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Strange Beautiful Music


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Chapter 1: The Hendrix Experience

Chapter 2: High School Confidential

Chapter 3: Learning Curves

Chapter 4: Satch Goes West

Chapter 5: Twists of Fate-The Joe Satriani EP, 1983-1984

Chapter 6: Not of This Earth-1985-1986

Chapter 7: Relativity

Chapter 8: Surfing with the Alien-1987

Chapter 9: Launching the Silver Surfer

Chapter 10: Flying in a Blue Dream-1989

Chapter 11: The Bearsville Experiment

Chapter 12: The Extremist-1992

Chapter 13: Eponymous-1995

Chapter 14: G3/Crystal Planet-1997

Chapter 15: Engines of Creation-2000

Chapter 16: Strange Beautiful Music-2002

Chapter 17: Is There Love in Space?-2004

Chapter 18: Super Colossal-2006

Chapter 19: Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock-2008

Chapter 20: Chickenfoot I-2009

Chapter 21: Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards-2010

Chapter 22: Chickenfoot III-2011/2012

Chapter 23: Unstoppable Momentum-2013

Chapter 24: Shockwave Supernova-2016

Conclusion: 2017 and Beyond

The Gear: Album by Album



About the Author

For three decades, Joe Satriani, the biggest-selling instrumental rock guitarist in the Soundscan era, has traveled the world, playing to sold-out crowds both as a headliner and as founder of the all-star "G3" guitar extravaganza. His studio and live recordings have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. Of his 14 solo albums, two have gone platinum and four others went gold, with 15 Grammy nominations between them. In 1988, Mick Jagger invited Joe to perform as lead guitarist on his first solo tour, and in 1994, Joe toured with Deep Purple as their lead guitarist. His side project, Chickenfoot, featuring former Van Halen front man Sammy Hagar and former bassist Michael Anthony, and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, saw their debut album certified gold.

Award-winning music biographer Jake Brown has written 35 published books in his decade-long career, featuring many authorized collaborations with some of rock's biggest artists. In 2012, Brown won the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Awards in the category of Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research.


"Joe has refined his own style of playing to a point where he's forever up there in the stratosphere of excellence that is reached by very few musicians."
Brian May

"Every time Joe puts his fingers on a guitar, what comes out sounds like inspired music, even if its just a finger exercise. He created and branded a niche with his own voice and in so doing he wielded an entire genre."
Steve Vai

"After all the times I had been on stages with Joe, been on the side of stages watching and listening to Joe, and all the times I have been in the audience cheering for Joe, I continue to have no idea how Joe does what he does."
Robert Fripp

"Joe Satriani's my favorite guitar player."
Sammy Hagar

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