Author(s): Joel McIver
Featuring QR code connections to video links for every entry, Ultimate Rock Riffs offers quick access to 100 carefully selcted Youtube videos. The ultimate rock riffs are the ones that you recognize from the first chord or bar - they have immediate impact and always bring a smile to the face, they are the identity and the backbone of a rock song. Everyone has their opinions on the best-ever riffs, and there will never be a consensus - but we can have a go! This great little giftbook is the ideal stimulus to lively and impassioned debate about whether Deep Purple's instantly familiar 'Smoke On The Water' should take the crown or perhaps it seems obvious to you that it should be Cream's 'Sunshine Of Your Love'; you may value something a little more eclectic in Rush's 'Spirit Of Radio' or feel the need to champion more contemporary whiz kids Muse with their 'Hysteria' - with entries on over a hundred of the best-loved riffs, as well as our suggestions for a Top 100 list and a Top Riffing Guitarists list, from Hendrix to Page, and absorbing text alongside iconic images for each entry, you may not reach a conclusion but you'll enjoy the musing.
Joel is the author of 20 books on music: another 30 exist in translation. His best-known book is 2004's Justice For All: The Truth About Metallica, which has sold close to 50,000 copies in several languages. He regularly appears on radio and TV and was labelled 'the top rock scribe writing today' in a 2009 anthology of music writing. Robb Flynn is the founder, frontman and guitarist of Bay Area-based metal band Machine Head. The winners of many awards for their music, three million records sold, and a 2008 Grammy nomination, Machine Head have toured the world since 1994 and have played alongside the planet's biggest bands. As a riff writer, Flynn has anchored Machine Head with his incisive, uncompromising approach to his craft.