Recently, in an effort to fully understand John Lennon's impact on guitar music and the landscape of pop music in general TG has been speaking to a wide range of guitarists across multiple genres. Here everyone from Joe Bonamassa and Skunk Anansie to Joe Satriani and Gannin Arnold (Taylor Hawkins) explain what they've learnt from Lennon...
Peredur ap Gwynedd (Pendulum)
"The first thing you notice about Lennon's rhythm playing is how angry it is. He doesn't strum those chords, he stabs at them. Very punk rock, very garage rock. Also his rock steady acoustic playing on ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ is well worth a listen.
"Not many people realise how influential his rhythm guitar playing really was, as it's been somewhat overshadowed by Keith Richard and Pete Townshend, but he was also a great writer of riffs. Put some more distortion on ‘Hey Bulldog’ or ‘Come Together’ and, hey presto, John Lennon nearly invented heavy metal!"
The Beatles 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko'
TG209 (on sale 26 November) features John Lennon on the cover and honours the working class guitar hero's contribution to the guitar world, including interviews with 'Nowhere Boy' Aaron Johnson and 'Imagine' session guitarist Joey Molland.