The world of rock guitar lost a legend recently with the passing of Alvin Lee. Born in Nottingham, England, Lee was the leader of the band Ten Years After. His performance at Woodstock in 1969 catapulted him into the front ranks of the period’s British guitar heroes, which included Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and Pete Townshend. Music Designer, Blake Deming pays homage, translated through a representative video performance by Lee that captures the intensity of the guitar legend’s style, and the mind blowing essence of his era. Alvin Lee’s performance and influence live on. Experience this . . . .

Upon hearing of Alvin Lee’s passing, I began to contemplate the first law of thermodynamics.

Whilst Alvin’s performance at Woodstock transferred mind bending energy amongst hippies and squares alike, the Woodchopper’s Ball below was incendiary and deliciously deconstructed. It is important to remember that no rhythms or melodies were destroyed in the process. The woodpile is still safe. We still study in the woodshed. Woody Herman survives. Alvin Lee rocks onward.

– Submitted by Blake Deming, Music Design