Summer Olympics were held.

Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson plays a 1966 Fender Duo-Sonic II. “It’s a very simple guitar, but you can throw it around—you can do anything to it—and it’s very light. I know exactly when it’s going to start feeding back, at what point, what exact sound, and it’s a very intuitive instrument.” Photo by TIM

London-based punk quartet Savages shaped the material for their sophomore album, Adore Life, during an intimate club residency of live gigs in New York.

The word “savage” has many meanings. It could refer to an untamed animal, a fierce human with a wild or uncivilized demeanor, or perhaps it could be used to describe something turbulent and unforgiving. The Savages embody all of these things through the bleeding, raw, primal unadulterated power of their loud, in-your-face music.

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