Steven Rosen – Rock Interviews

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I’ll let Steven Rosen explain it himself :

"I have been interviewing musicians for magazines (strictly freelance, I was never on the staff of any magazine) since about 1973. I have a library – all on the original cassettes – that contains hundreds and hundreds of conversations with musicians dating back to this early period.

Jimmy Page and Steven RosenThese are not broadcast quality – in other words, they weren’t done in a pro studio with pro gear. Many of them were recorded on an inexpensive little cassette player and an inexpensive cassette. There is machine noise, outside noise, but even the worst interviews you can hear what’s going on. About 1980 or a bit thereafter, I got a good cassette player – a Sony Pro Walkman – and the quality improved greatly.

I am looking to sell – or auction – the entire collection. That is, approximately 1,000 cassettes (there’s probably more) containing these interviews.

When I was doing the interviews, I would often times record multiple interviews on one tape. So, for instance, on the Keith Moon tape, there is also a section of Ron Wood, and an artist named Jim Stafford – so if somebody was bidding on the Moon tape, they’d have to take into consideration that Ron Wood was on the same tape. Do you know what I mean?

The other main caveat is I want to retain the copyright/licensing properties of these interviews. In other words, if someone bought the entire collection, they could of course listen to them, play them for their friends, even burn copies for their friends and stuff. But they could not license the interviews to DVD companies or television stations – I want to retain those rights. If the money was sufficient, I would relinquish the rights to the licensing.

It is an extraordinary collection of I doubt whether many exist like this in the world. These are one-of-a-kind interviews. That is, save for a few press conferences where multiple reporters were present, this content is exclusively mine.

This represents over 30 years of my life. Many of these interviews were done for musician’s magazines (Guitar Player, Guitar World, Total Guitar, Classic Rock, and various Japanese magazines) so the content is truly interesting – the musicians talking about their music, how they write, their instruments, etc. It’s not gossip type interviews dealing with what kind of hair spray someone uses or who someone is dating.

Also, I could provide dates/places on these interviews. A lot of them I don’t know the exact date but I could certainly come up with an approximate month/place. And, of course, anyone who bought it, I would make every effort to provide them with all the info I could on the interviews – vis a vis where/when they took place; any interesting anecdotal stuff (like interviewing John Paul Jones during the ’77 Zeppelin tour and having him sort of accost me because of something I’d written about the band, and all that kind of stuff). Anything I could do to make the collection more interesting and valuable to a potential buyer.

A bit part of me really doesn’t want to sell this collection – it’s kind of my life, you know – but if someone can derive pleasure from hearing a Jimmy Page interview from 1977 or listening to Brian Wilson sing a few bars of "Good Vibrations," then that makes it worth it."

And who is Steven Rosen?

"Steven Rosen is a professional music journalist with a career spanning twenty-five years. During this period he has published well over 700 articles appearing in major periodicals originating from around the globe, everywhere from the United States and Canada to Japan, Germany, France, England, Australia, and even Kathmandu. Amongst the publications Rosen’s work has appeared in are Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Playboy, Musician, Guitar Player, Guitar World, Musician, US, Creem, Circus, Player, Total Guitar, and a myriad of others.

He was the West Coast correspondent for Guitar World magazine for four years during the mid-eighties when he wrote seven cover stories (three lead features on Edward Van Halen are now recognized as pivotal pieces on that artist). As a contributor to Guitar Player magazine, he wrote a prolific sixteen covers in a six-year span (one out of every four was his). The 1977 Frank Zappa front-cover contribution represented the periodical’s biggest selling issue to that date). Additionally, GP, in two special reprint issues, utilized his stories on Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page as cover material (Rock Guitarists published by Guitar Player Productions and Rock Guitarists Vol. II distributed by Guitar Player Books).
He served as West Coast Editor for Fachblatt, one of Germany’s most respected and highest circulated magazines (typically, more than half of the cover features were Rosen-based compositions). He currently lends his hand to Player, a Japanese periodical employing his services for over twenty years. Also, he has recently shared his skills with a number of prestigious English periodicals including Classic Rock, Guitarist, Total Guitar, and Record Collector.

