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GPM=Guitar For the Practicing Musician
GC=Guitar Classics
GW=Guitar World
GS=Guitar School
GE=Guitar Extra
WMGO=Wolf Marshall’s GuitarOne
FF=Fender Frontline
HLC=Hal Leonard Corporation

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Dirty Deeds. GS, Rock History. January 1993. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of the riffs and rhythms that made Back In Black one of the heaviest albums in history. “1980 was a year of transition in pop and rock history. The great god of Disco was dead. Vanquished were its minions…A new wave of rock was born…”

The Acoustic Influence. GPM. September, 1988. Topic: Wolf’s overview of acoustic blues, classical, folk, ethnic, country and jazz influences in rock music.

The Origins of Acoustic Rock, GTR, Music Appreciation. July, 1995. Topic: Wolf traces the development of acoustic rock guitar styles from its roots through the 60s. Part One of a two-part series. Featured music by Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, The Who, Led Zeppelin and more. “The current ‘unplugged’ phenomenon is nothing new…”

More Origins of Acoustic Rock (Part 2), GTR, Music Appreciation. August, 1995. Topic: Wolf continues tracing the development of acoustic rock guitar styles through the 80s. Part Two of a two-part series. Featured music by the Allman Brothers, Kansas, Van Halen, Randy Rhoads, Guns N’ Roses and more. “Looking back across the decades, the acoustic guitar has always been a common denominator in rock…”

Toys in the Attic, GPM, Music Appreciation. May, 1988. “Based on the straightahead 60s rock ‘n’ roll tradition of the Stones and Yardbirds, with sprinklings of Beatle subtleties and blues roots, Aerosmith epitomized the hard rock sound of the mid 70s…”

Aerosmith. GS, Rock History. January 1992. Reprinted in Wolf Marshall’s Rock History book by HLC. Topic: Wolf focuses on the twin guitars of Perry and Whitford and how they fuel Aerosmith’s hard rock machine. “Like the Beatles, Stones, Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zep and ZZ Top, the members of Aerosmith personify the image of hardy survival…”

Bass Retrospective. GPM, June, 1987. Topic: Wolf’s overview and history of rock bass. Includes a discography and Wolf’s detailed chart: A Family Tree of Contemporary Bass. “The evolution of the modern rock bassist began with the birth of rock ‘n’ roll itself…”

Abbey Road, GPM, Music Appreciation. October, 1987. Reprinted in Guitar Classics VI. * “From a historical perspective, all Beatles albums are an important influence in rock…”

The Beatles, Part 1: 1963-1965. GS, Rock History. November 1991. Reprinted in Wolf Marshall’s Rock History book by HLC. Topic: Wolf explores the roots of rock’s fab four. “In retrospect, the Beatles had to happen. After the momentous breakthroughs in the 1950s, the rock ‘n’ roll genre was clearly on the ropes…”

Revolver, GTR, Music Appreciation. February, 1995. “By 1966, the Beatles had seen it all, done it all, been it all. But that year marked the end of live performance and the beginning of the studio era…”

Words and Music by…The Beatles. WMGO, Vol.6 1996. Topic: The guitar music of the Beatles accompanied by the commentary of fretmen John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. “The Beatles, quite simply, changed the sound of rock music forever…”

Wired, GPM, Music Appreciation. May, 1987. Includes Wolf’s detailed chart: A Chronology of Jeff Beck (to 1985). “Jeff Beck emerged from the incipient British blues/rock/heavy metal scene to become a driving force in the history of contemporary guitar…”

Blow By Blow. GS, Rock History. September 1991. Reprinted in Wolf Marshall’s Rock History book by HLC. Topic: Wolf’s guide to one of rock’s most innovative and intriguing fusion experiments. Includes a complete guitar transcription of “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers.” “What is jazz? What is rock? These questions have eluded and often confounded the most celebrated musical thinkers…”

Jeff Beck Truth, GTR, Music Appreciation. October, 1995. “If Jeff Beck’s work in the Yardbirds was a heavy metal primer, his Truth album is the first chapter of the textbook…”

