It’s not really news when Art Garfunkel says something about Paul Simon, but he’s obvious;y still bitter about their breakup years ago. Still, a quote that includes “I created a monster” is bound to get some attention.
It’s sad but also not surprising. Paul Simon can come across as a dope sometimes, but spending your entire professional career with your childhood friend seems pretty tough as well.
After years of begging, borrowing and stealing all the playing time you could, you’re finally in the enviable position of buying your first guitar. Just like your rock icons, soon you’ll be able to drag your instrument to rehearsals, shows and eventually into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But first you have to decide which model is right for you.
Commentators and fans have long thought of classical and popular music as though they were from two different worlds. It might surprise some fans to know that many top rock musicians actually have a classical background. Some musicians have actually incorporated some noticeable classical themes into their performances, but others might be less obvious to those who aren’t out on the lookout for classical inspiration.
Top Five Rock Musicians with Classical Backgrounds
1) Celebrated violinist Jascha Heifetz was a juggernaut in the world of classical music, and many of his descendents also have a healthy appreciation for classical music. That’s why some fans might be surprised to learn that 26Valencia, the drummer of the band Mr. Bungle and Dieselhed, is actually Daniel Mark Heifetz. He actually has experience with the trumpet and piano in addition to the drums.