A recognized authority on the eclectic rock world, Rosen has been tapped five times to write books on some highly-recognizable individuals: The Beck Book, on guitarist Jeff Beck, resulted in a second printing due to the crazed demand (originally published in 1978, in Japan only, the author is currently rewriting the bio for publication/release in America); The Artist Formerly Known As Prince, part of the Rock Lives series orchestrated by Castle Communications and distributed by The Penguin Group (ultimately folding under the Sanctuary Publishing wing); Bruce Springsteen ,an eponymously titled bio also printed by Castle); The Story of Black Sabbath: Wheels Of Confusion (now in its third printing) ; and his most recent tome, a quasi-dual endeavor covering both Free and Bad Company (SAF Publishing plans to release a mini-sized paperback in 2005).

Never a creator to involve himself in armchair observations, this architect’s work has taken him to distant vistas in search of mysterious stories and elusive sagas. Steven has been hand-selected to accompany numerous bands as traveling wordsmith. Pen and persona has been present on the road with Led Zeppelin, The Who, Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Loggins & Messina, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Aerosmith, the Firm, and more.
Because of his insights as to the inner workings of rock ensembles and able to extract their thoughts and mindsets, he has been cited by other writers as an indispensable source. He is referenced and his exact wordage appears in countless numbers of reference and biographical works such as the Encyclopedia of Pop, Rock and Soul (St. Martin’s Press), Hammer of the Gods (Morrow), Robert Fripp (Faber and Faber), Uncle Joe’s Record Guide (J. Benson Unlimited), Secrets From the Masters (Miller Freeman), The Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal (Barnes & Noble Books), Jeff Beck: Crazy Fingers (Backbeat Books), several Frank Zappa profiles like Frank Zappa’sNegative Dialectic of Poodle Play (St. Martin’s Griffin), Frank Zappa Companion (Schirmer Books) and a Google gaggle including dozens of other titles.

In addition to his essential journalistic pursuits, Rosen has worked closely with record and management companies, providing them with bios and treatments. This involved working with Atlantic Records, Warner Bros., Colombia Records, and music-related businesses such as Seymour Duncan, Oberheim, Charvel Guitars, Kawai, Guitar Center, C.P.P. Belwin and REH Publications. For this latter company he singularly originated and developed a line of instructional tapes called ProTalk (Carlos Santana, C.C. De’Ville, Lee Ritenour, were just a few of the participants). Similarly, in 1991, he sketched out the blueprint for another line of guitar videos titled Hot Guitarist for the ESP Company.

In recent months, his work has been utilized as liner copy for both audio CDs and DVDs. For the English company Chrome Dreams, he wrote all the liner copy for oral diaries on Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, and Captain Beefheart, as well as licensed his own extensive audio library of recorded interviews to be shaped and edited for the CD material itself. Passport Video embraced this remarkable archive in order to extract valuable audio for their DVDs on Van Halen, Queen, and Led Zeppelin. In 2005, he licensed a large number of interviews to Classic Rock Direct in an exclusive licensing agreement; Steven’s audio content will appear on multiple DVDs produced by CRD.

Steven Rosen’s understanding of rock’s winding road derives not from reading maps but from writing them. This native of St. Louis, Missouri, is an accomplished songwriter as well. A number of original compositions have been covered by outside artists including Blackthorne (for whom he co- wrote three songs [with esteemed vocalist Graham Bonnet] for their self-titled debut album including the title track “Afterlife”). Additional published works include Sic Vikki’s “Tough Enough” for their first album; a co-write on Cold Sweat’s debut (produced by master knob-twirler Kevin Beamish of REO Hi Infidelity fame. Rosen has drafted songs for several cable movies (Scorned featuring Playboy figure Shannon Tweed (Kiss’ Gene Simmons longtime friend) pops up on late night television like clockwork).