Chuck Berry and the Pop Influence, GPM, Music Appreciation. August, 1990. * Reprinted in Guitar Classics XIV: Nothin’ But The Blues. Topic: Wolf’s historical account of the pop influence and blues in rock guitar music, with an emphasis on Chuck Berry. “The mid-1950s produced a hotbed of musical idioms—a sonic collision waiting to happen. Rock ‘n’ roll is generally thought to have been born when ‘race records’ could no longer be denied their rightful place in the culture…”

Ritchie Blackmore, A Musical Profile. GPM, March, 1986. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of the Deep Purple Perfect Strangers album. “From the first sustaining organ note, one finds himself immediately transported to the DP zone…”

See Deep Purple

See Eurometal

Black Sabbath, GPM, Music Appreciation. November, 1990. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis and overview of Black Sabbath songwriting and playing style. “They introduced a heaviness in the genre beyond the known practitioners of the day…

Black Sabbath, GPM, Music Appreciation. December, 1994. Topic: Wolf looks at the favorite Sabbath riffs and guitar style of Tony Iommi. “1969 marked the beginning of a new age…”

Makin’ It Blue, FF, Vol.3. Winter, 1991. * Topic: Wolf’s overview of guitars and styles of Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Robin Trower, and Bonnie Raitt.

See Muddy Waters, B.B.King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chuck Berry, Johnny Winter, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie Raitt, Gary Moore, Robben Ford.

Tommy Bolin, GPM, Music Appreciation. May, 1990. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Bolin’s jazz-rock style. Includes music examples from “Quadrant 4.” “Spectrum, a record still recalled and discussed with reverential tones, represents an important milestone…”

Boston, GPM, Music Appreciation. July, 1988. * “Boston, the rock band, is the musical pride of Massachusetts and one of the most talented and successful groups to hail from New England…”

David Bowie, GPM, Music Appreciation. November, 1994. Topic: Wolf presents the music history of David Bowie and the guitarists who accompanied him: Mick Ronson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Reeves Gabrels et al. “Who can say where it came from? The ambitious experiments and androgynous sexual implications that characterized the British glam genre had been percolating…”

Buffalo Springfield, GPM, Music Appreciation. January, 1991. * Topic: Wolf’s retrospective on the classic California rock band. “The Sunset Strip in the mid 60s was a haven for free thinkers, radicals, misfits, runaways, and, of course, artists and musicians…”

Larry Carlton, Musical Profile. GPM, October, 1986. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Room 335 album. Includes personal commentary by Carlton. “Recently I had the enviable opportunity of sitting down with Larry, guitar in hand, to talk about the music…”

Eric Clapton, GPM, Music Appreciation. February, 1988. Reprinted in The Guitar Classics VI. * Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Layla. Includes Wolf’s detailed chart: A Selected Chronology of Eric Clapton (to Layla). “Summer, 1966. London, England: The gray walls of the town’s trendy districts bear the graffiti that he is ‘God,’…”

Steppin’ Out. GS, Rock History. March, 1991. Reprinted in Wolf Marshall’s Rock History book by HLC. Topic: Wolf’s first installment of Rock History in Guitar School. A music-guitar analysis of Blues Breakers: John Mayall with Eric Clapton album. Wolf takes you back to 1966, as he examines one of Clapton’s finest moments. “Gus Dudgeon remembers it well. In late Spring of 1966, an exciting new blues band led by John Mayall entered the studio…”

Eric Clapton, GPM, Music Appreciation. January, 1995. Topic: Wolf examines the blues guitar style of Eric Clapton and the music on From the Cradle. “It happened in London: the British r&b scene, begun by such founding fathers as John Mayall, Graham Bond, Alexis Korner and Long John Baldry, had been gaining momentum…”

The Cream of Clapton, WMGO, Riff Box. June, 1997. Topic: Wolf analyzes a showcase of riffs from rock’s first true supergroup. “Cream was rock’s premier power trio. Brought together in the mid 60s…”

The Classical Influence, GPM, Music Appreciation. March, 1988. Topic: Wolf’s highly-acclaimed overview and analysis of the Classical, Baroque and Romantic influences on modern rock is considered an invaluable reference work. “Music is a notoriously cyclical art…”

See Surf Music

Perfect Strangers, see Blackmore, Ritchie.

