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Tommy Bolin — Rock's Forgotten Prodigy

Tommy Bolin — Rock's Forgotten Prodigy

In rock circles, there are those who are considered the musician's-musician.  A long-forgotten guitar hero whose meteoric career took place during a decade of extremes in creativity and self-destruction, is Tommy Bolin.

Self-taught, Bolin had the uncanny ability to listen to something once or twice and be able to play it — this made him his early financial stakes by being a virtuoso session musician.  No need for sheet music.  In fact, he couldn't read it ... just listen and play.

Guitarists such as Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Steve Vai, Doug Aldridge and Steve Stevens all say they were heavily influenced by at least one of the styles Bolin had mastered before dying from a heroin overdose, aged 25.

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