Fans of music, especially rock guitar music, lost two very influential individuals last week when Steve Jobs and Bert Jansch passed away on October 5. Jobs influenced they way most of us listens to music in the 21st century, while Jansch influenced many of the rock guitarists we have enjoyed listening to for the last 40 years or so.
Not much more can be said or written about Steve Jobs than what has already been stated in the last week, so we will just add our personal thanks to a man whose vision definitely shapes the lives many of us around the globe lead and enjoy on a daily basis. At this point, we associate Jobs with the Apple brand much like we do with Walt and the Disney brand, which is about as high-level a compliment as we can make in the world of genius-innovator-marketing-giants.
Naturally, Bert Jansch has received much less press than Steve Jobs in the past week. You may not have even heard of him before or knew he was a founding member of the British folk-rock band Pentangle, but when it comes to the world of rock guitarists, especially acoustic folk rock, few players have had as much influence as has Jansch. He was a musician’s musician.
According to Bert Jansch’s Wikipedia biography, he heavily influenced several highly-acclaimed guitarists, such as Jimmy Page, Paul Simon, Mike Oldfield, Nick Drake and Donovan. See and listen for yourself in the video below of Jansch playing what is probably his most recognized song, “Angie.”
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