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Great Venues: Rosa’s Lounge – Chicago

Rosas Chicago

 

According to its website “Rosa’s Lounge operates in the hallowed tradition of Chicago blues lounges, family owned and operated by an Italian immigrant who came to Chicago in 1978 after meeting Junior Wells in Milan. Tony Mangiullo found the true spirit of the blues at legendary South Side lounges like Theresa’s, and he opened Rosa’s (1984) as a tribute to those cradles of blues tradition, and named it after his mother, Rosa, who had followed him here to help.”

 
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LA Players: Joe Satriani – “Andalusia”

Joe Satriani is a guitarist whose style resembles a modern updating of the classic blues-rock style pioneered by past greats like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Ritchie Blackmore (whom Satriani would at one point replace as lead guitarist for Rainbow). Satriani is unique amongst guitar heroes in that he began his career as a teacher and is able to count the likes of Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett and Charlie Hunter among his former students. Satriani’s success in fact followed closely on… Read More

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Virgin Atlantic Airways: Coolest Carrier in the Sky

Virgin Atlantic is the only airline we know of that was financially birthed by a record label that signed the Sex Pistols in the 1970s. If that seems weird to you, than do yourself a favor and buy an Upper Class ticket on any Virgin flight. It’ll become pretty clear why living the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle 30,000 feet above ground isn’t exactly a bad idea at all.

 

In fact, rock ‘n’ roll has been obsessed with the airplane for just about as… Read More

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Shop Spotlight: Sam Ash Music – New York

Sam Ash

 

President of One of America’s Coolest Guitar Emporiums
Sammy Ash, President/COO of Sam Ash Music talks with GuitarShopTV at the famous Sam Ash Guitar, Amp & Technology store (formerly Manny’s Music) located on West 48th Street on New York City’s “Music Row.”

 

Sam Ash Music was founded in 1924, and is the largest family-owned and operated musical instrument retailer in the USA, with dozens of… Read More

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Great Venues: The Legendary Sun Studio in Memphis

Guitar Shop TV sits behind the board with engineer Matt Ross-Spang at the legendary Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, “the most famous recording studio in the world,” where Elvis Presley was discovered and the first rock and roll hit single, “Rocket 88” was recorded in 1951. Ross-Spang talks about the history of Sun and why it’s so special.

 

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Sun Studio was opened in 1950 by the legendary producer and rock pioneer Sam Philips. It… Read More

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Shop Spotlight: Gruhn’s Guitars – Nashville

To call George Gruhn a mere guitar expert would be to understate the depth and breadth of his vast knowledge. He is a true guitar intellectual, and a walking encyclopedia of detailed information about the history, physics, and the taxonomy of electric and acoustic guitars, mandolins, banjos, and related instruments.

 

George Gruhn

Educated in Biology, Zoology, and English Literature at Vanderbilt and The Read More

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