In the late nineties, he co-sculpted Spirit Nation, a world music configuration marrying Native American elements with ambient textures – loops, slashing edits – and landed a deal on Richard Branson’s V2 Records. The record has sold over 50,000 units to date, an astonishing number when most new groups are lucky to sell half that amount.

Within the last year, Apple Computers has specifically chosen two Spirit Nation tracks to drive major media campaigns.

His main focus has been on organizing his incredibly extensive and rare collection of audio interviews he’s been conducting for the past 30+ years. For the first time since he began working as a music journalist, he has opened up these archives and allowed his work to be licensed for specific DVD/radio projects. He is seriously thinking about making available for sale, this entire collection (representing well over 1,000 hours of content with hundreds and hundreds of classic rock’s most engaging characters). The sale will probably take the form of an auction conducted by one of the highly respected auction houses in the country, people who deal in rare collectible rock memorabilia and understand how to market such a unique and rare archive.

Steven Rosen continues to track down rock’s elusive denizens. When not on some semantic safari, he retreats to his Laurel Canyon cottage, nestled in the bucolic hills of Hollywood. The space is crammed floor to rafter with books and records, broken guitar strings and empty pens – pencils are considered anathema around here. In his modest abode, the solace and quiet breeds security and a sense of creativity. As someone earning his keep as a conversationalist and instigator of ideas, Rosen is typically the quietest one in the room. But place him within shouting distance of a guitarist, and within ten minutes they will have parts of themselves they never even knew they knew. And this, perhaps, is his greatest strength, drawing on a chameleon-like ability in transforming from interviewer to innerviewer. A musical zelig. Someone you want to tell your secrets to …"

The Artist Interview List:

1973 – PRESENT

number following name indicates amount of times artist was interviewed
+ indicates possible additional interviews
no number indicates single interview

ABBA (Frida)
AC/DC (Angus Young; Bon Scott) [2]
Aerosmith [3]
Jan Akkerman (Focus)
Jules Alexander (Association)

Gregg Allman
Michael Allsup (Three Dog Night)
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull)
Jon Anderson (Yes)

Adam Ant
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge; BBA)[4+]
Vinny Appice (Dio; Black Sabbath)
Mark Arm (Mudhoney)
Wishbone Ash
Peter Asher (producer)

Chet Atkins
Hoyt Axton
Randy Bachman (BTO)

Joan Baez
Bob Babbitt (Motown bassist)
Ginger Baker (Cream; Blind Faith)

Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane; Starship)
Toy Caldwell (Marshall Tucker)
Dave Ball (Bedlam; Procol Harum)
Bump Band
Tony Banks (Genesis)
Martin Barre (Jethro Tull) [2]

Paul Barrere (Little Feat) [2]
Don Barnes (.38 Special)
Jennifer Batten
Jeff Baxter (Steely Dan; Doobie Bros.) [2]
The Beat
Jeff Beck [4+]

Capt. Beefheart
Adrian Belew (King Crimson)
Maggie BellPat Benatar band
Brendan Benson
George Benson
Jeff Berlin

Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)
Kyle Bess (Prince’s engineer)
Rodney Bingenheimer
Elvin Bishop
Gregg Bisonette (David Lee Roth)
Kat Bjelland (Babes In Toyland)

Ritchie Blackmore [4+]
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult)
Colin Bluntstone (Zombies)
Michael Boddicker (producer)
Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge; BBA)

Gary U.S. Bonds
Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz)
Dale/Terry Bozzio (Missing Persons)
Doyle Bramhall
Tony Braunagel (Paul Kossoff)

Andy Brauer (guitar tech)
David Briggs (Little River Band)
Gary Brooker (Procol Harum)
Doobie Brothers [3+]
Arthur Brown
Bill Bruford (Yes)

