Michael Leonard

Little Richard, Jimi Hendrix, Maurice James and the sprint for stardom

The young Jimi Hendrix didn’t play long with Little Richard, but he used every minute to further his push for fame and recognition. Before long, it was Jimi’s own ambition that curtailed a fabled pairing.

Why Kraftwerk and Florian Schneider matter to all guitarists – no, really

In subtle ways, Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking synthpop wormed its way into guitar culture and tastes. With the passing of Florian Schneider, is it finally time to accept that the German band can be as important as Howlin’ Wolf in your playlist?
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