Deep Purple, GPM, Music Appreciation. December, 1990. * Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Machine Head. “All the diverse sounds that had been germinating in British rock and progressive idioms came to fruition in the music of Deep Purple…”

See Euro-Metal

Euro-Metal Special, Riff Box, WMGO. August, 1997. Topic: Wolf’s in-depth guide to the origins, riffs and solos of one of rock’s most distinctive styles. Featuring the music and commentary of Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow), Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) and Rudolph Schenker (Scorpions). Also includes solos and riffs by Uli Roth, Michael Shenker and Matthias Jabs.

Fender’s 50th Anniversary CD. FF, Big Shots. Fall, 1996. Topic: Wolf annotates the music of 17 classic Fender guitar tracks. A preview from the 50th Anniversary CD.

Five Years of Rock Guitar. GPM, November, 1988. Topic: Wolf’s overview and analysis of rock’s greatest guitar moments from 1983 to 1988. Includes music of Def Leppard, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, U2, Steve Vai and Joe Satriani. “Not since the epic decade of the 1960s has rock guitar seen as many influential instrumentalists…”

Lita Ford, GPM, Music Appreciation. March, 1990. * Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar overview and analysis of Lita. “Lita Ford’s 15 year career has been marked by a single-minded effort to overcome the stigma of exploitation that has haunted her since her first project…”

Fusion Guitar. GE, Vol.1 No.3. Fall 1990. Topic: Wolf’s analysis of four leading fusion guitarists of the period, Robben Ford, Mike Stern, Frank Gambale and Scott Henderson. “Another alumnus of the Miles Davis band, Robben Ford is unique among fusion guitarists by virtue of his signature amalgam of traditional urban blues, Carltonesque melodicism and mainstream jazz and bebop ideas…”

Fusion Guitar. GE, Vol.1 No.3. Fall 1990. Topic: Wolf’s analysis of four leading fusion guitarists of the period, Frank Gambale, Robben Ford, Mike Stern and Scott Henderson. “Frank Gambale has refined his legendary sweep picking approach to a point beyond technique and into the realm of pure musical ideas…”

A Salute to Gibson: The First 100 Years, GPM, Music Appreciation. September, 1994. Poster feature. Topic: Wolf’s tribute to the great Gibson guitar players and their instruments. Includes music and a special poster chart: A 100 Years of Gibson. “The Gibson is more than remarkable—it’s a living, breathing piece of American folklore and officially 100 years old …”

The Grateful Dead. GPM, Music Appreciation. April, 1990. * Poster feature. Topic: Wolf’s music -guitar analysis and overview of the American Beauty album. “The music of the Grateful Dead has been previously lumped into the so-called ‘San Francisco Sound’ of the 60s…”

Studio Guitarists. GTR, April 1996. Wolf and Steve Lukather discuss four decades of leading studio guitarists. Featured music includes Jay Graydon’s “Twilight Tone” harmony guitar solo. “Jay’s classic sound is his red ES-335 and an Orange Squeezer…”

Guns N’ Roses, GPM, Music Appreciation. November, 1989. Topic: Wolf’s overview of GN’R Lies. “Any band that can cross the boundaries of metal and achieve multiple-song chart success, get airplay with a near six-minute single, boast a theme song to a movie without compromising their credibility…”

Jeff Healey, GPM, Music Appreciation. January, 1990. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of See The Light album. “The great B.B.King once told me that the blues is a feeling. He went on to say that he could hear the blues in John Lennon, Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson…”

Fusion Guitar. GE, Vol.1 No.3. Fall, 1990. Topic: Wolf’s analysis of four leading fusion guitarists of the period, Scott Henderson, Frank Gambale, Mike Stern and Robben Ford. “Scott Henderson came to prominence in the context of Chick Corea’s Elektric Band of the mid-1980s…”

