Mick Green 1944-2010

Not everyone knew who he was, but every serious guitarist of a certain age looked up to Mick Green. In the mid-seventies, budding punk rockers scoured used record stores for the rare Johnny Kidd & the Pirates album. Then they took it home, picked up their guitars, and figuratively sat at his knee as they studied the protypical tight combination of lead/rhythm licks of one undersung guitar pioneer. Like the few other early guitar greats, he was perhaps more appreciated for his craft in retrospect, and mostly by his musical peers. Mick Green will be missed, but his legacy lives on every time a new kid on the block picks up a guitar and makes it rock.

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