It Might Get Loud

Jimmy Page in <em>It Might Get Loud</em>

My review of It Might Get Loud is online at

The Edge represents something especially modern in rock-and-roll: the idea of the guitarist as pure technician. A great riff for him isn’t so much a combination of notes as a combination of noises — harmonics, distortion, wah-wah modulation, an echoed din chiming out into infinity like church bells in the Grand Canyon. The guitar itself is just an input device; the pealing tones and rhythms are created elsewhere.

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