Jimi Hendrix, A Musical Appreciation. GPM, September, 1985. Reprinted in The Guitar Classics, No.1. Winter 1987. Reprinted again in Guitar Classics VII. “One may wonder if the distant sounds that called to Jimi Hendrix, those intonations and vibrations he heard and emulated thru his music, were real or imagined…”

Jimi Hendrix, GPM, Music Appreciation. September, 1987. * Poster feature. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Electric Ladyland. “Jimi Hendrix reigns as the most influential instrumentalist in the history of rock…”

Are You Experienced?, GPM, Music Appreciation. June, 1990. * “Modern rock was born on Are You Experienced? Never before had a record made such a quantum leap from the status quo…”

Axis: Bold as Love. GS, Rock History. July, 1991. Wolf’s extraordinary tour of rock’s outer limits via Jimi’s timeless classic. Reprinted in Wolf Marshall’s Rock History book by HLC. “By the time Jimi Hendrix arrived in London in September of 1966, the British blues explosion had already attained megaforce proportions…”

The Jimi Hendrix Experience Riff Box. WMGO, Riff Box. Vol.3 1996. Topic: Wolf examines 17 classic Hendrix Experience riffs. “There are guitarists, there are virtuosos and there are innovators—and then there’s Jimi Hendrix…”

At Last! The Jimi Hendrix Tribute Series Guitars, FF, Fall, 1996. Topic: Wolf introduces Fender’s Jimi Hendrix Tribute Strats to the world. “Throughout his trailblazing and highly influential career, Jimi Hendrix relied on one guitar extensively to do his musical bidding—the Fender Stratocaster.”

Allan Holdsworth, GPM, Music Appreciation. April, 1987. Topic: Wolf’s music analysis of Allan’s guitar styles on Road Games and IOU. “Allan Holdsworth has been inspiring and astonishing guitarists and listeners alike since his debut…”

The Early Years, GPM, Music Appreciation. March, 1989. Topic: Wolf’s music analysis of Allan’s guitar approach in the 70s. “Allan Holdsworth began his recording career with the ambitious, though obscure English fusion band Tempest…”

Glenn Hughes: Big Shots, FF, Big Shots. 1993. Topic: Wolf and legendary rock bassist-vocalist discuss his career and instruments.

Heroes of Instrumental Rock, GPM, April, 1989. * Poster feature. Topic: Wolf’s overview of instrumental rock music from Arthur Smith to Joe Satriani.

Iron Maiden, GPM, Music Appreciation. January, 1989. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. “There is a mysterious importance to the number seven…”

Eric Johnson, GPM, Music Appreciation. December, 1988. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Tones. “The dictionary has no less than a dozen definitions of the word ‘tone’ in regards to the arts. Eric Johnson’s 1986 debut recording embodies the myriad implications of tone musically…”

Alive and Kicking. GS, Rock History. July 1992. Topic: Wolf’s music -guitar analysis of Kiss’ Alive! You wanted the best, and you got it—Wolf presents Kiss, the hottest band in the land. “Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Kiss will not go away. They represent a milestone in the 20th Century cultural landscape…”

Studio Guitarists. GTR, April 1996. Wolf and Steve Lukather look back on four decades of great studio guitarists. “Mike is a Strat player, always has been, and he’s meticulous about his sound…”

Led Zeppelin IV, GPM, Music Appreciation. April, 1986. * “Led Zep rose from the ashes of the Yardbirds when Jimmy Page, through a chain of succession from Clapton to Beck to Page, found himself in possession of the name but no band…”

Led Zeppelin II, GPM, Music Appreciation . December, 1987. Reprinted in Guitar Classics 8. * “Legend has it that Who drummer, the late Keith Moon, made the humorous remark that they would ‘go down like a lead balloon’…”

Zep-Mania: The Led Zeppelin Influence, GPM, August, 1988. “’Zep-mania’ is rampant today and may ostensibly be the single most controversial issue in the rock music of 1987 and 1988…”

Led Zeppelin Riff Box. WMGO, Vol.2 1995. Topic: Wolf examines 13 classic Zep riffs from the first five albums. “If riffs are the lingua franca of the rock and metal world, then Led Zeppelin was its leading spokesband…”

