Andy Rourke, The Smiths: Dark Matters

June 21, 2016 Williamsburg, Brooklyn Portraits of Andy Rourke, bass player for The Smiths and new band D.A.R.K. with Dolores O'roirdan from The Cranberries and DJ Ole Kaletsky credit Jen Maler

  The Smiths weren’t just another British band from the 80s: they shaped guitar music for an entire generation, propelled by the still-astounding bass parts of Andy Rourke. Set to star at next month’s London Bass Guitar Show next month,

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Duff McKagan: A Rose By Any Other Name

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Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan doesn’t just rock. He is rock. Ben Cooper meets the maestro Images: Tina Korhonen Few bassists sum up the rock’n’roll ideal more than Duff McKagan. Propelled to fame as the low end groover in rock

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Chowny CHB-1

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West Country luthier Chowny brings us a unique semi-acoustic bass. We send Duff Battye down the M4 to check it out The Bristol-based brand Chowny has come up with an interesting take on bass guitar, proactively seeking a gap in

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Peter Hook: Brought To Order

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Peter Hook, sometime of Joy Division and New Order, returns with a new autobiography. Jennifer Otter Bickerdike meets the great man for a chat about the past, present and future of his career as an iconic bassist BGM meets Peter

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Mesa Subway D-800 and S112/S115

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Mesa Engineering’s first venture into the Class D amp market is here! Mike Brooks takes the whole rig for a trouser-flapping spin Hailed for their fabulous valve amps, Mesa Engineering has taken a while to deliver their first lightweight, compact Class

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Interview: Shez Raja

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Indo-jazz virtuoso Shez Raja talks creativity and inspiration and what we can expect from his upcoming London Bass Guitar Show 2017 appearance. British-Asian bassist Shez hails from the Wirral, in the North-West of England. His first instrument was the violin,

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Hartke HyDrive HD15 and HD25 Combos

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Portable practice combos seem to be getting smaller by the day. Mike Brooks tests two lightweight combos from Hartke The HyDrive range, with their aluminium and paper cone hybrid, have proven to be very successful for Larry Hartke and his

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Bass Centre Bruce Thomas Profile

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Sometime Elvis Costello bassist Bruce Thomas comes up trumps with a signature bass from the Bass Centre. Joel McIver gives it a road-test Elvis Costello wouldn’t be quite the household name he is today without the assistance in the early

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LBGS 2017: Tickets On Sale Now

March 4 and 5 sees the return of the ultimate bass event in our world – the newly-expanded London Bass Guitar Show, held at Olympia in Kensington. See you there! David Ellefson, Megadeth “I’m super excited to be heading back for the

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Jah Wobble

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 Jah Wobble, aka John Wardle, is a man with an immense musical CV, from PIL to Invaders Of The Heart and beyond. Back with a new album, he tells BGM how he got to this point Images: Alex Hurst Our

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