Joe Satriani, guitarist
birth name: Joseph Satriani

Joe Satriani

July 15, 1956, Westbury, NY

Q: Do you think being self-taught helped you develop your unique style - the way Eddie Van Halen says it did for him? ~ A: Maybe so. But I feel like I learned from everybody else! ~ Joe Satriani Interview ~ 2002 ©

Joe Satriani is the quintessential electric guitar guru. His lyrical, soaring compositions are at once intuitively accessible, melodically sophisticated, and technically dazzling. One of the most widely respected and best-loved six-string artists of the past 20 years, he has also been a dynamic and influential teacher to such rock luminaries as Steve Vai, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Larry LaLonda of Primus, Counting Crow's David Bryson, and fusion wunderkind Charlie Hunter. ~ Musicians' Friend: Joe Satriani Interview ~ 1998 © Musicians' Friend

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July 15, 1995 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (2) Monica, Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days) ~ #2 (3) The Notorious B.I.G., One More Chance/Stay With Me ~ #1 (1) TLC, Waterfalls


“All forms of rock you have to have an attitude, you have to be expressing an attitude along with playing music. So I though wow, I don't even have these words to shock people with, to poke people in the eye with. So it turned out for me that it was the solo that seemed to be the ultimate expression of each song specifically. So I would really focus on the meaning of the song, what [does] the song mean to me. I know it's going to be a total longshot to convey this to the listener, but it's almost like I'm using it for my own device to be as expressive as possible, then that solo would embody the true unbridled meaning of that song, where the verses and choruses are somewhat polished up.” ~ Joe Satriani ~ Joe Satriani Interview ~ April 24, 2014 ©

Joe Satriani ~ Voted #5 Guitar World 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time in 2012.

As a Session musician, guest or band member

No Satriani guitar wizardry here, “just” (backing) vocals.

Crowded House ~ Crowded House (1986) ~ Ranked #71 Rolling Stone 100 Best Albums Of The Eighties in 1990 ~ It sounds like it was fun to make. Crowded House's debut album is full of lighthearted, melodic, enormously catchy pop songs […] But it turns out that the album wasn't so easy to make after all. “It's remarkable to me that it sounds like a really simple, easygoing album,” says Crowded House leader Neil Finn, “because there was quite a large amount of angst involved in making that record.” ~ 1990 © Rolling Stone

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