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Designer Labels? In MUSIC!?

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In the midst of straightening up my creative space, I found all my old Guitar World magazines in a corner.  Looking at the theme for the issue, it says “[Joe] Perry and Slash Show You How To Become A Real Guitar Hero” in lieu of the popular success of the video game series Guitar Hero.  Alongside articles featuring Slash talking about the creation of Guitar Hero III and it’s normal lessons, it shows people how to DRESS like a Guitar Hero.

The introduction to the article:

“So you want to be a rock and roll star?  Getting an electric guitar and learning how to play just isn’t enough these days.  You may be able to dish out dizzying licks and blazing riffs with the best of them, but no one’s going to notice if you show up onstage looking like the proprietor of a comic book store.  To become a star you need to look like one, and the best place to start is with your stage attire.”

It then goes into detail on things like jackets, shirts, pants, underwear, shoes, hats, and accessories and where to find them for “cheap.”  But the article irks me.  I got to wondering “When the hell did a GUITAR MAGAZINE start caring about the way people look?”

I may be wrong, but isn’t music supposed to be based on SOUND rather than APPEARANCE?  What happened to just wearing jeans and a black t-shirt on stage, or just getting off work from the gas station and going and playing a show?  Is it too much to ask to see a good band wearing bland clothing than a crappy band wearing designer label merchandise just to get noticed?

You can have all the equipment in the world and the best wardrobe money can buy, but if you can’t dish out good music what’s the point in everything surrounding you?  In a world of guitar, if you can shred you can shred, and a $140 dollar jacket isn’t going to change that fact.


Written by Paul K

June 1, 2008 at 1:31 am

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  1. So that’s why I’m not famous.

    Jacob Z

    June 1, 2008 at 1:33 am

  2. What in the hell? Many of the great guitarists, by stupid Rolling Stone standards, don’t really have much pizazz. I mean, look at a dude like Santana or Jerry Garcia or something. And ironically, Sonic Youth is in GH (with one of the few songs of theirs I don’t really care for… and it seriously doesn’t belong in the game, imo) and they’re not, like, serious stage queens. Haha. Man.

    And Joe Perry? I lol.

    Marshall B

    June 1, 2008 at 4:14 am

  3. Dude, thats why I love the underground bands from the depths of Philippines, where I am from. I’m seeing pictures of these guys playing live in there pants, pink shirts, and sandals and there out there on stage with 15-20 people on crowd just rocking the fuck out. Its hot and humid, but these guys don’t even care.

    That’s why I embrace underground bands because there true love of music and love for fans are bridged together nicely, not by appearance but by the music.


    June 1, 2008 at 5:50 am

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