Road Tested. GE, Summer, 1990. Topic: Wolf’s overview and analysis of Albert Lee’s country and rock guitar style. Includes effect settings for Lee’s famed echoplex licks. “Albert Lee’s playing evokes the image of his treasured vintage Ferrari—classic, impeccably crafted, inimitable but often imitated…”

Studio Guitarists. A look at the Faces Behind the Fingers. GTR, April 1996. Wolf and Steve Lukather look back on four decades of the greatest studio guitarists. With special commentary by Steve Lukather. Featured music includes Lukather’s “Breakdown Dead Ahead” solo. “In the late 70s, I was the ‘new rock guy’—rawer than Jay Graydon or Larry Carlton. Though I owned a 335, I played a Les Paul and was the first heavy power chord player on record dates…”

Steve Lynch, Musical Profile. GPM, February, 1986. Topic: music-analysis of first two Autograph albums. Includes special tap-on tips from Steve Lynch. “Steve has offered this warm-up exercise especially for the readers…”

Second Helping, GPM, Music Appreciation. May, 1986. Includes a detailed chart: A Family Tree of Southern Rock. “Southern Rock had been brewing in the south for over a decade…”

Maximum Security, GPM, Music Appreciation. June, 1988. “Tony Macalpine will never be a victim of the fragile line between accomplished musician and guitar slinger…”

Rising Force, GPM, Music Appreciation. July, 1990. Topic: Wolf’s analysis of “Icarus Dream Suite Opus 4.” Includes a detailed form diagram and music examples. “I have a vivid recollection of Yngwie Malmsteen. 1983 was the year: the year he literally turned the jaded city of Los Angeles on its musical ear…”

Pat Martino. GE, Vol.1 No.4. Winter 1991. Topic: Wolf’s analysis and overview of Pat Martino’s guitar style. Includes many music examples and full transcription of “Impressions.” “There are those among us who are destined to make music; individuals of remarkable ability and unique vision, who seem to reassemble the outer world internally and express the phenomenon as high art…”

…And Justice For All. GPM, June, 1989. * Poster feature. “Heavy metal is a continually evolving artform…” Reprinted from Cherry Lane’s Metallica songbook.

Wes Montgomery. GE, Premier issue. Topic: Wolf’s overview and analysis of Wes Montgomery’s guitar style: octaves, chords, blues, and single-note improvising. Includes a transcription of “Twisted Blues.” “By the time Wes Montgomery emerged from the fairly obscure club scene of his native Indianapolis, in 1959, he was already something of a legend…”

The Moody Blues, GTR, Music Appreciation. May, 1995. Topic: Wolf examines the compositional style of the Moody Blues and the guitar approach of Justin Hayward. Includes music and an interview with Justin. “The notion that The Moody Blues were in severe decline back in 1966 seems implausible—even laughable—today almost three decades later…”

Victims of the Future, GPM, Music Appreciation. July, 1986. “Gary Moore is a modern rock musician in the true sense…”

Gary Moore, GPM, Music Appreciation. October, 1990. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis and overview of Moore’s style. “Ask most rock guitarists who their favorite players are and Gary Moore is usually in their top ten…”

Gary Moore, GPM, Music Appreciation. October, 1994. Topic: Wolf traces the development of Gary Moore’s blues style. Features Gary’s blues music of the early 90s. “Belfast, Ireland—1966. The floor and ceiling shook. The whole room vibrated—it was filled with people, smoke, commotion, and a sense of urgency…”

Spotlight On Style, GuitarOne, August, 1998. Topic:musical overview of the R&B guitar styles of Motown from 1964-1972.

