Green Splinter Group (GB)
Peter Green (f.
Peter Alan Greenbaum 29. oktober 1946) er en av rockens mest legendariske
gitarister, kjent for sin innsats i Bluesbreakers og Fleetwood Mac.
Green havnet først i søkelyset da Eric
Clapton sluttet i John Mayalls Bluesbreakers i
1966. Mayall stilte snart med en ny solist på
scenen: Peter Green; en ukjent musiker som ikke bare kopierte
Clapton perfekt, men som snart viste seg å ha sin egen, høyst personlige
Bare ett år seinere slo Green seg
sammen med seg bluesbreaker John McVie på bass, veteranen Mick Fleetwood
på trommer og en ung villmann ved navn Jeremy Spencer. Sammen startet de
gruppa Fleetwood Mac.
Gruppa steg sakte mot toppen, og i 1969 solgte de
mer enn The Beatles med tidenes gitarinstrumental-hit, den sakteflytende,
rytmisk suggererende «Albatross». Sommeren etter sa Green
overraskende takk for seg.
Frå 1970 deltok han bare sporadisk på ein del
plateinnspillinger. Store personlige problemer satte en stopper for
ham i mange år. I 1996 dannet han Splinter Group som blei ein stor
- Black Magic Woman - Man of the World - Oh Well er kjente
klassikere med Fleetwood Mac og Peter Green.
Her er en kort omtale på engelsk:
Born in the East End
of London in 1946, Peter Greenbaum's teenage passion was for the guitar,
inspired by contemporary popular guitarist Hank Marvin, blues icons like B
B King and Otis Rush, and also traditional Jewish music.
Peter started his
super stardom career playing in teenage bands the Looners and Shotgun
Express playing bass and later guitar with, amongst others, Mick Fleetwood
and Rod Stewart.
Clapton, at the
time lead guitarist with John Mayall's Bluesbreakers was worshipped as a
guitar hero on the London Blues scene. Green had big boots to fill when he
was asked to replace Clapton (who left to form Cream) in the Bluesbreakers
- but he was admirably equipped for the task. He developed his own unique
style on the album, 'A Hard Road'.
By 1967, drummer
Aynsley Dunbar had left Mayall, and Green's former "Looners"
buddy Mick Fleetwood was drafted in. A chance instrumental, 'Fleetwood
Mac' was recorded featuring Green, Fleetwood, and bassist John McVie. Thus
'the Mac' were born!
as a superb player was the creative focus of the band and their first
album, 'Fleetwood Mac' was an instant success, one of the best selling
British Blues albums ever. Hit singles soon followed - the number one
instrumental single 'Albatross' and "" (later a hit for Carlos
Santana). The epic, moody and tropical sounds that soared through
"Albatross" indicated that Fleetwood Mac were moving beyond the
confines of pure Blues to a new musical fusion. The band still continue to
record pure blues albums, like 'Blues Jam at Chess' the 1969 double album
recorded in Chicago which featured Willie Dixon, Otis Spann and J.T.
Other hit singles
followed; - 'Man of the World' sung by Peter Green, 'Oh Well' a single in
two parts, featured Peter playing Cello, Spanish guitar and Recorder on
part two, proceeded by Peter's final Mac album, 'Then Play On', combining
progressive music with intense blues jams.
and sudden fame played its own blues over the life of young Peter. The
band's final single 'The Green Manalishi' reflected Peter's phobia of his
own wealth, depicting money as the manifestation of the Devil. He became
very interested in religion, appearing on-stage wearing crucifixes and
flowing robes and fought with the band whom he encouraged to donate all
their money to charities. In 1970 Peter left the band.
the next decade Peter remained an active guitarist, guesting on several
blues albums with Memphis Slim, Bobby Tench's Gass and B B King and
gigging around London as well as releasing an album recorded in one night,
"The end of the Game". Ironically, for Peter the game was very
nearly over, hallucinations, mental health problems, and antipathy towards
the music industry led to him hanging up his guitar for the rest of the
decade. A few splattering of recordings followed like the album "In
the Skies" but reports were that Peter had grown his fingernails long
and his appearance was disheveled and distant - he took up the remaining
threads of a normal life left for him as Peter Greenbaum. Peter Green
"sightings" became nearly as notorious as his contemporary Syd
Barrett; rumours were that he was a gravedigger, a bartender in Cornwall,
a hospital orderly and a member of an Israeli commune.
By 1995 after a
Martin Celmins biography and release of a Gary Moore 'tribute' album,
interest in the Green Manalishi was building. In 1996 close friend Nigel
Watson persuaded Peter to relearn the guitar by playing the songs of blues
legend Robert Johnson, and the Splinter Group was born. In the same year,
MOJO magazine voted Green in the top three guitarist of all time - well
ahead of former rival Clapton - alongside Steve Cropper and Jimi Hendrix.
In 1998 he was the first British guitarist to be awarded a W.C. Handy
Blues Award by the Rhythm and Blues foundation. The band have recorded
four albums; Splinter Group, the Robert Johnson Songbook, Soho Sessions
and Destiny Road. The Splinter Group ethos is a clubbing together of its
versatile members talents to focus on the blues, reinvented in a fresh,
modern style. Hot Foot Powder is a continuation of the spirit of The
Splinter Group, recorded in the USA and featuring Nigel Watson and special
guests Dr. John, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Honey Boy Edwards.