The Best Things You’ll Read This Week

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Here’s what you should read this week:

Dimebag: The Mentor

1) “Write something beautiful brother…” Phil Anselmo pays tribute to Dimebag

It’s difficult to choose just one part of Metal Hammer’s epic multi-faceted tribute issue to Dimebag Darrell on the 10th anniversary of this death. There’s Vinnie Paul on the brother he grew up with and lost, Rex Brown on his bandmate and friend, metal guitarists from Iommi to Zoltan Bathory on his talent and technique, and Zakk Wylde and Jerry Cantrell dishing up stories about his legendary appetite for a party. But if we HAD to choose one, it’d be Paul Brannigan’s interview with Phil Anselmo as he remembers joining Pantera, the friction between him and Dime, and the sorrow he feels now.

Stanley Clarke: Cut To The Bass

2) Stanley Clarke: he’s all about that bass, that bass, that bass And from one pioneering musician to another. If you needed an illustration of the breadth of TeamRock’s world, on the face of it you couldn’t get more extreme than the leap from Dimebag to Stanley Clarke, the bass player who pretty much invented jazz fusion with Return To Forever and has pushed the boundaries ever since. In reality it isn’t much of a stretch to imagine a world in which Dime had lived, maybe sobered up a little and jammed with Clarke on some fusion project with Mike Portnoy on drums. In this interview, Clarke outlines his musical philosophy: “The way I view so-called genres of music,” he says, “it’s pretty much all the same, just spoken in different languages. Y’know, bebop music has a certain language, created by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. Blues – that’s a language. Southern Rock – another language. African music, another. For some reason, when I go into these different genres, the necessary information and the language comes to me. Sometimes I’ll mix it all up, mix it together. See, if you use the word ‘progressive’ properly, it’s about stretching boundaries…”

Foo Fighters: Multi-Taskers Of 2014

3) Dave Grohl: Rock’N’Roll Multi-Tasker Classic Rock’s interview with Dave Grohl is also about pushing boundaries, as the Foos man explains how recording their current album Sonic Highways in eight different cities – and making a BBC/HBO documentary series at the same time – took the band out of their comfort zone. As writer Rob Hughes comments, “In order to evolve, rock’n’roll must make exacting demands of itself”. And, as one of the few modern rock stars able to think as big as Jay-Z or Kanye, Grohl is up to the challenge: “I’m a high school drop out… and now I’m in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame and I get to sit down and talk to the President,” he says. “I want everyone to imagine that the same opportunity is possible.”

The 10 Commandments of Horror Movie-Making – By Rob Zombie

**4) Rob Zombie’s 10 Commandments of Horror Movie Making ** “Thou Shalt Not Having a Happy Ending…” Horror director, shock rocker, industrial metaller and hellbilly deluxe Robert Bartleh Cummings reveals his top tips for making great horror movies, from music to casting, his points illustrated by recommendations of 10 classic horrors for you to watch, trailers and scenes.

Johnny Winter: Blues Icon Of 2014

5) How Leslie West Helped Johnny Winter Get Clean For their end-of-year issue, Classic Rock asked Leslie West to pay tribute to bluesman Johnny Winter who died this year. Instead, the Mountain man revealed how he’d been instrumental in getting Winters off of the methadone he’d been hooked on for years. A personal story with a universal message.

The Outer Limits: Sky

6) Were Sky the LEAST Rock’n’Roll Band Of All Time? Paul Lester’s brilliant profile of 70s prog-classical-jazz funk sensations Sky asks whether the band were prog or not and along the way offers a unique insight into the short career of a band of musos more interested in their chops than chopping out lines. “I was disappointed that Kevin wore jeans [at the Westminster Abbey gig],” says bassist Herbie Flowers. “I Wore a blue and orange jumper my mum knitted for me.”

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Scott Rowley
Content Director, Music

Scott is the Content Director of Music at Future plc, responsible for the editorial strategy of online and print brands like Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, Guitarist, Guitar World, Guitar Player, Total Guitar etc. He was Editor in Chief of Classic Rock magazine for 10 years and Editor of Total Guitar for 4 years and has contributed to The Big Issue, Esquire and more. Scott wrote chapters for two of legendary sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson's books (For The Love Of Vinyl, 2009, and Gathering Storm, 2015). He regularly appears on Classic Rock’s podcast, The 20 Million Club, and was the writer/researcher on 2017’s Mick Ronson documentary Beside Bowie