Ted Nugent, GTR, Music Appreciation. March, 1995. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar overview and analysis of Ted Nugent’s career, guitar style and favorite riffs. “The music pouring out of Detroit, Michigan, during the late 60s planted the seeds of hard rock, heavy metal and punk rock…”

Tom Petty, GPM, Music Appreciation. September, 1986. Topic: music analysis of Pack Up the Plantation live album. “Running the gamut of styles from 1960s revival material to 1980s American rock…”

David Gilmour, GPM, Music Appreciation. October, 1989. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here album. “1967—the notorious Summer of Love—a time when hippies and freaks across the world came to think of themselves as ‘counter-culture’…”

Moon Rock. GS, Rock History. May 1992. Reprinted in Wolf Marshall’s Rock History book by HLC. Topic: Wolf journeys to The Dark Side of the Moon for a detailed look at Pink Floyd’s aural masterpiece. “Dark Side of the Moon is a true masterpiece, and one of a handful of works in the rock medium that made a difference historically, aesthetically and sonically…”

Pink Floyd, GPM, Music Appreciation. June, 1994. Topic: Wolf’s career overview and analysis of David Gilmour’s guitar style in Pink Floyd. “For almost three decades Pink Floyd has prevailed as one of rock’s most innovative groups and one of the genre’s greatest and most enduring institutions…”

Regatta De Blanc, GPM, Music Appreciation. January, 1986. * “The Police, forerunners of textural music of the 80s, were spawned in the fertile punk rock scene of London…”

Killer Queen. GS, Rock History. September 1992. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of A Night at the Opera. Includes a detailed form chart for “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Brian May’s guitar orchestration reached new heights on Queen’s magnum opus…”

Highly Raitted, GPM, Music Appreciation. August, 1994. Topic: Wolf’s career overview and analysis of Bonnie Raitt’s blues guitar style. “Bonnie Raitt is a singular performer. Blessed with a voice that can go from a soft, silky purr to a soulful, husky growl, she also commands attention with her original and compelling style on electric and acoustic guitar…”

Randy Rhoads: A Musical Appreciation, GPM, June, 1985.* Topic: music-guitar overview. “The first time I heard Randy Rhoads…”

Randy Rhoads. GPM, April, 1986. * Topic: music-guitar overview of Rhoads’ style and sound. Contains diagram of Rhoads’ guitar signal path and effects. Later reprinted in Cherry Lane Randy Rhoads songbook. Reprinted again in Guitar Classics XIII: Live! “Randy Rhoads was born on December 6, 1956, in Santa Monica, California, and left us, all too soon, on March 20, 1982…”

Tribute, GPM, Music Appreciation. August, 1987. “He left behind a precious few gems of guitar wizardry…”

Lost Boy. GS, Rock History. May 1993. Topic: Wolf’s in-depth analysis of “Suicide Solution” from the live Ozzy Osbourne / Randy Rhoads Tribute. “There is only a handful of truly great rock albums, and even fewer great live albums…”

Pepper Pot. GS, Rock History. July 1993. Topic: Wolf’s look at the Blood Sugar Sex Magik album. Includes a family tree cartoon diagramming the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ evolution from rock and r&b roots. “In 1992 the ‘alternative’ became ‘mainstream.’ Groups like Nirvana, Jane’s Addiction, R.E.M. and Helmet caused a juxtaposition of consumer tastes…”

The Greatest Rock Riffs of the 70s. WMGO, Vol.4 1996. Topic: Wolf examines 17 of the most definitive guitar riffs of 70s rock. Features the music of Hendrix, Clapton, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, AC/DC and many more! “Often dubbed the era of excess, the 70s were certainly an era of excessive musical change…”

Rock Riffs of the 60s, from the British Invasion to Heavy Metal. WMGO, April 1997. Topic: Wolf examines 13 of the most classic guitar riffs of 60s rock. Features the music of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Cream, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, and many more! “There’s a saying that goes, ‘If you remember the 60s, you weren’t there.’ Today, that era figures more significantly than ever…”

Studio Guitarists. GTR, April 1996. Wolf and Steve Lukather discuss four decades of leading studio guitarists. Featured music includes “Captain Fingers” by Ritenour. “Lee was the first gadget freak I ever saw…”

Through The Past, Darkly, GPM, Music Appreciation. December, 1985. * “The compilation of material can be neatly grouped into three distinct artistic periods…”

