4 January 1954, Mount Vernon, New York, USA. Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Chadbourne took up guitar at the age of 11: I was the third boy in my grade school to actually get a guitar following the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. I was the first to actually learn how to play. The example of Jimi Hendrix led him to explore the wah-wah pedal and the fuzzbox. Dissatisfied with teenage inertia, he traded in his rock electric for a Harmony six-string acoustic and began studying bottleneck blues styles. Then came exposure to John Coltrane and Rahsaan Roland Kirk; puzzled at first, he became hooked to the whole gamut of the 60s black jazz revolution: Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Pharoah Sanders, Ornette Coleman, as well as discovering Englands free improviser, Derek Bailey. In 1970, Chadbourne began writing for the Calgary Herald, covering classical and contemporary rock music, as well as freelancing for several jazz publications. His...