RANDY RHOADS Book Now Available
Velocity Publishing Group have released a new book on legendary
guitarist RANDY RHOADS
. Titled Randy Rhoads, the book can be ordered at this location.
Before his tragic death at the age of 25, Randy Rhoads was on a fast
track to being hailed by critics and public alike as the greatest rock
guitar player of all time. Over a short two-year period, Randy recorded
two seminal multi-platinum albums with OZZY OSBOURNE,
which are heralded
today as among the most noteworthy recordings in hard rock music
history. Through his jaw-dropping six-string work on songs such as
'Crazy Train', 'Mr. Crowley' and 'Flying High Again', Randy Rhoads
achieved legendary status as a guitar icon and his artistic legacy
continues to grow with each passing year.
A brilliant guitar virtuoso, Randy's masterful ability of bridging
rock and classical techniques helped him forge a groundbreaking style of
guitar playing. In 1981, Guitar Player magazine honored Randy by
selecting him as best new talent of the year. Humble and self-effacing,
Randy refused to rest on his laurels. Instead, being bestowed with this
prestigious award motivated him to strive for greater creative heights.
Tragically, Randy's life ended much too soon when on the morning of
March 19, 1982 he was killed in a small private plane that careened into
the garage of a plantation home in Leesburg, Florida.
Randy Rhoads' ascendancy to super-stardom was inevitable. Tirelessly
honing his craft, he was a devoted student of his instrument, endlessly
practicing and perfecting his skills. His days were spent as a guitar
teacher and by night he solidified his rising reputation as the "next
big thing" on the Hollywood club scene. His big break arrived when he
assumed the lead guitar slot in Ozzy Osbourne's solo band. Soon the
entire music world would be dazzled by his spectacular flights of fiery
fretboard sizzle, swiftly recognizing the merits of this burgeoning
With his dynamic six-string wizardry, Randy Rhoads invented an
exciting and technically advanced style of explosive hard rock guitar
playing that dominated the '80s music scene. Decades later, his massive
influence continues to shape, educate and inspire first, second and
third generation players and music fans that marvel at his extraordinary
musicality and stunning instrumental prowess. Today, Randy's legendary
status as a guitar hero is assured, joining the pantheon of rock's Mt.
Olympus where he stands proudly alongside such revered guitar heroes as
JIMI HENDRIX, ERIC CLAPTON, JIMMY PAGE, JEFF BECK
and RITCHIE BLACKMORE.
No one trick pony, Randy was well versed in a multitude of musical
genres seamlessly cross-navigating rock, blues and classical. In fact,
his immense love of classical music continued to be a driving force in
his life. Until his untimely death, he continued to take classical
guitar lessons in an effort to break new ground as a player.
Today, mythologized and immortalized, Randy Rhoads
has become a
veritable pop culture institution. Paying homage to his pioneering
ability, Marshall Amplifiers created a custom amplifier that bears
Randy's name and signature sound. Action figures and sculptures with
Randy's likeness have become highly sought after collector's items,
while Jackson Guitars have sold millions of Randy Rhoads model guitars,
pleasing the late guitarist's loyal legion of dedicated followers. His
image graces innumerable music magazine covers annually.
Finally, after years of anticipation, comes the release of Randy
Rhoads, a biography written by Steven Rosen and Andrew Klein, which
vividly documents Randy's life and career. Teeming with hundreds of rare
photographs and memorabilia, the book chronicles an oral history of
Randy's remarkable life through those who knew him best. Packed with
countless emotional and poignant stories about the guitar icon, the book
weaves a powerful tapestry of colorful memories about his life, which
help provide deeper insight into Randy, the man, the myth, the legend.
His life is a lasting testament to his supernatural talent and quiet