The Jas Obrecht Music Archive: What’s Here

Jas Obrecht and Eddie Van Halen,  July 23, 1978.

Jas Obrecht and Eddie Van Halen, 1978.

This Archive’s collection of interviews and articles reflects my interest in the music, popular culture, and history of the past century. While most readers know me as an interviewer of rock and blues guitarists, I also have a deep passion for the era of cylinders and 78s. So here, alongside coverage of Duane Allman, Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, and other famous musicians, you’ll find detailed accounts of pre-WWI recording artists, classic blueswomen, and groundbreaking singer/guitarists such as Blind Blake, Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, Tampa Red, and Blind Willie McTell.

Exploring further, you can meet Nick Lucas, America’s first guitar star, or read the recollections of Benny Goodman, Floyd Smith, Les Paul, and others on the early days of the electric guitar. Jumping ahead a decade or two, Ricky Nelson remembers the birth of rockabilly, Muddy Waters and friends tour England and influence a generation of rockers, and Bob Dylan goes electric. Tommy Tedesco and Carole Kaye recount the golden age of studio guitar. The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Big Brother and the Holding Company recount San Francisco’s psychedelic era. You can also find reviews, stories of famous songs, and tributes to under-sung musicians like Jesse Ed Davis, Randy Rhoads, and Neil Woodward.

For additional in-depth, uncut interviews, check out Eric Johnson, Eddie Van Halen, Pops Staples, Ry Cooder, Jerry Garcia, Rory Gallagher, John Lee Hooker, Otis Rush, Steve Morse, Keith Richards, Joe Satriani, James Honeyman-Scott, Mick Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Leslie West, Jason Becker, Gretchen Menn, and many others. To enhance your experience, I’ve embedded audio and video wherever possible. With enough visitor support, I’ll be posting something new every week or two, so come back often.

Jas Obrecht head shotHow It Works

Each visitor is asked to make a donation for a year’s use of the Archive, using the Paypal link at upper right. Funds are applied to tech support and hosting fees. If you can’t afford it, come on in anyway.

About Jas Obrecht 

A twenty-year editor for Guitar Player and the founding editor of Pure Guitar magazine, Jas Obrecht has been writing about music since the mid 1970s. He wrote the first nationally published cover stories on Eddie Van Halen, Eric Johnson, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani. His other Guitar Player cover stories include Mick Ralphs, Pat Travers, Jeff Beck, Jeff Baxter, Billy Gibbons, Duane Allman, Craig Chaquico, Charlie Christian, Steve Morse, Andy Summers, Randy Rhoads, Brian May, Muddy Waters, Brian Setzer, Jimi Hendrix, Angus Young, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, Neil Young, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Ry Cooder, Keith Richards, Albert Collins, and John Lennon. He written for all of the major blues magazines, as well as for scholarly journals, fanzines, and websites. His books include Masters of Heavy Metal, Blues Guitar: The Men Who Made the Music, Rollin’ & Tumblin’: The Postwar Blues Guitarists, and My Son Jimi, co-authored with James A. Hendrix. He wrote the liners for Robert Johnson’s King of Delta Blues, Blind Willie Johnson’s Dark Was the Night, and John Lee Hooker’s 50 Years: John Lee Hooker Anthology, and produced DVDs and CDs for Buckethead. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and can be reached at jasobr@earthlink.net .

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Jas Obrecht, photo by Saroyan Humphrey, 03-2013.



5 comments on “About

  1. Antoine Payen on said:

    Nothing to say but : FANTASTIC ! Thanks to you for writing about my country blues guitar heroes, Blind Blake, Bo Carter, Sam Chatmon… Now I handbuild guitars with their sound in my mind, a lifetime quest !
    Again : thank you Jas.

  2. jcoolj59 on said:

    Great article on Gretchen Menn, a budding composer…Thanks Jas

  3. Susan Andaya on said:

    Fabulous stuff on this site as well as Pure Guitar! I’m waiting for PG #3 and am getting concerned that it’s not going to happen. Please, Please, Please! Thanks, Susan

  4. Evan Stout on said:

    What an amazing man you are!! So cool to see all of the Son House photographs. I am only 22 years old myself, but enjoy albums from the past thanks to my awesome parents. I live in Detroit and was turned on to Son house only to find he is buried here. I plan on making a pilgrimage to his burial site in the future!

  5. Yael Ganet on said:

    I’m sharing your website on my facebook page. My family has a well of creativity and music appreciation/making, I recently read about your creative writing class at WCC – wistfully thinking how great it would be to have been one of your students – and then, I realized that one of my granddaughters would undoubtedly be interested. Thank you for the work you do and the inspirations you assuredly trigger.

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