Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rock For Hal Goldman (1954-2010)

My friend Hal Goldman's favorite rock band was the Yardbirds. Rooted in the blues, they brought experimental new sounds out of the guitar, sometimes through distortion, that were influential in the 1960s. The Yardbirds also included, at various points, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. Hal, as a guitar aficionado, appreciated the work of all three. The following 1965 performance of "Shapes of Things" at England's Wembley Stadium includes Beck, previously featured here. This one, too, is for you, my dear friend Hal:

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