Roy Buchanan
Jon Butcher
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
Paul Butterfield

Ernie C. (Body Count)

Bobby Caldwell
Randy California (Spirit)
The Calling
Viv Campbell (Dio; Def Leppard) [2+]
Freddie Cannon

Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
Jim Capaldi (Traffic)
Jeff Carlisi (.38 Special)
Belinda Carlisle (Go Gos)
Larry Carlton [4+]
Kim Carnes

Emilio Castillo (Tower Of Power)
Randy Castillo (Ozzy)
Stray Cats
Ed Cassidy (Spirit)
Carlos/Tony Cavazzo (Quiet Riot)
Ndugu Leon Chancler (producer)

Dean Chamberlain (Code Blue)
Roger Chapman (Family; Streetwalkers)
Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Sharship)
Ray Charles
Manny Charleton (Nazareth) [2]
Wayne Charvel (guitar builder)

Phil Chen (Rod Stewart; Jeff Beck)
Cinderella (Tom Kiefer)
John Cippolina (Quicksilver Mess. Serv.)
Angel City
Gilby Clarke (Guns ‘N’ Roses)

Jars Of Clay
Clem Clemson (Humble Pie)
Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
Commander Cody
Bad Company
Ry Cooder

Rita Coolidge
Alice Cooper [3]
Glenn Cornick (Jethro Tull)
Dave Cousins (Strawbs)
David Coverdale (Whitesnake) [2+]

Randi Crawford
Robert Cray
Papa John Creach (Jefferson Airplane)
Marshall Crenshaw
Steve Cropper
Robbin Crosby (Ratt)

Christopher Cross
Motley Crue
Pablo Cruise
Burton Cummings (Guess Who)
Vinnie Cusano [nee Vincent] (Kiss)

Donnie Dacus (Chicago)
Dick Dale
Steely Dan (D. Fagen; Walter Becker)
Julia Daniels (Star 69)
Lonesome Dave (Foghat)
Dave Davies (Kinks) [2]

Jesse ‘Ed’ Davis (George Harrison)
Paul Dean (Loverboy)
Warren DeMartini (Ratt)
John Densmore (Doors)

Rick Derakh
Rick Derringer [2]
C.C. DeVille (Poison) [2]
Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult)
The Difference
Al DiMeola

Ronnie James Dio [2+]
Mike Dirnt (Green Day)
Jerry Donahue
Lonnie Dnnegan
Dylan Donkin (Echobrain)

Back Door
Eric Dover (Imperial Drag)
K.K. Downing (Judas Priest)
Dixie Dregs
Les Dudek
Howard Dumble (amp builder)

Aynsley Dunbar (Journey; Jeff Beck) [2]
Seymour Duncan (pickup builder)
Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers)

Golden Earring
Nathan East (Eric Clapton)

Elliott Easton (Cars)
Duane Eddy
Rik Emmett (Triumph)
John Entwistle (Who) [2]
Peter Erskine (Weather Report)
Sheila E (Prince)

Donald Fagen [2]
Bruce Fairbairn (producer)
Dan Fante (novelist)
Nick Farrendino (Lughead)
Steve Farris (Mr. Mister)
Buzzy Feiten [2]

Don Felder (Eagles)
Nick Feldman (Wang Chung)
Leo Fender/Dale Hyatt (guitar builders)
Jay Ferguson (Spirit; Jo Jo Gunne) [2]
Julio Fernandez (Spyrogyra)
Doug Fieger (Knack)

Earth, Wind & Fire
Roger Fisher (Heart) [2]
John 5 (Marilyn Manson)
Roberta Flack
David LaFlamme (It’s A Beautiful Day)

Mick Fleetwood
John Fogerty (CCR)
Robben Ford [2]
David Foster (producer)
Peter Frampton [2]
Ace Frehley (Kiss)