Strange Days. GS, Rock History. September 1993. Topic: Wolf chronicles the growth of Rush’s eclectic style with an examination of “La Villa Strangiato,” the trio’s magnum opus. Features a detailed form chart and music examples. “With each new album, Rush evolves. Their music has reflected the stylistic changes of the 70s and 80s without compromising…”

Santana, GPM, Music Appreciation. February, 1987. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Abraxas. “Carlos Santana is one of those rare guitarists who truly speaks through his instrument…”

Joe Satriani, GPM, Music Appreciation. February, 1989. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Surfing with the Alien. “I have seen the future of rock guitar and his name is Joe Satriani…”

Built to Destroy, GPM, Music Appreciation. July, 1987. “His singular tone, probably his most identifiable trait, is colored by only one main effect—the wah-wah pedal…”

The Royal Scam, GPM, Music Appreciation. November, 1987. “Walking a tightrope between commercial pop-rock and obscure fusion, Steely Dan had become by 1975…”

Steely Dan, GTR, Riffology. October, 1996. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar overview of Steely Dan’s guitarists: Denny Dias, Jeff Baxter, Walter Becker, Larry Carlton, Jay Graydon.

Fusion Guitar. GE, Vol.1 No.3. Fall, 1990. Topic: Wolf’s analysis of four leading fusion guitarists of the period, Mike Stern, Robben Ford, Scott Henderson and Frank Gambale. “Mike Stern is an alumnus of the Miles Davis band of the early 1980s…”

Steve Stevens, Musical Profile. GPM, December, 1986. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Rebel Yell. Includes effects settings diagrams. “Rebel Yell resoundingly proclaimed a new height in modern rock…”

Andy Summers, GPM, Music Appreciation. August, 1989. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis and overview of Summers’ style with The Police. “Universally regarded as the founding father of the textural school of guitar, Andy Summers has been influential for over a decade…”

The Evolution of Surf Guitar, GTR, Music Appreciation. December, 1995. Topic: Wolf traces the development of the surf guitar genre from the 60s to the present. Featured music by the Ventures, Dick Dale and the Surfaris. “The place was rocking—filled to capacity with bodies sweating and thrashing to an irresistible beat…”

Surf Guitar, WMGO, Vol.5 1996. Spotlight on Style. Topic: Wolf examines the musical elements that form the surf guitar style. Features music by Dick Dale, the Surfaris, and the Chantays. “The sound and style we know and love as surf music has its roots in early rock ‘n’ roll, r&b, country and pop…”

Blue Murder, GPM, Music Appreciation. December, 1989. Poster feature. “Blue Murder is a testimony to the integrity of John Sykes. Emerging with a power trio…”

Studio Guitarists. GTR, April 1996. Topic: Wolf and Steve Lukather look at the work of the greatest studio guitarists of the last four decades. “Tommy Tedesco is the ‘Segovia of the studio’…”

Banded Together. GPM, February, 1990. * Topic: Wolf’s overview and analysis of the second Tesla album The Great Radio Controversy. Reprinted from Cherry Lane songbook. “Regarded far and wide as an honest-to-goodness workingman’s band, Tesla has come to represent in their integrity, individuality and unflagging fidelity to the band ethic…”

Traffic Report, GPM, Music Appreciation. July, 1994. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Traffic, featuring the styles of Steve Winwood and Dave Mason. “Winter, 1966. London, England: He is an international superstar when most in his age group are concerned with post-puberty rites…”

Bridge of Sighs, GPM, Music Appreciation. April, 1988. * “Robin Trower first came to prominence in 1967 as the guitarist for Procol Harum…”

U2, GPM, Music Appreciation. January, 1987. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of War. “The 1983 release War ranks as some of the finest music U2 recorded, and sums up their early period…”

Eat ‘Em and Smile, GPM, Music Appreciation. March, 1987. “Vai’s past recordings have shown him to be an artist with his own distinctive voice…”

Steve Vai, GPM, Music Appreciation. May, 1989. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Vai’s work prior to the Roth band. Music of Alcatrazz featured. “Unique, philosophical and dedicated, Steve Vai is the complete musician…”

Women and Children First, GPM, Music Appreciation. October, 1985. * “The third successful outing for Van Halen, presented some firsts, and some changes…”

5150, GPM, Music Appreciation. September, 1988. * “When lead singer David Lee Roth left Van Halen, shortly after the 1984 album and tour, rumors and speculation ran rampant about the ‘next Van Halen’…” Reprinted from 5150 songbook intro.

