That time guitar phenomenon Allan Holdsworth told me that he originally wanted to play sax

By Steve Newton

If you’re a certified guitar freak, you’ve no doubt already heard the sad news of Allan Holdsworth’s passing. The pioneering British prog-jazz virtuoso has passed away at the age of 70.

Yesterday I posted an audio excerpt from the interview I did with Holdsworth back in 1986, in which he talked about the financial challenges he was facing, struggling every month to make ends meet even though he was being touted everywhere as the next big thing on guitar.

Today I’m posting another excerpt from that conversation, in which he talks about first picking up the guitar at 17 because his dad had one lying around. He points out that his first choice of instrument was the saxophone, but that they were too expensive.

Have a listen:

 

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