Marty Friedman (Megadeth)
Robert Fripp (King Crimson) [2]
John Frusciante [2]/Anthony Kiedis (RHCP)
Lowell Fulson
Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield)

Lewis Furey
Stone Fury

Rory Gallagher [2+]
Frank Gambale [2]
Bruce Gary (Knack)
Bill Gazzari (club owner)

Neil Geraldo (Pat Benatar)
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) [4+]
Vince Gill
Ian Gillan (Deep Purple)
Brad Gillis (Nightranger) [2]

David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)
Bob Glaub
Danny Goldberg
Craig Goldy (Dio)
Bill Graham (promoter)
Alan Gratzer (REO)

Jay Graydon [2]
Roger Gresco (guitar builder)
Myron Grombacher (Pat Benatar)
G.I.T. (Guitar Institute of Technology)
Tracii Guns (L.A. Guns)
Buddy Guy

Steve Hackett (Genesis)
Sammy Hagar [2+]
Darryl Hall (Hall & Oates)
John Hall (Orleans)
Jan Hammer
Herbie Hancock

Tom Hardisty (Bruce Springsteen eng.)
Randy Hansen
Ben Harper
Don Harris
Hightide Harris (John Mayall)
Don Harrison

George Harrison [2]
Molly Hatchett
Cyril Havermans (Focus)
Pete Haycock (Climax Blues Band)
Chris Hayes (Huey Lews & The News)

Isaac Hayes
Justin Hayward (Moody Blues)
Heart [2]
Uriah Heep
John Helliwell (Supertramp)

Jerry Hey
Dan Hicks
Dusty Hill (ZZ Top)
Steve Hillage
Bob Hite (Canned Heat)
Mitch Holder

Allan Holdsworth [2]
Joe Holmes (Ozzy)
Taste of Honey
Raging Honkies (Michael/Teddy Landau)
Dr. Hook
Nesbert Stix Hooper (Crusaders)

Nicky Hopkins (Rolling Stones; Jeff Beck)
Jerry Horton (Papa Roach)
Dann Huff (Giant)
Glenn Hughes (D. Purple; B. Sabbath)[2]
Ian Hunter (Mott the Hoople)
Chris Huston (producer)

Chris Impelliteri
James Ingram
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) [3+]

Grover Jackson (guitar builder)
Joe Jackson
Michael Jackson
Michael James Jackson (producer)

Tito Jackson (Jackson Five)
Paul Jackson Jr.
Randy Jackson
Chris Jagger
Rick James
Mrs. James Jamerson

Garland Jeffreys
Todd Jensen (Hardline; Alice Cooper)
Antonio Carlos Jobim
Southside Johnny (Asbury Jukes)
Andy Johns (producer)
Brothers Johnson

Claud Johnson (Robert Johnson’s son)
Danny Johnson (Rod Stewart)
Eric Johnson [3+]
Jimmy Johnson
Tom Johnston (Doobie Brothers) [2+]
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)

Mick Jones (Foreigner)
Quincy Jones

Kansas [2]
Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane)
Peter Kaukonen (Black Kangaroo)

John Kaye (Steppenwolf) [2]
Ron Keel
John Speedy Keene (Thunderclap N.)
Flash Cadillac & The Continental Kids
B.B. King [2]

Tom Kelly (songwriter)
Simon Kirke (Free; Bad Company) [2+]
Holly Knight (songwriter)
Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers)
Al Kooper (Blood, Sweat & Tears)

Alexis Korner
Paul Kossoff (Free)
Danny Kortchmar
Ritchie Kotzen
Eddie Kramer (producer)
Lenny Kravitz [2]

Robbie Krieger (Doors)
Sonja Kristina (Curved Air)
Bob/Bruce Kulick (Kiss)
Steve Kupka (Tower Of Power)

Abe Laboriel, Jr.
Greg Ladanyi (producer)

Corky Laing (Mountain)
Greg Lake (ELP)
Chuck Leavell (Sea Level)
Neil Larsen
Chris Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
Albert Lee

Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) [2+]
Arthur Lee (Love)
Jake E. Lee (Ozzy)
Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) [2]
Rudy Leiren (VH guitar tech.)
Robin LeMesurier (Rod Stewart)

Def Leppard (Viv Campbell; Phil Collin)
Mylon LeFevre
Alex Lifeson (Rush)
David Lindley
Kenny Loggins (Loggins & Messina)

Michael Lloyd
Wilbert Longmire
Steve Lukather (Toto) [5+]
Luke (Silverjet)
George Lynch (Dokken) [2]

Steve Lynch (Autograph)
Jeff Lynne (ELO)

Iron Maiden
Yngwie Malmsteen [3+]
Jim Dandy Mangrum

Bob Margouleff (producer)
Steve Marriott (Humble Pie)
Mick Mars (Motley Crue) [2]
Jim Marshall (amp builder)
Bernie Marsden (Whitesnake)

Tim Marten (J. Page guitar tech.)
George Martin (producer)
Jerry Martini (Rubicon)
Hank Marvin (Shadows)
Hugh Masekela
Dave Mason (Traffic)

Harvey Mason
Brian May (Queen)
John Mayall
Tony McAlpine
Paul McCartney
Jim McCarty (Cactus; Rockets) [2]

Andy McCoy (Shooting Gallery)
Michael McDonald (Doobie Brothers) [2]
Jerry McGee
Dennis McKay (producer)
Dee McKinnie (John Mayall)
John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orch.) [2]

John McVie (Fleetwood Mac)
Ricky Medlock (Blackfoot)
Randy Meisner (Eagles)
Blind Melon
Dave Meniketti (Y&T)

Pat Metheny
Steve Miller
Mr. Mister
Max Middleton (Jeff Beck)
Kim Mitchell

Joey Molland (Badfinger)
Eddie Money [2]
Ronnie Montrose
Keith Moon (Who)
Gary Moore [2+]
Vinnie Moore

Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs)
Maria Muldaur
Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
Gary Myrick (Figures)
John Myung (Dream Theater)

Johnny Nash
Bill Nelson (BeBop Deluxe)
Ron Nevison (producer)
Jason Newstedt (Metallica)
Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) [2]

Carla Olson (Textones)
Nigel Olsson (Elton John)
Michael O’Martian (producer)
Ozzy [4+]

Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) [2]
Ray Parker, Jr.
Dean Parks
Felix Pappalardi (Mountain)
Joe Pass
Jaco Pastorius (Weather Report)

Les Paul [2]
Bill Payne (Little Feat)
Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
Carl Perkins
Teddy Pendergrass
Joe Perry (Aerosmith) [3+]

Steve Perry (Journey)
Missing Persons [2]
Tom Petty
John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
Simon Phillips (Who; Jeff Beck)
Humble Pie

Doug Pinnick (Kings X)
Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)
Police [2]
Jean-Luc Ponty (violin)

Fabulous Poodles
Jeff/Mike Porcaro (Toto) [2+]
Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck) [2+]
Roger Powell (Todd Rundgren)
Billy Preston
Alan Price (Animals)

Judas Priest
Spencer Proffer (producer)

Suzi Quatro
Sutherland Brothers & Quiver

Eddie Rabbitt
Trevor Rabin (Yes)
Elliott Randall (Steely Dan)
Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix)
Terry Reid

Keith Relf (Yardbirds)
Velvet Revolver (Duff; Slash; Dave)
Kimberley Rew (Katrina & The Waves)
Gary Richrath (REO)

Lee Ritenour [3+]
Paul Rivera (amp builder)
Little River Band
Howard Roberts
Kane Roberts (Alice Cooper)
Chris Robinson (Black Crowes)

Rich Robinson (Black Crowes)
Paul Rodgers (Free; Bad Company) [3+]
Mick Ronson (David Bowie)
Floyd Rose
Arlen Roth