1984, GPM, Music Appreciation. September, 1990. Poster feature. “1984 offered an enlarged and ambitious view of Van Halen—the band, the guitarist, the sound, the phenomenon…”

Van Halen Riff Box. WMGO, Premier issue 1995. Topic: Wolf examines 13 key riffs of Van Halen from the first three albums. “In rock music, where riffs are king, Van Halen reigns supreme…”

A Tribute to Stevie Ray. GS, March, 1992. Rock History. Reprinted in Wolf Marshall’s Rock History book by HLC. Topic: All of SRV’s memorable riffs, killer grooves, fingerpicking tricks and improvised moves in this special installment. “A self-proclaimed melting pot of styles, his playing reflected his passion for Chicago, Texas and Mississippi Delta blues, early rock ‘n’ roll, r&b, jazz/bebop and swing, as well as post-Hendrix modernism…”

Joe Walsh, GTR, Music Appreciation. November, 1995. Topic: Wolf ‘s look at the career and guitar style of Joe Walsh. Featured music from the James Gang, Joe Walsh band and the Eagles. “Joe Walsh is one of the most enduring figures in the annals of rock music…”

Blues-Rock of Ages: Hoochie Coochie Men. WMGO, April 1997. Topic: Wolf examines the classic blues tune “Hoochie Coochie Man” as played by Muddy Waters, and covered by Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. “Muddy Waters is the father of electric blues—pure and simple. From this premise we go directly to the conclusion that he is also the forefather of blues-rock, hard rock, metal and a myriad of related modern music styles…”

Peter Townshend. The Who: Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy. GPM, Music Appreciation, August, 1986. * “The Who emerged from the potent R&B club scene of mid-sixties London…”

The Who Riff Box. WMGO, Vol.5 1996. Topic: Wolf examines the Who’s classic riffs from 1964—1971. “The Who are the personification of power…”

Johnny Winter, GTR, Music Appreciation. June, 1995. Topic: Wolf explores the roots of Texas blues and Johnny Winter’s blues guitar style. “Concurrent with his switch to guitar was Johnny’s discovery of the blues…”

Chops City, Research and Development, GPM, November, 1986. Topic: Wolf’s overview of the year’s leading rock guitarists.

Fragile, GPM, Music Appreciation. November, 1985. * “On Fragile, Steve Howe proves to be a musician of great scope and resources, both technically and emotionally…”

Eliminator, GPM, Music Appreciation. June, 1986. “All the songs and arrangements on Eliminator are based on simple yet elusive ingredients…”

ZZ Top, GPM, Music Appreciation. February, 1990. Topic: Wolf’s music-guitar analysis of Billy Gibbon’s blues-rock approach in “La Grange.” “Billy Gibbons first gained national attention when Jimi Hendrix cited him as the most notable new guitarist…”

Rough Boy, GS, Rock History. November 1992. Topic: Wolf’s look at Billy Gibbons’ grittiest peso-picked licks from ZZ Top Greatest Hits. “Nineteen ninety two marks ZZ Top’s 23rd anniversary as a working band…”

Record Liner Notes

Various Artists: Fender 50th Anniversary Guitar Legends. 1996.
Pointblank/Virgin Records. CD# 7243 8 42088 2 0.
Wolf annotates 17 classic guitar performances by Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Dick Dale, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, the Vaughan Brothers, Deep Purple, Nirvana, and others.

Catch 22: Reappearance. 1996.
Pursestrings. CD# C22396.
Wolf annotates the acoustic guitar music of Catch 22 in their debut album. Catch 22 is a quartet comprised of four of the finest musicians in the Pittsburgh area.

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