Fred Frith

 

Musician James Elkington talks shop with improvisation pioneer Fred Frith. Frith now spends his time teaching music at Mill's College in Northern California, but most musicians remember him for his Guitar Solos albums, his work with Henry Cow and the recordings he made with John Zorn. Frith talks about the influences he had growing up (including Pete Townshend, David Toop, Derek Bailey and Jerry Garcia) and some of his varied music collaborations over the years. We also get an up-close peek at his 1959 Gibson ES-345.

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