David Lee Roth
Uli Roth (Scorpions)
ROUNDTABLE: Dave Meniketti; Pat Thrall; Brad Gillis; Jeff Watson; Viv Campbell)
Le Roux
Todd Rundgren [2+]

Saffron (Republica)

Brian Sagrafena (Echobrain)
Stevie Salas [3+]
David Sanborn
Carlos Santana [4+]
Blues Saraceno
Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot)

Joe Satriani [6+]
Michael Schenker (Scorpions)
Neal Schon (Journey) [2+]
Ken Scott (producer)
Tom Scott
A Flock of Seagulls

John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful)
Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan)
Dave Sharp (Alarm)
Tommy Shaw (Styx)

Billy Sheehan [3+]
Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie)
Gene Simmons [2]
Twisted Sister [2]
SIXTIES PRESS CONFERENCE: (Mike Pinera; Randy California; Sky Saxon; Standells)
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) [2]

Tommy Skeoch (Tesla)
Chris Slade (Firm)
Slash (G’n’R; Velvet Revolver)[4+]
Slash; Adam Day (guitar tech.)
Earl Slick

Allan Slutsky (Motown film producer)
Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Hurricane Smith
Steve Smith (Journey)
Dog Soldier
Phil Solem (Great Buildings)

Phil Sousain (Ozzy)
.38 Special
Chris Spedding
Rick Springfield
Billy Squier

Jim Stafford
Michael Stanley
Paul Stanley (Kiss) [3]
Shooting Star
Billy Steinberg (songwriter)
Norm Stephens; Buck Page (country)

David A. Stewart (Eurythmics)
Little Steven (Bruce Springsteen)
Stephen Stills (CSN)
Izzy Stradlin (Guns ‘N’ Roses)

Marty Stuart
Neal Stubenhaus
Hubert Sumlin

Andy Summers (Police) [2]
Supertramp [2+]
Matthew Sweet
John Sykes (Whitesnake)
The System

Spacey T (Sound Barrier)

Ty Tabor (Kings X)
Rose Tattoo
Larry Taylor (Canned Heat)
Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones)
Tommy Tedesco

Pat Thrall
Difford and Tillbrook (Squeeze)
Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest)
ZZ Top [3+]
Pete Townshend (Who)
Cheap Trick [2]

Robin Trower [2]
Tina Turner
Dwight Twilley

Steve Vai [7+]
Steve Vai/Eric Johnson/Joe Satriani
Elmer Valentine (Whisky owner)

Adrian Vandenberg (Whitesnake)
Alex Van Halen [2+]
Edward Van Halen [6+]
Van Halen (Edward/Sammy/Mike)
Jimmy Vaughan
Stevie Ray Vaughan

Rick Vito
Klaus Voorman

Waddy Wachtel
Michael Wagener (producer)
John Waite (Babys; Bad English)
Narada Michael Walden

Snuffy Walden
David T. Walker
Ian Wallace (King Crimson) [2]
Joe Walsh (Eagles)
Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) [3+]

Jeff Watson (Nightranger) [2]
Johnny Guitar Watson
Tim Weisberg (flute)
John Wetton (King Crimson)
Lenny White (Return To Forever)

Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Great White
Brad Whitford (Aerosmith) [2]

Tony Williams
Brian Wilson (Beach Boys)
Carl Wilson (Beach Boys)
Nancy Wilson (Heart)
Johnny Winter [2]
Steve Winwood (Traffic)

Bill Withers
Bobby Womack
Stevie Wonder
Ronnie Wood (Jeff Beck)
Men At Work
Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth)

Zakk Wylde (Ozzy) [5+]

Brand X (Robin Lumley)

The Yardbirds (Chris Dreja; Jim McCarty)
James Young (Styx)
Jesse Colin Young (Youngbloods)
Rusty Young (Poco)

Robin Zander (Cheap Trick)

Dweezil Zappa [2]
Frank Zappa [3]