David Lindley: The “musician’s musician” has passed away at the age of 79

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THE David Lindley passed away a few days ago, aged 79 years old. The top guitaristwho, among others, collaborated with Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, David Crosby, Ray Kunder, was big piece of American music history. The sound of his guitar in the artist’s studio, always had his own signature.

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“He was one of the most talented musicians,” Graham Nash wrote of him in his farewell. “It really was the musician of musicians“, he added.

He was also a musician who never stopped being fascinated by the musics of the world and serving them. In his biography one finds recordings with musicians from Madagascarthe Hawaiithe Jordanthe Norway.

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The last years of his life he lived in Claremont, California. But in a house that did not differ much from his father’s. It, too, was flooded with strings.

The Lindley story

Lindley was more than just a great guitarist. In June 1990, Ray Counder, creator of the soundtrack of the film “Paris – Texas”, decided to introduce himself to the public without a band. He only has one guitarist with him. It was David Lindleywhom the camera captured with a couple hugeeven by rock standards, sideburns to frame his face. He was holding a bouzouki in his hands.

Born in March 1944 in Los Angeles, David Perry Lindley inherited his love of strings from his father. Although a lawyer by profession, he had filled the house with sounds that sounded at least exotic on the other side of the Atlantic. David met from him bouzouki, sitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and a host of other strings. He was only six years old and, as he would recall in an interview years later, he was like that his passion for stringswho would even open the tail of the piano in his house to reach its strings.

David Lindley was lucky enough to found his way from a very early age. He also had an extraordinary talent. He was still a teenager when he first won the annual banjo contest in Topanga Canyon. After his fifth straight win he simply stopped participating. A little later he would form his own band playing in clubs in Los Angeles and Disneyland. But when an agent, who overheard him one night, would promise him “fame and money”, he would send him to “hell”.

Source: News Beast

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