Joseph Satriani, 15 July 1956, Westbury, New York, USA. Satriani, who grew up in Long Island, is a skilled guitarist responsible for teaching the instrument to, among others, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, and Steve Vai. After travelling abroad extensively in his youth he returned to the USA to form the Squares. This project folded in 1984 through an abject lack of commercial recognition, giving Satriani the opportunity to concentrate on his experimental guitar playing. The outcome of this was the release of an EP, Joe Satriani. Following a spell with the Greg Kihn band, appearing on Love And Rock And Roll, Satriani released Not Of This Earth (1986), an album that was less polished than its successor, Surfing With The Alien. Despite offering no vocal accompaniment, this set was a major seller and brought mainstream respect to an artist often felt to be too clinical or technical for such reward. In 1988 he was joined more permanently by Stuart Hamm (bass) and Jonathan...
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